WICCOPEE – Arlington versus John Jay has produced several classic games, but Friday night offered a classic moment — a sequence, really. The kind that Ryan Schumacher and Travis Contreras may one day regale their grandkids with.
Schumacher ran for three touchdowns and connected with Contreras for a jaw-dropping touchdown, helping the second-seeded Patriots past No. 7 Arlington High School, 28-14, in a Section 1 Class AA football quarterfinal.
John Jay (7-1), the defending champion, faces the winner of Friday’s Clarkstown North-Clarkstown South game in a semifinal next week.
The soundtrack of rival fans roaring during a rematch of last year’s final had already set the ambiance. Then came this…
As time ran down in the second, Schumacher heaved a deep ball toward the end zone. Contreras made a spectacular leaping catch, securing the ball against his shoulder. That set the Patriots up at the 1, and Schumacher plunged in on a sneak. But, it was called back on a penalty, pushing John Jay back to the 11. That’ll be the footnote when this story is retold.
Because… Schumacher then rolled right and was pressured. A defender grabbed his leg and began twisting him down for a sack. As the quarterback was spun down, he flipped the ball toward the right sideline, seemingly headed out of bounds. But Contreras lunged and snagged it at the pylon with five seconds left.
That score, and the subsequent two-point conversion, put the Patriots up 21-7. Danny Diedrich’s fumble recovery at the 27 preceded the drive. Contreras had an interception in the third.
John Jay led 13-0 in the second after two short Schumacher touchdown runs. Rob Tannenbaum’s 4-yard score put Arlington (4-4) on the board with 3:42 left in the first half, and his 3-yard run got them within 21-14 with 4:00 left in the third. But Schumacher answered with a 3-yard touchdown three minutes later.
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