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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.

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