Star tailback Dhyquem Lewinson didn’t play for Spackenkill High School in Dover Plains Saturday because of a fractured collarbone, but his Spartans wanted to prove they are more than a one-player team.
Spackenkill dropped Dover 53-23. Quarterback Camron Abalos had 21 carries for 173 yards with three touchdown runs. Abalos was 5 for 7 for 89 passing yards with two touchdown passes to Kabongo Barry (30 yards) and Marlon Brooks (eight yards). Spackenkill improved to 2-1 and 1-0 in league play.
“I’m extremely proud of how they responded this well,” said Spackenkill coach Clinton DeSouza, who threw out his back on Tuesday, the same day the Spartans found out they would be without Lewinson for at least two games. “This is the team. We’re not one player. We’re not one coach. We’re a family unit and we responded like that.”
In place of Lewinson, Jared Milani had nine carries for 64 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Brandon Dailey had eight tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception return for a touchdown. DeSouza noted strong defensive play from Brooks, who covered Dover receiver Angus Edmundson, as well as Kyiev Bennermon and Anthony Rocco, who kept pressure on Dover’s quarterback position.
For Dover, Edmundson had seven tackles and an interception return for a touchdown. Colin Belinger had 10 tackles. Jaquon Futrell (seven rushes, 61 yards) had an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and also had a 15-yard touchdown.
“We kind of got worn down at the end of the game,” Dover coach Casey Lorenz said. “Spackenkill is a really talented team.”
Spackenkill visits Pine Plains at 7 p.m. Friday. Dover travels to Highland Falls to face James I. O’Neill at 7 p.m. Friday.
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