The greatest season in Marlboro High School football history ended one game short of a chance at a state title in Syracuse as the Iron Dukes lost, 28-17, to Glens Falls in a Class B state semifinal on Saturday at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.
Glens Falls (11-1) scored two quick TDs early in the first quarter and held off an Iron Dukes run in the second half to clinch a spot in the state title game at the Carrier Dome Saturday.
The loss was the first for Marlboro in a season that featured the school’s first state playoff win.
“The team took the program to a level they’d never been before,” Marlboro coach Rich Ward said. “They’re two-time Section 9 champions, regional champions and my hat’s off to them. They’ve done a great job, worked hard. They’ve competed and tonight just wasn’t our night.”
The Indians caught Marlboro off guard with their first play from scrimmage, a 64-yard pass off a flea flicker from senior quarterback Cam Girard to Jake Dailey down to the 1-yard line. Joe McMahon ran it in to put Glens Falls up 7-0 with 9:14 left in the first quarter.
Minutes later, Girard connected with Mike Lanoir on an 80-yard bomb to make it 14-0 at the 6:29 mark.
Adam Laubach kicked three field goals, including a 50-yarder, to cut Marlboro’s deficit to 20-9 at the half. Marlboro senior running back Austin Beck scored on a 1-yard run and ran for the two-point conversion to make it 20-17 with 4:08 to go in the third.
But Lanoir threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to McMahon to give Glens Falls some breathing room.
“It’s kind of bittersweet right now,” Ward said. “These kids have really competed. They dedicated themselves and made a great run. We just came up a little short. In a few days we’ll go back and look at it and see where we have to go from here. I’m pretty proud of our accomplishments right now.”