FREEDOM PLAINS — The Arlington High School football team scored midway through the final quarter on Friday night.
But by then, the damage had been done.
Jumping out to a big lead by halftime, New Rochelle beat host Arlington 33-6 on Friday.
“New Rochelle completely outplayed us tonight. I think they outcoached us, they outplayed us from start to finish,” Arlington coach Dominick DeMatteo said. “We’re just doing something wrong. We’re doing something really wrong, so we all have to look in the mirror as coaches, as players, and figure out what that is and get that fixed.”
Trailing 31-0 with 7:47 to play, Admirals quarterback Justin Leigh found Andrew Buckhout open. Buckhout reeled it in and produced the Admirals only touchdown.
Arlington attempted a two-point conversion, but the Huguenots denied it.
The Admirals (2-2) will visit Mahopac at 7 p.m. Friday, in what DeMatteo feels is an important game.
“We’re in must-win mode. We have to win against Mahopac and White Plains (at home on Oct. 9) to get the highest (playoff) seed possible,” DeMatteo said. “At that point, we have to let the chips fall where they may.”
Most of New Rochelle’s scoring came over the first 24 minutes.
Up 7-0 with 7:17 to play in the half, New Rochelle running back Jared Baron took a handoff on Arlington’s goal line. The Admirals defense swarmed him, but the Huguenot offensive line pushed the pile into the end zone for a touchdown.
Omar Pulido kicked a field goal for New Rochelle from 20 yards out with 39 seconds until the intermission. The three points gave the Huguenots a 17-0 lead at halftime.
New Rochelle carried the momentum into the second half, starting a drive on its own 45-yard line. Quarterback Greg Powell connected with wide receiver Rashon McNeil. The score gave New Rochelle a 24-0 lead with 4:07 to go in the third.
Powell found McNeil again to start the fourth quarter, connecting for a 79-yard touchdown. That score gave the Huguenots a 31-0 lead.
With 3:38 to play, the Huguenots punted, pinning Arlington on its own 1-yard line. They were able to force a safety for two points.
The Huguenots scored first in the first quarter when Powell found receiver Keelan Thomas in the end zone for a touchdown.
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