Brockport turned two of the shortest touchdown runs possible and four turnovers by Greece Arcadia on Saturday, into a 16-7 win and the first appearance in a Section V football final for the Blue Devils.
Brandon Lemere, a senior at Brockport, kicked a 29-yard field goal at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester with three minutes remaining to give the Blue Devils’ a nine-point lead in the Class A tournament semifinal.
The Brockport Blue Devils (8-1), No. 1 seed in the Class A tournament, plays the winner of Saturday’s semifinal between No. 2 Canandaigua (6-2) and No. 3 Greece Athena (6-2), in the final, 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 back at Sahlen’s Stadium.
Canandaigua’s last football championship came in 2007. Athena’s last title was in 1981. Arcadia has one Section V football championship, the 1988 Class AA title, the equivalent of today’s Class A.
The Brockport Blue Devils have reached a sectional semifinal round the last six seasons, including Saturday’s appearance against No. 4 Arcadia (6-3).
“We’re glad it’s us,” Brockport coach Scott Nugent said. “We’ve been here enough times, and finally got over the hump for the first time.”
Arcadia scored first, three plays after a 14-yard reception by Brandon Barnhart. Xavier McGee took a handoff to his right, stopped and flung a 31-yard pass to a double-covered Reggie Clark with 3:20 remaining in the first quarter.
Brockport had to beat the clock in the second quarter to even the score with 11 seconds left, a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Ashton Scott on 4th-and-goal.
The Blue Devils took the lead with 3:24 to play in the third quarter. Again, it had to happen on fourth down, as Brockport was at the Arcadia 1 after a timeout. Scott took the snap and ran with sophomore running back Cory Gross trailing to the quarterback’s left. When an Arcadia defender made the decision to go after the quarterback, Scott pitched the ball with his left hand to Gross, who carried into the end zone.