Marl­boro earns berth in Class B ti­tle game

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - Free­man staff

What a dif­fer­ence a re­match made for Marl­boro High.

Less than two months after al­low­ing 63 points in a 63-43 reg­u­lar-sea­son blowout loss to James I. O’Neill, the Dukes de­fense sti­fled the Raiders en route to a 17-6 vic­tory in Satur­day’s Sec­tion 9, Class B foot­ball semi­fi­nal at Di­etz Sta­dium.

Fourth-seeded Marl­boro (7-2) will go for its sixth straight sec­tional ti­tle Fri­day night at Di­etz when it faces No. 2 New Paltz in the fi­nal. The Huguenots ad­vanced to the ti­tle game with a 3513 semi­fi­nal vic­tory over fourth­seeded Lib­erty.

New Paltz de­feated the Dukes ear­lier this month, 34-7.

Marl­boro struck quickly against the top-seeded (6-2) Raiders, scor­ing twice in the first quar-

ter. A 50-yard pass from quar­ter­back Sam Mon­gelli to John Perug­ino set up a 2-yard scor­ing run from Billy Wil­liamson to give

Marl­boro a 7-0 lead with 7:55 re­main­ing.

A 33-yard run from Mon­gelli gave Marl­boro a 14-0 lead with 4:59 re­main­ing and the de­fense took over from there. Ahead 14-6, Mon­gelli put the game out of reach with 8:10 re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter

with a 27-yard field goal to round the scor­ing.

O’Neill play­maker Ti­quan Scott, who came into Satur­day’s game with 1,556 yards and 22 touch­downs, was held in check by the Marl­boro de­fense.

His 16-yard touch­down run with 2:25 re­main­ing

in the third quar­ter ac­counted for all of O’Neill’s scor­ing. In the Raiders’ win over Marl­boro on Sept. 9, Scott rushed for 380 yards and five scores.

Satur­day’s semi­fi­nal was also a re­match of last year’s ti­tle game in which Marl­boro earned a 41-21 vic­tory. Fi­nals Oct. 31 No. 1 Spack­enkill vs. No. 3 Rhinebeck, at Mid­dle­town, 4 p.m. —— Class C Semi­fi­nals Oct. 24 We­bu­tuck 1, Se­ward 0 Sul­li­van West 1, Mill­brook 0 Fi­nals Oct. 26 No. 1 Mill­brook, bye No. 2 Dover, bye No. 3 Rhinebeck, bye No. 5 Falls­burg at No. 4 Pine Plains, 6 p.m. Semi­fi­nals Nov. 4 Falls­burg-Pine Plains win­ner at Mill­brook, 6 p.m. Rhinebeck at Dover, 6 p.m. Fi­nals Nov. 6

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