New Paltz ad­vances to Class B ti­tle game

Huguenots roll to 35-13 win over Lib­erty to reach Sec­tion 9 fi­nal against Marl­boro

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Stribl mstribl@free­manon­line.com @MStribl on Twit­ter

Call it a vari­a­tion on the two-minute of­fense.

New Paltz High’s foot­ball team scored twice in the fi­nal two min­utes of the first half Satur­day, snap­ping a 7-7 tie and pro­pel­ling it­self into the Sec­tion 9, Class B cham­pi­onship game with a 35-13 vic­tory over Lib­erty.

“We came out and set the tone. We played well on spe­cial teams, on of­fense and de­fense,” New Paltz coach Tom Tegeler said. “Th­ese kids are good and I be­lieve in them.”

The (7-1) Huguenots will play five-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Marl­boro, a team they beat dur­ing the sea­son, for the ti­tle 7 p.m. Fri­day at Di­etz Sta­dium.

Jimmy Ver­ney pow­ered the at­tack for New Paltz, rush­ing 20 times for 181 yards and three touch­downs and com­plet­ing 6-of-9 passes for 109 yards and one TD.

Lib­erty was driv­ing to break the tie with 2:08 left in the half, but Raliegh Ranne fum­bled on the 5 and Ver­ney re­cov­ered. On the next play, he swept right and raced 95 yards down the near side­line for a back­break­ing touch­down.

“I came around the edge, saw a wide open hole and just took it,” Ver­ney said.

Ku­mar Singh broke up a deep pass at­tempt by the In-

di­ans and they went three­and-out on their next pos­ses­sion. The Hu­gies got the ball back with 23 sec­onds left. Two plays later, Ver­ney got drilled in the chest by de­fen­sive end Brett Fiske, but he found Chris­tian Burda for a screen pass in the mid­dle. He emerged from a crowd and scram­bled 42 yards for a TD with no time left on the clock.

“I dropped back, saw the whole de­fen­sive line com­ing to­wards me and I saw Chris­tian open up,” he said. “I dumped it to him and he just took it up the side­line, made a great move at the end and got in.”

“I ran the swing play be­fore in a cou­ple of games,” Burda noted. “I re­al­ized that I ran that up the mid­dle, but I knew that the out­side would be open be­cause I saw it on film.”

“The de­fense was play­ing great. We knew if we were go­ing to win this game, we were go­ing to have to put some points up be­fore the half,” Ver­ney said. “It gave us a lot of mo­men­tum.”

New Paltz car­ried that mo­men­tum into the sec­ond half, march­ing 64 yards on 10 plays. Ver­ney ducked un­der a de­fender’s grasp and scored on a 5-yard run. His 2-point con­ver­sion pass to Brian Ken­ney made it 28-7.

The Huguenot de­fense held Roy Penn-Cosentino, who ran for 371 yards and six TDs in a quar­ter­fi­nal win over Red Hook, to 93 yards on 21 car­ries. New Paltz forced and re­cov­ered three first-half fum­bles. Hunter McVea’s in­ter­cep­tion at the end of the third quar­ter was cashed in on Burda’s 9-yard TD run in the fourth.

Strong safety Joey DiMarco, who had 11 tack­les, was named De­fen­sive Star of the Game. Guy Soumah had 10 tack­les. Ver­ney put New Paltz ahead on a 27yard TD run 3:22 into the game. Raliegh Ranne tied it on a 1-yard run mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter. The (7-2) In­di­ans didn’t score again un­til Carter Har­man’s 8-yard pass to Zacharias Fitz­patrick with 6:36 left to play. Lib­erty 0 7 0 6—13 New Paltz 7 13 8 7—35 First Quar­ter NP—J. Ver­ney 27 run (Soumah kick) Sec­ond Quar­ter L—Ranne 1 run (Olmo kick) NP—J. Ver­ney 95 run (Soumah kick) NP—Burda 42 pass from Ver­ney (kick blocked) Third Quar­ter NP—J. Ver­ney 5 run (Ken­ney pass from J. Ver­ney) Fourth Quar­ter NP—Burda 9 run (Soumah kick) L—Fitz­patrick 8 pass from Har­man (kick blocked) —— Rush­ing L—Penn-Cosentino 21-93, Ranne 10-45, Krebs 1-3, Fitz­patrick 1-(-)4; NP—J. Ver­ney 20-181, K. Ver­ney 5-60, Burda 7-34, Nit­tolo 2-11, McVea 2-10, DiMarco 6-1. Pass­ing L—Krebs 3-4-1, 33 yards, Har­man 2-2-0, 28 yards, Penn-Cosentino 0-1-0; NP—J. Ver­ney 6-9-0, 109 yards. Re­ceiv­ing L—Fitz­patrick 2-25, Mi­randa 1-20, Wil­son 1-16; NP—Burda 2-59, Ken­ney 3-48, Singh 1-2. Team records: Lib­erty 7-2; New Paltz 7-1. No. 1 Corn­wall vs. No. 3 Goshen at Mid­dle­town, 7 p.m. —— CLASS B Quar­ter­fi­nals Oct. 21 Marl­boro 28, Spack­enkill 13 Oct. 22 Lib­erty 63, Red Hook 12 Semi­fi­nals Oct. 29 Marl­boro 17, O’Neill 6 New Paltz 35, Lib­erty 13 Cham­pi­onship Nov. 4 Class C Semi­fi­nals Oct. 24 No. 1 S.S. Se­ward, bye Mill­brook 4, Pine Plains 1 Fi­nals Oct. 26 S.S. Se­ward 3, Mill­brook 2 —— Class D Fi­nals Oct. 25 Mount Academy 1, Cole­man Catholic 0 ——

PHO­TOS BY TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Jimmy Ver­ney breaks free from Lib­erty de­fense dur­ing New Paltz’s vic­tory in Sec­tion 9, Class B semi­fi­nal.

On­line: Ad­di­tional pho­tos from this game can be viewed at ME­DIA.DAILYFREEMAN.COM

Joseph DiMarco looks to es­cape Lib­erty de­fender dur­ing New Paltz win at Di­etz Sta­dium.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Lib­erty’s Zacharias Fitz­patrick is taken down by New Paltz’s Joseph DiMarco.

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