ther Westlake or Pleasantville of Section 1 in a regional semifinal.
The (8-1) Huguenots ended Marlboro’s reign with big plays. Jimmy Verney was involved in much of that, throwing for 237 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 129 yards and one score. He tossed TD passes to Kumar Singh, Joey DiMarco and Christian Burda. DiMarco’s 13-yard TD run with 2:41 left sealed the win.
New Paltz set an immediate tone, holding the Dukes to minus 3 yards on their first six plays. Burda capped that sequence with a sack of quarterback Sam Mongelli.
That allowed the Hugies to start their first possession at midfield and Verney hit Singh for a 46-yard TD pass on the second play.
New Paltz kept the pressure on, forcing an interception and a fumble on Marlboro’s next two series. The Hugies failed to capitalize and the Dukes scored on Mongelli’s 21-yard field goal to make it a 6-3 game early in the second quarter.
Kenny Verney recovered a fumble and New Paltz cashed in on that two plays later as DiMarco shed a defender and turned a 5-yard catch into a 65-yard TD sprint.
“Our coaches gave us the best game plan and we executed it all night,” Kenny Verney said.
“He had a hurt ankle, but there’s no way he’s staying out of this championship game,” said Jimmy about his cousin. “I think he played amazing. He leads this team as a sophomore and I love it.”
Late in the half, Burda stripped the ball from Mongelli and DiMarco recovered. And, two plays later, Verney dumped a short screen pass to Burda, who swept left for a 70-yard TD and a 20-3 lead.
“We came out here more hyped than any other game,” Jimmy Verney said. “We knew that we couldn’t come out here slow like we did against Liberty, because a great program like Marlboro will take advantage of that. They will take the lead and keep the lead.
“We had to get the lead quick and we had to keep adding on to it. Our defense stepped up big.”
“They have a quiet confidence about them,” Tegeler remarked. “Before the game, in the coaches meeting, we were like, ‘Are they ready? They’re really quiet. Are they nervous?’ And they’re not nervous. They’re not afraid of anything. Joey DiMarco kind of brings that across. He’s not afraid of anything and he sets the tone for us.”
Mongelli (9-of-14 passes for 116 yards, two TDs) and Phil DeSantis (107 yards rushing, three catches for 61) rallied the Dukes in the second half. DeSantis made a one-handed grab on a 15yard TD catch that pulled the Dukes within 20-9 four minutes into the second half.
Verney, however, weaved his way through traffic for an answering 78-yard TD run just 28 seconds later.
Mongelli’s 14-yard TD pass to John Perugino and DeSantis’ two-point conversion run closed the gap to 27-17 with 7:18 left. The Dukes decided it was too early for an onside kick and have the defense make a stop.
Instead, New Paltz took 4:37 off the clock and marched 65 yards on 10 plays to seal the win. Verney hit DiMarco with a 26-yard pass on thirdand-20 and later raced 21 yards on third-and-7 and 14 more yards for another first down.
After DiMarco scored, Brian Kenney got a sack, the defense swarmed to hold a Duke pass for negative yards and lineback Mike Pisciotta tackled Perugino for no gain to end the game and start New Paltz’s celebration.
The Dietz grandstand was filled with Huguenot fans and former players.
“There were some guys from 2002, 2007 and 2010. Probably about 40 people contacted us,” said Tegeler, who also heard from former Huguenot great Charles Davis, now a CBS analyst. “It’s a big, big, big event for New Paltz. The community has rallied around us and you saw how those people were tonight. It was intense.”
“It was great tonight,” Jimmy Verney said. “We’re going to try to bring it again next week.” Marlboro 0 3 6 8—17 New Paltz 6 14 7 6—33 First Quarter NP—Singh 46 pass from J. Verney (kick failed) Second Quarter M—FG Mongelli 21 NP—DiMarco 65 pass from J. Verney (Soumah kick) NP—Burda 70 pass from J. Verney (Soumah kick) Third Quarter M—DeSantis 15 pass from Mongelli (kick failed) NP—J. Verney 78 run (Soumah kick) Fourth Quarter M—Perugino 14 pass from Mongelli (DeSantis run) NP—DiMarco 13 run (kick failed) ——
Rushing M—DeSantis 9-107, Mongelli 15-57, Williamson 9-22, Perugino 6-3; NP—J. Verney 15-129, DiMarco 4-27, Nittolo 4-17, Burda 7-16, McVea 1-3. Passing M—DeSantis 9-14-1, 116 yards; NP—J. Verney 7-12-0, 237 yards. Receiving M—DeSantis 3-61, Perugino 3-31, Mianti 2-13, Williamson 1-11; NP—DiMarco 3-94, Burda 1-70, Singh 2-64, Kenney 1-9. Team records: Marlboro 7-3; New Paltz 8-1.
Marlboro’s Samuel Mongelli is taken down by New Paltz’s Joseph DiMarco.
New Paltz’s running back Christian Burda.