The Millbrook High School football team did what very few teams, if any, have ever done.
That is, the second-seeded Blazers upended No. 3 Chester for the second time this season, to earn a spot in the Section 9 Class C final.
Delvin Wood ran for 221 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a 50-yard touchdown as Millbrook edged the Hambletonians, 48-44, on Saturday at Faller Field in Middletown.
“Beating Chester twice in one season is like beating Marlboro, Newburgh or John Jay twice in a season,” Blazers coach Sean Keenan marveled. “I don’t know if anyone has ever done that to Chester.”
Millbrook faces top-seeded Liberty at 3 p.m. Saturday at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.
The Blazers racked up 527 yards of offense against Chester. Millbrook led 28-22 at halftime and surged in the second half, scoring on its opening drive and eventually pushing the lead to 48-22 before Chester rallied late.
“They played hard and came back,” Keenan said of Chester, “but we had a goal-line stand to win the game.”
Chris Ross made 12 tackles, and Tim Outwater and Christian Williams each had seven stops. Ethan Martel and Brendan Riebe Each had an interception for the Blazers (8-1).
“We couldn’t be prouder of the way our kids played throughout the whole game,” Keenan said. “Chris Ross played every single play – he had a great game, and that’s why he’s one of our senior captains. (Quarterback) Jacob Wright played well and Christian Williams had an unbelievable day, too.”
Liberty is ranked No. 7 in the state, according to Keenan, and the Blazers will begin watching film and preparing a game plan immediately.
“(Liberty) has been rolling it up on teams,” Keenan said. “They’re a senior-laden team that’s very physical, and we’ll have to play well to win.”
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