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Section 3 football: Indian River top-seeded in Class A

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The Section 3 football seeding meeting Sunday produced good news for three Frontier League teams, who earned home quarterfinal games, and not so good news for three other local teams, who must hit the road for tough games this weekend.

Indian River (6-1) is the top local seed, earning the top spot in Class A. The Class A National champions will be home against No. 8 Fulton (1-6) at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Indian River won a coin flip for the top seed with Class A American winner East Syracuse-Minoa (6-1).

Immaculate Heart Central (7-0), which claimed the Class C North crown with a come-from-behind, two-point win over General Brown last Friday, is seeded third in Class C. The Cavaliers earned a home game, albeit a tough one, against defending champion and No. 6 seed Skaneateles (5-2) at 7 p.m. Friday. The only losses for Skaneateles are to Class B unbeaten Homer and to Class C unbeaten Syracuse Institute of Technology.

Carthage is the only other local club to earn a home game in the quarterfinals. The Comets (6-1), whose only loss was to Indian River, entertain No. 7 and defending class champion Nottingham (2-5) at 7 p.m. Friday. Carthage beat the Bulldogs, 42-20, three weeks ago.

Great regular seasons, however, did not help either General Brown or Sandy Creek capture a home quarterfinal berth. Both 6-1, the Lions and Comets were seeded fifth in their respective classes.

General Brown plays at No. 4 Frankfort Schuyler (5-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in Class C. Because IHC is seeded third, General Brown had to be placed in the upper bracket because of sectional rules so the two local teams could not play until the finals. General Brown and Frankfort-Schuyler both finished with 5-1 division records, but F-S won a coin flip for the home game.

Sandy Creek, the defending Class D champion, travels to No. 4 West Canada Valley (5-2) for a 2 p.m. quarterfinal on Saturday. Like General Brown, Sandy Creek was seeded away from Class D Central champion Westmoreland, which is No. 2. The Comets and WCV both had 5-1 divisional marks, and WCV won a coin flip to determine the higher seed.

The one local team ecstatic to be hitting the road is Thousand Islands, which earned an unexpected Class C playoff berth by winning its last three games. The Vikings (4-3) must make a long trip to No. 2 Sherburne-Earlville (7-0) for a 7 p.m. Friday quarterfinal.

Class semifinals will be on Nov. 1-2 at neutral sites. Finals are slated for the Carrier Dome on Nov. 9-10.

Other top seeds are Fayetteville-Manlius in Class AA and Homer in Class B.

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