ROCHESTER -- The News will have live updates all weekend from the football state semifinals at Paetec Park.
Maple Grove just advanced to the state final four by romping past defending champion Walton. Now Sweet Home is about to take on Corning West.
I'd like to ask everyone to keep the family of the late Tom Borrelli, my friend and colleague, in your thoughts. He worked for the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin as well as The News, and there are reporters from both papers who worked with (and laughed with) Tom here this weekend covering these four Section VI-Section IV semifinals. He would have loved these matchups. I'm still bringing back a program for him.
7:39 p.m. If you were tuning in to the live blog of the Maple Grove game, you will know that it is COLD here. The press box is a "temporary" structure which is made of plywood and plastic. I write "temporary" because it was this same exact way last year. There is power and wireless access, so we've got what we need to work.
7:43 p.m. There was some snow flurry action during the Class D game, but now we've got some full-blown flakes. The field is getting covered with snow. It's going to be interesting to try and tell where the ball is marked on the field. Wow. Definitely a wintry adventure covering this stuff tonight :-).
7:53 p.m. The teams are being introduced.
7:58 p.m. The PA guy just announced the game-time temperature as 19 degrees. Brrrrr.
8 p.m. We've kicked off. Corning West will start at its 40. There's a guy sweeping snow off the goal line behind Corning West.
8:02 p.m. Sweet Home was all over three runs by Corning West, and after a encroachment penalty West punts from its 46.
8:08 p.m. We have a Sweet Home TOUCHDOWN. An outstanding, eight-play drive started at the Sweet Home 24 and ended with a 3-yard run up the middle by Deshanaro Morris. Mike Lawandus kicks the extra point and the Panthers have a 7-0 lead with 6:03 left in the first quarter.
8:11 p.m. Corning West starts at its 18 after no return due to a mishandled kickoff.
8:13 p.m. Corning West calls a timeout with 5:36 left in the first quarter after recovering its own fumble on first down. On second and 11, Greg Riff is hit for a loss to set up third and 12 on the 16; on third down, Riff is hit at the original line of scrimmage and West punts from its 18.
8:14 p.m. Sweet Home takes over at the Corning West 37 wtih 4:18 left.
8:16 p.m. Sweet Home calls a timeout with 2:45 left in the first quarter. The Panthers are facing a third and 8 at the Corning West 19.
8:18 p.m. Morris takes a pitch to the right and converts a fourth-and-5 at the Corning West 16, setting the Panthers up with a first and goal at the 3.
8:19 p.m. Morris is in for another TOUCHDOWN, going in on first-and-goal from the 3. Lawandus kicks the extra point and the Panthers have a 14-0 lead with 1:54 to play in the first quarter.
8:22 p.m. And we have another Sweet Home TOUCHDOWN. A fumble by Riff on first down from the West 29 leads to a 30-yard fumble return for a score by D.J. Nettles. Another Lawandus kick and it is a 21-0 lead for Sweet Home with 1:38 left in the first.
8:26 p.m. We have another fumble for Corning West and Sweet Home will take over at the West 16.
8:27 p.m. It is the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER with Sweet Home leading, 21-0. The Panthers have second and 8 at the West 14.
8:30 p.m. Sweet Home has scored another TOUCHDOWN. On third-and-7 at the Corning West 15, Kacz hit Nettles on a nifty inside slant route. Nettles caught the ball inside the 10, spun off a defender and ran into the end zone. Lawandus adds another extra point and the Sweet Home lead is 28-0 with 11:17 left in the second quarter.
8:32 p.m. Corning West starts at its 19.
8:34 p.m. West's first first down comes on a 5-yard run by Austin Rose to the West 31.
8:35 p.m. West faces a fourth-and-4 at its 37 and runs Anthony Nybeck up the middle and he is 6 inches short. Sweet Home takes over at the Corning West 41 wtih 7:42 left in the first half. Questionable decision there.
8:39 p.m. On fourth-and-3 at the West 35, Kacz finds Nettles past the first-down marker and Sweet Home is at the West 27.
8:40 p.m. On the very next play, Kacz delivers an excellent pass down the middle of the field to Noah Nwachukwu, who keeps his balance to step into the end zone for the 27-yard TOUCHDOWN. Another Lawandus extra point makes it Sweet Home, 35-0, with 5:20 left in the first half. It is freezing cold here and Kacz threw a very pretty ball as if he was doing it at an August practice.
8:45 p.m. West, after starting at its 24, converts a fourth-and-1 at the 33 and has a first down at its 35.
8:47 p.m. Corning West converts another fourth down, a fourth-and-2 at its 43, to reach midfield. But soon after, on a pass on second-and-9 at the Sweet Home 49, a deflection by Morris leads to an interception by Josh Blango to give Sweet Home the ball at the West 41 with 20 seconds to play before halftime.
8:53 p.m. Sweet Home advanced to the 30 on a Reese end-around run in which he followed Mikal Coleman's lead block, then to the 27 on Coleman's run up the middle. Kacz was incomplete for Nettles to the right side before hitting Reese across the middle, but he was stopped at the 4 as the clock ran out. At HALFTIME, Sweet Home has a 35-0 lead.
9:15 p.m. We're back in action and back online after getting knocked off of the wireless connection here -- we've gone to the broadband card. Sweet Home is driving - it has a third and 3 at the Corning West 33. UB's winning score got a big hand from the Sweet Home side of the field.
9:19 p.m. A Morris fumble is recovered by Corning West, which takes over at its 22 with 8:19 left in the third quarter.
9:21 p.m. Corning West calls a timeout with 7:04 left and facing a third-and-5 at its 23. Two workers with snowblowers just came behind the play, using leaf-blowers to clear off some yardage lines.
9:22 p.m. Those lines will come in use now, because Sweet Home recovered a Corning West fumble and takes over at the West 22.
9:28 p.m. Sweet Home has another TOUCHDOWN by Morris, who ran in on fourth-and-goal at the 1. Lawandus added the extra point for a 42-0 Sweet Home lead with 4:38 left in the second quarter.
9:32 p.m. Corning West has a first down at the Sweet Home 49 as the clock goes under three minutes left in the third quarter. Updates will be sparse from here on in as I get to work.
Note: This game will be broadcast tomorrow afternoon on Time Warner.
9:34 p.m. Corning West moved to the Sweet Home 30 thanks to a penalty by Morris, who threw the ball away in frustration after he thought he had recovered a fumble.
9:37 p.m. West's drive ends with an interception by Nettles. Sweet Home takes over at its 5 with 45 seconds left in the third.
9:39 p.m. It is the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER.
9:43 p.m. Sweet Home scores another TOUCHDOWN with some reserves in the ballgame. Sophomore Mikal Coleman ran in up the middle from 3 yards out. The extra point kick has a bad snap and Sweet Home has a 48-0 lead with 9:27 left in the game. Backup quarterback Mike Wolcott, a senior who led Sweet Home to the Section VI championship game victory last year, was in for the drive.
9:53 p.m. Corning West has scored a TOUCHDOWN and a two-point conversion. Sweet Home leads, 48-8, with 4:15 left in the game.
10:17 p.m. Whoops. Ran down on the field for interviews before updating this a last time. FINAL SCORE: Sweet Home 48, Corning West 8.