Remember all those Arlington High School football teams the last several years that fell short of the postseason on a technicality or because of a mathemetics equation it would be impossible to solve even if you had an abacus or a protractor at your disposal?
Forget about that. Arlington is in the playoffs.
The 2014 edition of the Admirals locked up a No. 2 seed in the upcoming Section 1 Class AA playoffs with a 20-0 shutout of Fox Lane at Friday’s Senior Night game in Freedom Plains.
“We’re thrilled,” Arlington coach Dominick DeMatteo said. “The kids have basically done what they’ve needed to do since that opening-week loss to John Jay. They really have had tremendous focus and taken it game by game. They’ve done everything they’ve needed to do since that loss.”
Arlington’s victory was its sixth straight and improved the Admirals’s record to 6-1.
On Friday, Austin Greene had a pair of touchdown runs of 22 and 25 yards, in the second and third quarters, respectively. Quarterback Chris Cremin had a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter after Arlington recovered a Fox Lane fumble in the red zone
Marc Barbieri and Ryan DiNardo each had interceptions in the red zone in the second half.
Arlington doesn’t know its opponent for next Friday’s playoff game yet, but is happy to be going and happy to be hosting.
“I’m pleased we were able to finish the regular season strongly,” DeMatteo said. “Especially on Senior Night. It was a special night for our seniors and their parents.”
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