New Paltz, Marl­boro duel for Class B ti­tle

Dukes seek to avenge reg­u­lar-sea­son loss to Hu­gies in Class B cham­pi­onship game

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

It’s Marl­boro vs. New Paltz. Round 2. And this is for all the mar­bles.

The five-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Dukes take on the Huguenots for the Sec­tion 9, Class B foot­ball cham­pi­onship at 7 p.m. Fri­day at Di­etz Sta­dium.

Ad­mis­sion for Fri­day’s game, along with Satur­day’s 7 p.m. Class AA ti­tle game be­tween New­burgh Free Academy and Mon­roe-Wood­bury at Di­etz, is $8 for adults and $5 for stu­dents. Gold Cards will be hon­ored, but not Sec­tion 9 Passes.

New Paltz is look­ing for its first ti­tle since de­feat­ing Marl­boro for the B crown in 2010. After that, the Dukes be­gan their cur­rent ti­tle reign.

The Hu­gies had not de­feated the Dukes since then un­til four weeks ago, when New Paltz dom­i­nated Marl­boro in a 34-7 tri­umph.

Mew Paltz won the bat­tle on the line in a phys­i­cal game. It had a 21-0 lead in the first 16 min­utes as Kenny Ver­ney scored on a 2-yard run, Jimmy Ver­ney cashed in a Duke fum­ble with a 10-yard TD and Ku­mar Singh raced 46 yards for an­other score.

Marl­boro was down 28-7 at half­time and tried to go to the air, but in­ter­cep­tions by Joe Di­Marco and Kenny Ver­ney kept it in check.

New Paltz coach Tom Tegeler knows full well (7-2) Marl­boro and coach Rich Ward will be ready for the se­cond time around.

“Coach Ward is not go­ing to

let us walk in there and do what we did be­fore, so it will be a dif­fer­ent team and, hope­fully, we’ll han­dle them,” Tegeler said. “I think we’re a good team, and I think it will be great game.”

Said Ward, “They are a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent. I think we’re def­i­nitely the un­der­dog. They took it to us last time.”

Ward praised Tegeler and his team. “They’re well­coached and have a very good pro­gram,” he said.

Marl­boro has a his­tory of cap­i­tal­iz­ing on mis­takes, and, even though it’s a team with 11 start­ing sopho­mores, noth­ing has changed.

“You al­ways have to play a clean game against Marl­boro,” Jimmy Ver­ney said. “They’re a great team. We’re go­ing to have to work on some stuff, get tougher and just be bet­ter all around.”

Added Ward, “In the play­offs, ev­ery­thing gets mag­ni­fied — penal­ties, turnovers, mis­takes.”

Both teams were in fine form in their semi­fi­nal wins as the de­fenses took charge.

James I. O’Neill scored 63 points against the Dukes dur­ing the reg­u­lar-sea­son meet­ing, but Marl­boro put the clamps on the Raiders for a 17-6 vic­tory on Satur­day.

The Dukes had taken a 14-0 lead in the first seven min­utes. Sam Mon­gelli’s 50-yard pass play to John Perug­ino set up Billy Wil­liamson’s 2-yard TD run.

Mon­gelli later sprinted 33 yards for the se­cond touch­down. Mon­gelli kicked a 27yard field goal in the fourth quar­ter.

Ti­quan Scott, who rushed for 380 yards and five TDs in that first meet­ing for O’Neill, was held in check.

“I think we have got­ten bet­ter,” said Ward about his de­fense in the post­sea­son.

New Paltz did much the same to Lib­erty and Roy Penn-Cosentino, hold­ing him to 63 yards and no touch­downs in its 35-13 win on Satur­day. He ran for 371 yards and six TDs the pre­vi­ous week against Red Hook. The Hu­gies held Lib­erty to one touch­down over the fi­nal 30 min­utes.

The (7-1) Hu­gies took con­trol in the fi­nal two min­utes of the first half. Jimmy Ver­ney re­cov­ered a fum­ble, then ran 95 yards for a touch­down on the next play. After the In­di­ans went three-and-out, Ver­ney found Chris­tian Burda on a 42-yard screen play for a TD as time ex­pired.

Ver­ney led New Paltz, rush­ing for 181 yards and three touch­downs and pass­ing for 109 yards and an­other score.

As al­ways, Ward re­minds his team to “en­joy the mo­ment” of play­ing for a sec­tional cham­pi­onship, but the task is still at hand: Play­ing your best, ex­e­cut­ing and win­ning the day.

“It’s about lay­ing it all out on the line and pro­tect­ing the ball,” he said. ”It’s play­ing 48 tough min­utes and thriv­ing and sur­viv­ing. You have to thrive over your op­po­nent and some­how sur­vive at the end.”

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Marl­boro’s John Perug­ino, in ac­tion against Red Hook ear­lier in the sea­son, had a key 50-yard pass re­cep­tion in the Dukes’ 17-6 win over James I. O’Neill in the Class B semi­fi­nals.

New Paltz’s quar­ter­back Jimmy Ver­ney skirts past Ron­d­out’s de­fen­sive line.

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