The Spackenkill High School football team, admittedly, didn’t deliver its best performance on Saturday. There were turnovers and a cluster of penalties, and the damp conditions and the lightning delay didn’t help matters much.
But one of the marks of a good team is its ability to respond and overcome. The Spartans did that, beating Monticello, 26-6, at home.
“Monticello is no slouch and we handled adversity today,” Spackenkill coach Clinton DeSouza said. “We made mistakes and turned the ball over, but were able to respond to that, which is important.”
As important is that the Spartans, coming off a one-win season, improved to 2-0.
Cam Abalos completed 7 of 10 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. Marlon Brooks had two interceptions and also caught two passes for 57 yards and a score.
“It’s on to the next one for us,” DeSouza said. “I told them after the game that winning needs to be an expectation, not a surprise.”
The Spartans totaled 150 yards on the ground. Andres Blanco (55 yards) and Dhyquem Lewinson each scored a touchdown. Blanco, at linebacker, returned an interception 87 yards for a score to give Spackenkill a 20-0 lead in the second quarter. Kyiev Bennermon had six tackles and a sack.
Spackenkill now faces perhaps its greatest test, hosting four-time defending Section 9 Class B champion Marlboro at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game for us,” DeSouza said, “but we’re going to prepare and look for a good game.”