Poughkeepsie High School’s football team lost its second straight game to start the season, a 42-30 setback to host Sleepy Hollow, as the teams completed Thursday’s suspended game on Monday.
Poughkeepsie quarterback Markel Green found Jovan Atkinson for a 20-yard touchdown pass and a 51-yard touchdown pass, but the Horsemen had a safety and a touchdown in the fourth quarter to pull off the win.
“I thought we played very well,” Poughkeepsie coach John Castellano said. “Our problem is that we just can’t get off the field on third down. On defense, we’re on the field too long.”
Castellano scrambled to leave San Diego at 4 a.m. where he attended his son’s wedding this past weekend. Castellano said he arrived to Sleepy Hollow at about 4:40 p.m.
“Half the weekend, I was trying to find a flight back because I wanted to be there for the kids,” Castellano said. “I’ve never been away from the team that long.”
The teams played a first half on Thursday with Sleepy Hollow leading 27-18. The game was halted due to a thunderstorm. On Thursday, Green hooked up with Cary Nicholson for a 35-yard touchdown pass and scored on his own 91-yard-run. Poughkeepsie’s Zahjean Hutchinson scored on a 10-yard run Thursday.
Poughkeepsie was 0 for 5 on two-point conversions over both days, something Castellano said can be a byproduct of his short time thus far with the Pioneers.
“I think, for the amount of time we’ve been together that slowly, we’ve started to get a better understanding of what we’re trying to do,” Castellano said.
Up next for Poughkeepsie is a game at 5 p.m. on Saturday against Ossining.