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Back on Thursday, Corcoran looked at the forecast for Friday night and decided it did not to wait out a possible weather delay of its football showdown with Henninger, so they moved it to Saturday afternoon.

Perhaps the Cougars want a retake. Henninger's Frank Vigliotti returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Chris Hicks followed with three TD's and the Black Knights blasted the Cougars 36-14. The schedule is favorable for Henninger to be 4-1 going into the Oa slewct. 5 game at CBA.

So highlighted Saturday's football slate, where a slew of undefeated teams remained that way in Class D. Port Byron wore down Bishop Grimes 46-16 to stay right with Weedsport in D West, while West Canada handled Oriskany 39-8 and Westmoreland, fresh off its weather-delayed Pulaski scare early in the week, had an easier time with Beaver River 33-6.

Yes, Canastota is also 3-0 after an impressive 46-14 romp over Clinton, and Watertown IHC handled LaFayette 39-7 to set up a North division showdown with General Brown, but better stories were elsewhere, starting with APW, who saw quarterback Jarid Paninski threw for six touchdown passes in the Rebels' 51-14 victory over Adirondack.

And the best story of all was in Phoenix. The Firebirds earned its first victory since the October 2011 death of Ridge Barden, beating Thousand Islands 28-7 behind the work of Austin Furco (one TD pass and run) and Avery Chisolm, who scored twice. Ridge would be proud.

No question as to what was the largest event in high school sports this weekend, though.

They had more than 1,700 varsity cross country runners at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, where the Section III meet will take place Nov. 3. For now, though, it was just the VVS Invitational, so no F-M, who has disavowed most of these meets as it goes after national glory again. Also no Skaneateles, who decided to go to Chenango Forks, where the girls Lakers knocked off the likes of Ithaca and Corning.

Most everyone else in Section III was at VVS, and from a team standpoint C-NS (in Varsity 1), Baldwinsville (in Varsity 2) and Liverpool (in Varsity 3) all had team sweeps, mostly relying on their depth to pack the top 20 in whatever race they were a part of.

But Marcellus featured, too, with Ryan Manahan posting the fastest time of the day and teammate Rachel Garn winning her race, too. Fabius-Pompey's Erin McConnell was the fastest girls runner, in 18:43.6, as she won her second race in as many weeks. Jordan-Elbridge's Abby Gugel won her race, as did South Jefferson's Nick Tyler and Utica Proctor's Zakaria Adam.

They even spread the tournament fever to tennis. A week after F-M's epic win streak nearly ended at Baldwinsville, both the Bees and Hornets won their respective CNY Invitational tournaments, the Bees outlasting Mexico and the Hornets working past J-D.

Already, some developments in the pool, too. CBA brings back state champions from 2011, and one of them, Summer Schmitt, broke a pool record at West Genesee in Wednesday's season opener. Also, Watertown and South Jefferson won their respective divisions at the Frontier League Invitational, where the Cyclones' Samantha Favret broke two meet records, in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

To think....we're only in mid-September. It's only going to get more crowded.


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