Pawling High School’s football team might have been a little rusty Saturday, but the Tigers came away with a home victory.
Pawling topped visiting Pine Plains 27-14 on Saturday. Pawling, which plays an independent schedule of non-league games, had no scrimmages before its season opener and has no scheduled games for the next two weeks.
The team, Pawling coach Jason Kuhlmann said, had a bye week scheduled next week and Palisade Prep dropped its game with Pawling a week later.
“At some points, we definitely were penalized too much,” Kuhlmann said. “We have a lot to improve upon, but I’m optimistic about the remainder of the season.
For Pawling, Matt Kuhlmann (Jason’s son) had two rushing touchdowns. Dave Bellucci had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Brian Hernandez had a rushing touchdown. Sean Dazy was 3 for 4 on extra points. Coach Kuhlmann said Terence Costigan played strong defense and Bill Pizzolongo had success rushing on the interior.
Pine Plains got a 70-yard touchdown run from quarterback Dylan Lawless (five carries, 84 yards) and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Calab McCaul. Hunter Parks had 20 tackles.
“We’re a young team and it showed,” Pine Plains first-year coach Rob Scott said. “The more these guys play, the better off they will be.”
Pine Plains faces Liberty at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 10
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