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Troy goes for back-to-back football titles

Troy goes for back-to-back football titles

Team would join Cambridge as only Section II schools with consecutive state crowns
Troy goes for back-to-back football titles
Dev Holmes and Troy are going for consecutive state titles.
Photographer: KELLY MARSH/For the Times Herald-Record

SYRACUSE — Troy will be looking to join Cambridge as a repeat state football champion when the Flying Horses take on Lancaster Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Class AA final at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

No Section II team had ever won two consecutive New York State Public High School Athletic Association titles until Friday, when Cambridge defeated Maple Grove 26-14 for Class D honors.

Cambridge also beat Maple Grove in the 2016 small-school final in double overtime 22-21.

Troy has a chance to not only join the Indians in that exclusive club, but also extend its Section II record for state championships to four. Exactly a year ago Sunday, Troy edged Victor 21-20 for the state Class AA flag. Troy won its other state crowns in 1998 (AA) and 1996 (A).

Troy (12-0) defeated Newburgh Free Academy in last week’s state semifinals 20-13 when receiver Dev Holmes scored on a reverse handoff from 11 yards away with just over two minutes left. That was Troy’s fourth straight state tourney game decided by seven points or less.

Lancaster (Section VI, 12-0) defeated Cicero-North Syracuse in its semifinal game 35-21 when Wildcat-formation quarterback Joe Andreessen ran for two touchdowns and passed for another.

Holy Trinity made its first state title-game appearance Friday and lost to Skaneateles in the Class C final 28-25. Nacier Hundley caught two of Joe Tortello’s four touchdown passes and also had two interceptions for the Pride, and Jake Cross was in on 14 tackles.

Tortello’s other touchdown passes went to Jordan Mettler and Noah Foster in a fourth-quarter comeback bid after Holy Trinity fell behind 28-12.

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