CARTHAGE Rodrick Groce and Josh Capers combined for nearly 300 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead unbeaten Carthage to a 28-0 victory over Watertown High School in the annual Friendship Cup, a Section 3 Class A National game on Friday night.
Groce ran for 177 yards and a 45-yard touchdown on 12 carries for the Comets (4-0). Capers finished with 89 yards on 11 carries, including touchdown runs of 13 and 30 yards.
Josh Yelvington returned an interception 28 yards for a fourth-quarter score for the Comets, who led 7-0 at halftime.
Jarrod Bellinger completed 9 of 11 passes for 41 yards and gained 24 yards on 11 carries for Watertown (1-3 overall, 0-2 league).
Carthage also captured a shutout victory over Watertown in last years game, 47-0.
SANDY CREEK 42, THOUSAND ISLANDS 7
Cameron Hall finished with 262 rushing yards on 16 carries, including three touchdowns, to help power the Comets to an interclass victory over the Vikings at Clayton.
Kyle Fayette scored three touchdowns while rushing five times for 105 yards for Sandy Creek (4-0). Hall scored on runs of 31, 30 and 48 yards, while Fayettes scoring came on runs of 20, 1 and 54 yards.
Jake Benedict finished with 15 tackles and two sacks, and Brett Wolfe added 10 tackles to help lead the Sandy Creek defense.
Brentyn Horton returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for the lone score for Thousand Islands (1-3).
SOUTH LEWIS 44, ORISKANY 42
Lucas Kelly and Naythan Cobb combined for 426 rushing yards and four touchdowns as the Falcons built a big lead then barely held off visiting Oriskany in a wild Class D Central game at Turin that saw 46 points scored in the fourth quarter.
Kelly rambled for 200 yards on 18 carries and scored on runs of 8, 50 and 31 yards for South Lewis (1-3, 1-2). Cobb ran for 226 yards on 28 attempts and had a 30-yard scoring run that proved to be the game-winner.
Justin Smith, Corey Marolf and Nick Kraeger also ran for touchdowns for South Lewis. Kraeger recorded five sacks and Jake Eisel four for the Falcons.
Oriskany (0-4) received three touchdown passes from Ethan Juarez, including two in the final quarter.
ONEIDA 48, south jefferson 7
The Indians scored the first 48 points, building a 22-0 halftime lead, to rout the host Spartans in a Class B East game at Adams.
Travis Moyer and Nate Carinci each scored two touchdowns for Oneida (4-0, 3-0).
Austin Robare caught a 36-yard scoring pass from Adam Hutchinson in the fourth quarter for South Jefferson (1-3, 1-2).
La SALLE INSTITUTE 40, INDIAN RIVER 7
The Class A Warriors suffered their first loss of the season, watching visiting Class AA La Salle Institute of Troy (3-1) score the first four touchdowns en route to a nonleague win at Philadelphia.
La Salle quarterback Will Williams tossed four scoring passes, including three to Dylan Thompson.
Connor Brown scored the only touchdown for Indian River (3-1) on a 35-yard second-quarter run. Denzel Barnes led the Warriors in rushing with 61 yards on 11 carries.