The Red Hook High School football team and visiting Rondout Valley traded scores in the fourth quarter, but the Ganders had the last word, beating the Raiders 34-27 Saturday.
Nick Morrissey had 136 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Teammate Tristan Schiafo had two touchdown rushes, one from eight yards out and another from 20 yards out. Nick Cahill returned an interception for a touchdown.
A.J. Coolbaugh made eight tackles, and Nick Michitsch made seven. Jimmy Mulvey added three interceptions.
“It’s heartbreaking to lose, obviously, a game that would have carried us into the playoffs,” Red Hook coach Bill Stutz said. “I give Rondout credit for being a good contender. They inched us out in the fourth quarter. Won the battle.”
Red Hook (2-5) faces Pine Plains/Rhinebeck Saturday.
Goshen 48, Spackenkill 7 — With the starters resting, Adam Loughran threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Dailey for the Spartans’ lone touchdown on the road.
“When we locked up a home playoff game, the staff decided it’s not worth it to get anyone hurt,” Spackenkill coach Clinton DeSouza said. “They hung tough, played against an A school. I give Adam credit, he’s the future of the program at the quarterback spot.”
Spackenkill (5-2) hosts Dover on Saturday.
James I. O’Neill 67, Dover 20 — Angus Edmundson had six receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown, though it came in a loss for host Dover. Ethan Lounsbury completed 9 of 14 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown.
“We’re a young team and we’ve struggled overall,” Dover coach Chris Lounsbury said. “We have enough talent that when we’ve executed well enough, we’ve been able to beat teams that have similar or less talent than us. But there have been times, like in this game, when we’ve been physically overwhelmed. We have to remember how this feels and let that be a motivator in the offseason. We have to do what it takes to get on the other side of that.”
The Dragons (2-5) secured a playoff berth, earning the No. 3 seed in Section 9 Class B. They will visit Spackenkill in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
“We’re a young team and we’ve struggled overall,” Lounsbury said, “but we’re glad to be in the playoffs and moving forward.”
Poughkeepsie 36, New Paltz 35 — Shaquez Nesbitt returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown with 28 seconds remaining to pull Poughkeepsie within a point, and Trevon Reid hit Jovan Atkinson on a fade route for the two-point conversion, lifting Poughkeepsie to victory.
“The kids wanted to go for it and I trust them,” Poughkeepsie coach Jerry North said of his decision to attempt a two-point conversion in lieu of the tying extra-point kick. “We had confidence in them to get it done.”
New Paltz had scored a touchdown to take a 35-28 lead with 56 seconds remaining.
But on the ensuing kickoff, Nesbitt received key blocks as he zig-zagged and cut across the field, slipping defenders en route to the end zone. Malik Lewis intercepted a pass on New Paltz’s final drive to end the game.
Nesbitt ran for 200 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground to lead the Pioneers (4-3). New Paltz fell to 2-5.
Poughkeepsie hosts Goshen at 6 p.m. Friday.
Marlboro 62, Highland 0 — Phil DeSantis ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns and completed 4 of 5 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown to lead Marlboro over Highland, 62-0, on Friday.
Tanner Hashberger ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns, and had two catches for 37 yards and a score for the Iron Dukes (7-0). Rino Tamburri rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown, and Sam Mongelli ran for 72 yards and a score.
“We’re getting off the ball faster, hitting our cuts better, playing cleaner and making adjustments quicker,” Marlboro coach Rich Ward said.
John Perugino had two interceptions and ran for a touchdown, Jonathan Sakadelis made 15 tackles and Frank Zebrowski had 14 tackles for Marlboro.
Marlboro, the four-time defending Section 9 Class B champions, will have the No. 1 seed entering the playoffs. The Iron Dukes will have a bye next week before facing an opponent to be determined on Oct. 31.
Minisink Valley 41, Franklin D. Roosevelt 6 — Nick DiCarlo ran for 118 yards and scored a 2-yard touchdown and Jake Niesen rushed for 101 yards in the loss for host Roosevelt on Friday.
“I thought all of our linebackers played pretty good,” Presidents coach Brian Bellino said. “We’re just young and we can’t (measure up) physically… we’re just getting beat up on the edge. They work hard though. We’ll be all right.”
John S. Burke 48, Pine Plains/Rhinebeck 0 — Pat Mitchell ran for 120 yards in the loss for host Pine Plains/Rhinebeck on Friday. With that performance, Mitchell cracked 1,000 yards rushing for the season.
“That’s the first time in a long time we’ve had over a 1,000-yard runner,” said Bombers coach Tom Povall, who also credited his offensive line. “That’s a great effort.”
The Bombers fell to 3-4 but Povall said, “They played their butts off. And as a coach, that’s all you can ask for.”