With its offense clicking and its defense performing at a high level, the New Paltz High School football team is rolling.
On Saturday, the Huguenots kept it going, beating host Red Hook 60-22.
The victory earned New Paltz the Section 9 Class B Division I title, as well as a first round bye in the playoffs. The Huguenots have not lost since Sept. 24, against John S. Burke Catholic.
“We’re happy we won our division and we’ll see where the chips fall,” said Huguenots coach Tom Tegeler, whose team improved to 6-1. “(Class B) is a gauntlet to get through. I think it’s a great division with great teams and great coaches.”
Jimmy Verney was at the forefront of New Paltz’s offense, rushing for 170 yards and passing for 154 yards with three touchdowns.
The defense was just as strong.
Brian Kenney and Joey DiMarco each returned interceptions for touchdowns. Kenney and Christian Burda also recovered fumbles and brought them back for touchdowns.
“The defense is playing spectacular,” Tegeler added. “The offense is clicking. We’re playing all sides of the ball.”
Nick Morrissey completed 11 passes in 24 attempts for 225 passing yards and a touchdown for Red Hook. Nick Cahill and Matt Hosier each recorded touchdowns. Hunter Cole also had three receptions for 100 yards for the Raiders (4-3).
“New Paltz took over the game early,” Red Hook coach Bill Stutz said. “It was too little, too late in the second half.”
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