The final 20 New York State public high school teams that played this weekend in the state semi-finals. There were 5 games at Middletown High School and 5 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. 3 of the 20 teams were Section II champions, Class B Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Class C Schuylerville and Class D Greenwich.

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Greenwich played in the early game on Friday in Middletown and was the first Section II team to go down. Section 7 Class D champ Moriah handled the Witches 28-7. Section V Class D winner Oakfield-Alabama/Elba got trounced by Section IV's Tioga 49-6 in the other early game.

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In the 6 o'clock games, at Middletown was the battle of the Section I Class A's Rye vs. Somers and it didn't disappoint. It was tied 7-7 at half and Somers won it on a 4th quarter touchdown 14-7. In the other 6pm Class A matchup Section III champ CBA-Syracuse defeated Section VI Jamestown 20-18. CBA scored 12 unanswered 4th quarter points to win that nail biter.

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On Saturday in the noon game at Middletown, Section II's Schuylerville Black Horses were more than ready for their Class C battle against Section I power Dobbs Ferry. The Horses rattled off 38 first half points while giving up only 7 on route to a 52-14 victory and a trip to the Carrier Dome and the state championship. Congratulations to head coach John Bowen and the entire Schuylerville Black Horses. In the noon game at Cicero-North Section IV champ Chenango Forks beat Section V champ East Rochester/Gananda 39-18.

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The 3pm games were the battle of the Class B's. Section II's Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk led by head coach Gary VanDerzee had been riding a storybook tale into the semi-finals this season but ran into a tough Section I Pleasantville defense on Saturday. The Panthers held off RCS 15-7 to advance. In the other Class B game Section IV's Maine-Endwell defeated Section VI's Western New York Maritime/Health Sciences Charter 41-8.

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The Class AA were the feature games of Saturday with the 6pm kick at each location. In Middletown, Section I champ Carmel pounded Section IX champ Newburgh Free Academy 47-13. At Cicero-North Syracuse, Section VI champ Bennett shutout home team, Section III champ Cicero-North Syracuse 38-0. All 5 Class championships will be next Friday and Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Stay tuned to The Drive with Charlie & Dan weekdays from 3p-7p for more details.

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