Had this game turned out differently, the New Paltz football team would probably have started doing the math immediately. A playoff berth was up for grabs so all the permutations were known and, because of a point-differential tiebreaker, the Huguenots couldn’t afford to lose by more than four points.
They can toss that scrap paper.
Brian Kenney ran for 142 yards and a touchdown as New Paltz topped Monticello High School, 30-6, on Saturday to secure a spot in the Section 9 Class A playoffs.
“We had lost the last two games by a point,” Huguenots coach Tom Tegeler said. “We’re a young team and we’d been demoralized by some tough losses. So it was really important to not only get in the playoffs, but to go in on a high note.”
New Paltz (3-5) faces Cornwall in the first round at 7 p.m. Friday at Dietz Stadium.
Kenny Verney ran for 70 yards and a touchdown, and had 12 tackles, an interception and a sack for a safety in the third quarter. Linebacker Antonio Fazio had seven tackles and a sack.
Anthony Nittolo rushed for 95 yards and his 16-yard touchdown, a sweep right, put New Paltz on the board in the first quarter. Jimmy Verney also ran for a touchdown and the Huguenots raced to a 21-0 lead.
“We lost to Cornwall in the playoffs last year,” Tegeler said. “They’re one of the best teams in our area, but we’re gonna give it all we have.”
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