NEW PALTZ – Fitting that two heavyweight and undefeated football teams, Marlboro and New Paltz, would meet on Floyd Patterson field for the final game of the regular season. Both teams came in undefeated at 6-0, but only Marlboro left with its perfect record still intact thanks to a 21-7 win Friday night.
While the Iron Dukes couldn’t sustain an offensive drive against a very physical New Paltz defense, Marlboro was fortunate to hit a couple of home runs with a 60 yard TD from John Perugino and a 65 yarder from Phil DeSantis in the first half, leading to a 14-0 lead at halftime. New Paltz actually outdid Marlboro on third down conversions 11-to-3 in the first half, but penalties kept hampering the Huguenots’ drives.
“We knew it was going to be a physical game”, said Marlboro head coach Rich Ward. “We didn’t think it would be high scoring but we found a way to win.” Both teams were averaging well above 35 points per game, before this match up.
New Paltz finally got on the board when Jimmy Verney hit Axel Rodriquez at the 20; and Rodriquez turned and kicked it into high gear leaving the Marlboro defenders in the dust.
Marlboro came right back when Sam Mongelli hit Muhammed Banks in the end zone with just 1:32 left in the game.
“We worked hard since January”, said Phil DeSantis. “We’re hungry now for the Sections”.
The Sectional playoffs start this coming weekend but the Iron Dukes earned a bye.
“The week off will help us, because we have a few guys banged up right now”, said Mongelli.