Play­off time for Marl­boro, Red Hook

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

The Sec­tion 9 foot­ball post­sea­son be­gins for Marl­boro and Red Hook Highs this week­end.

KINGSTON >> The Sec­tion 9 foot­ball post­sea­son be­gins for Marl­boro and Red Hook Highs this week­end as both play in Class B quar­ter­fi­nal games.

The quest for a sixth con­sec­u­tive B ti­tle starts for Marl­boro as it is home to Spack­enkill 7 p.m. Fri­day, while Red Hook heads to Lib­erty for a 1:30 p.m. Satur­day game. Spack­enkill at Marl­boro

Marl­boro righted it­self after the loss to New Paltz and beat High­land 59-3 in what amounted to the Billy Wil­liamson show. The ju­nior rushed for 239 yards and six touch­downs. The (5-2) Dukes rushed for 601 yards on the ground, in­clud­ing 121 from sopho­more Eric Borchert, 91 from John Perug­ino, 89 by Paul Evans and 81 from Sam Mon­gelli.

It’s a re­match of Marl­boro’s sea­son opener when it outscored Spack­enkill 19-0 in the sec­ond half to pull out a 4628 win. The Dukes ran for 405 yards in that game, which in­cluded 256 from Mon­gelli and three TDs by Wil­liamson.

Cam­ron Aba­los had a big night for the (5-2) Spar­tans in that game, throw­ing for 255 yards and three touch­downs. Spack­enkill lost for the first time since the opener last week as Lib­erty snapped its five-game win streak with a 34-21 win. Aba­los ran for one TD and passed for an­other against the In­di­ans.

To de­fend its ti­tle, the Dukes have to run a gaunt­let. If they get by Spack­enkill, they could face the two teams that have handed them losses this sea­son. The win­ner plays James I. O’Neill in the semi­fi­nals and could get New Paltz in the fi­nals. Red Hook at Lib­erty

The (4-3) Raiders, who missed a chance at a sec­tional berth on the last day of the 2015 sea­son, re­groups after a 60-22 loss to New Paltz. If it beats (61) Lib­erty, Red Hook would get an­other shot at the Huguenots in next week’s semis.

Red Hook has won once in the last four games and has strug­gled to get a con­sis­tent run­ning game go­ing against tougher de­fenses. The Raiders re­lied on the arm of Nick Morrissey against New Paltz. He threw for 225 yards and two touch­downs and ran for an­other score.

Lib­erty, led by Roy Penn-Cosentino (1,089 yards and 17 TDs rush­ing) bounced back from a loss to O’Neill two weeks ago to beat Spack­enkill 34-21.


Marl­boro’s Phillip Desantis

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