What started out as a pun emanating from the public-address system at Dover High School became a well-known statement by the end of Saturday.
“Ryan Cary with the carry.”
Cary had many carries for the Marlboro High School football team, which defeated Dover 61-14 on a breezy day in the Harlem Valley. Cary, who switches between quarterback and running back, had a career-high 301 yards on 15 rushes with four touchdowns. The Iron Dukes, who won their second straight game, rushed for 596 yards as a team.
“I love seeing the open field after seeing great blocking on the edge from the wide receivers and the line,” said Cary, whose 57-yard run opened the scoring for Marlboro 4:56 into the game.
With the Iron Dukes holding a 27-14 halftime lead, Cary had a 41-yard run into the end zone on the first play after halftime. Cary scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter — on 56- and 55-yard runs — to put the game out of reach. Cary also had 62 yards passing.
Marsallis Faircloth, who transferred back to Marlboro from Xavier in New York City for his senior year, had the rest of Marlboro’s scoring. He rushed for 262 yards on 20 carries with five touchdowns. Faircloth’s 1-yard run with 51 seconds left in the first half put Marlboro up 27-8.
“Rejoining the team has been a great experience so far,” said Faircloth, whose longest touchdown was an 18-yard run in the first quarter. “I like everybody. We’re all a family. We’re all on the same page. We want to work hard to win.”
Dover’s Tye Mill threw a pair of touchdown passes. His 8-yard strike to Angus Edmundson with 7:40 left in the first half brought the Dragons to within 13 points. Mill’s 50-yard pass to Dustin Bowen with 35 seconds left in the first half kept Dover within striking distance at 27-14.
One challenge Dover faced, though, was turnovers. The Dragons fumbled the ball four times and threw two interceptions (picked by Ryan Greaven and Alain Dumas).
“We’re not making any excuses for how we played,” said Dover coach Chris Lounsbury, whose Dragons fell to 0-2. “The first two games of the year, we’ve turned the ball over like 12 times. I’m proud of the guys, but we’ve got to overcome the mistakes and we’ve got to become mentally tougher. When we start to do that, good things will happen.”
Marlboro coach Rich Ward said that while skill players like Cary and Faircloth might grab headlines and have gaudy statistics, his offensive line did a great job. Ward specifically mentioned linemen Clinton Howell, Jake Marro, Rob Papuli, Kody Sargent, Mike Panio, Josh Jennison, Marcus Williams and Sean Burley.
“We talk to our kids that it’s probably the most unselfish act in all of sports to play that position,” Ward said. “I thought our line played great today. My hat’s off to all those kids on the line who played hard today.”
Marlboro’s defense was led by Greaven (eight tackles) and Sam Galage (10 tackles, fumble recovery). Rino Tamburri and Dustin Eyerman also had fumble recoveries.
Next for Marlboro is a home game Friday at 7 p.m. against fellow unbeaten New Paltz (2-0). Dover hosts Rondout Valley on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Ganders (0-1) play Onteora today.