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Section 3 football: Four area teams stay close to home

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Indian River, General Brown, Immaculate Heart Central and Thousand Islands will be playing close to home in their Section 3 football semifinal matchups after impressive victories in their respective classes.

Indian River (7-1), the top seed in Class A, returns to Watertown High School at 7 p.m. Friday for its semifinal against No. 4 Jamesville-DeWitt (6-2). The Warriors, who beat No. 8 Fulton 44-17 at WHS last Friday, defeated the Red Rams 23-6 at home this season.

Also in Class A, No. 3 Carthage (7-1) travels to Fulton at 7 p.m. Friday to take on No. 2 East Syracuse-Minoa (7-1) in the other semifinal. Carthage ousted No. 6 Nottingham 42-6 and ES-M topped No. 7 New Hartford 50-14.

Both Class C semifinals will be held at Carthage High School on Saturday. First at noon, No. 5 General Brown (7-1) meets No. 8 Utica Notre Dame (5-3). The Lions, who edged No. 4 Frankfort-Schuyler 14-12 in the quarterfinals, beat the Jugglers 33-30 in last season’s sectionals.

Following at 3 p.m. is the other Class C semifinal matching No. 3 IHC (8-0) against upstart Thousand Islands (5-3), the No. 7 seed. The Cavaliers pounded No. 6 Skaneateles 49-7, while the Vikings shocked No. 2 Sherburne-Earlville 23-12.

IHC blanked Thousand Islands 26-0 in the opening game of the season.

Sandy Creek, the defending Class D champion and seeded fifth, travels to Rome Free Academy at 7 p.m. Friday for its quarterfinal against No. 8 Dolgeville. The Comets rallied to beat No. 4 West Canada Valley 34-14 on Saturday, while the Blue Devils upset No. 1 Weedsport 27-20.

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