Camron Abalos ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 115 yards to lead the Spackenkill High School football team over host Rondout Valley, 30-6, on Saturday.
With the victory, the Spartans (4-1) clinched a playoff berth, continuing its turnaround from last year’s one-win campaign.
“It’s incredible,” coach Clinton DeSouza said. “We’ve been working toward this and hopefully we continue to get better.”
Dhyquem Lewinson ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns for Spackenkill, which managed this offensive output despite committing 12 penalties, DeSouza said. Joe Arcuri added three receptions for 51 yards, including a diving grab for 33 yards to convert a third-and-25 in the fourth quarter. Abalos cashed in on that drive with an 18-yard touchdown run that made it 30-6.
“We tried to do some cutesie stuff early on, but the weather made it difficult so we went back to the ground game,” DeSouza said. “Cam and Dhyquem took over. Most of Dhyquem’s yards came in the fourth quarter and it’s hard to stop that freight train.”
Arcuri made eight tackles, three for loss and defensive tackle Kyiev Bennermon had an interception on a tipped pass in the first quarter. Abalos had an interception in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
Spackenkill hosts Red Hook at 7 p.m. Friday.
“These guys’ confidence has continued to build,” DeSouza said. “The morale right now is really high and we’re looking to keep it going.”
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