The Marlboro High School football team mounted a second-half comeback to storm ahead of host Franklin D. Roosevelt for a 20-13 non-league victory on Friday night.
Trailing at halftime, 13-6, the Iron Dukes scored on a 75-yard passing play from Ryan Cary to Marsalis Faircloth. The subsequent Nick Mongelli extra point tied the score.
Another deep pass in the fourth quarter, from Cary to Harry St. John, set up a go-ahead two-yard run by Faircloth.
“They’re a special (Class) B team,” said Franklin D. Roosevelt head coach Brian Bellino, whose team plays in Class A. “I’m happy with how we played defensively. The go-ahead touchdown that they scored was set up by a deep pass again. We have a lot of guys beat up in our secondary, and they found it.”
Ryan Greaven and Dustin Eyerman each had 10 tackles and a sack for Marlboro, while Clinton Howell had eight tackles and a sack.
Cary scored on a quarterback sneak in the first quarter to put Marlboro ahead 6-0, before Dan Pelkey tied the score on a two-yard run.
With 15 seconds left in the first half, Pelkey scored again, and this time Kyle Goodwin capitalized on his extra-point kick to give Roosevelt its seven-point halftime advantage.
The Iron Dukes improved to 7-0. Marlboro will visit Highland on Friday in a game that will determine the Section 9 Class B crown, if the Huskies can beat Spackenkill today.
Roosevelt will host Monticello on Friday with a chance to secure a Section 9 Class A playoff position. Bellino said the performance against Marlboro was important, given a rough loss to Goshen on Oct. 12.
” It was a game where we could have locked up a No. 3 spot in the playoffs and did nothing,” Bellino said. “Our playoffs basically start Friday against Monticello. … What else can we ask for? We have our destiny in our hands.”