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Ludden, Westhill score big football wins

Gaelic Knights top Tully; Warriors beat rival Solvay

All through the fourth quarter, Tully tried to catch up one more time. It came down to the final minute, and Black Knights quarterback Nate Doody had a throw to the end zone, but Montgomery made the interception and preserved Ludden's win.

Westhill's annual clash with Solvay went back and forth in the first quarter. The Warriors moved in front on Reed Derrenbacher's 10-yard scoring pass to Dan Gratien, but the Bearcats' Nick Cometti returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for six points and added the PAT.

So the two sides were even, 7-7, and stayed that way the rest of the half. Solvay, working hard to get its first victory since 2010, got on the board in the third quarter when Cometti scored for a second time, on a nine-yard run.

Yet the Warriors would move out in front for good in that period. Gratien led the way, catching six passes for 142 yards and also running for 67 yards on just nine attempts.

After Christian St. Amour scored on a 10-yard run, Gratien ran in from 13 yards out late in the third quarter. And Gratien would clinch the win when, in the fourth quarter, he caught a 21-yard TD pass from Derrenbacher, who for the night completed 13 of 23 passes for 234 yards.

This sets up, for the Warriors, a chance to move to the top of the Class B West division if it can knock off the defending champions, Chittenango, this Friday at 6:30. The Bears are no. 3 in the state and 4-0, and just delivered a 42-0 shutout of previously unbeaten Homer.

Jordan-Elbridge, like Westhill, was after its second win of the season, playing a Phoenix side that, 11 months ago, went through unimaginable tragedy when lineman Ridge Barden suffered a head injury in a game at Homer and passed away later that night.

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