Dukes roll to third straight Class B title
Marlboro trailed Rondout 7-0 while trying to pick up its third consecutive Section 9, Class B title Saturday at Kingston’s Dietz Stadium.
But it didn’t take long for the Dukes to get rolling as Ryan Cary came back with 16-yard and 79-yard touchdown runs before the end of the first quarter as Marlboro routed the Ganders 41-7 to earn the three-peat.
“Once you’re down, that’s when you need to step up,” said Cary, the Dukes’ quarterback. “We just had to get the momentum back, and that’s what we did.”
Rondout went up 7-0 when Joe Hafner pulled down a 36-yard touchdown catch before Cary started moving the Dukes toward their three-peat. Marsallis Faircloth’s 39-yard catch set up Cary’s second-quarter 29-yard touchdown run as the Dukes led 21-7 at the half.
In the third quarter, Faircloth scored on two and four-yard touchdown runs before going into the end zone from five yards out in the fourth quarter to finish the rout. Faircloth finished the game with 113 yards on 22 carries
“This is great. This is where we want to be,” said Cary, who finished the game with 224 yards on 21 carries during the sectional title game. “It’s a goal of our’s It’s nice to have accomplished it.”
Cary, senior, has played has been a part of the three-peat during his entire varsity tenure with the Dukes. And his final sectional title is a fitting accomplishment for the team’s very effective quarterback and playmaker.
“To come out here and win, it’s awesome,” said Cary. “It’s a great feeling.”
The Dukes, the state’s second-ranked Class B team, improved to 10-0. They face 8-1 Pleasantville, the state’s ninth-ranked Class B team, in Mahopac Saturday in the state quarterfinals at noon.
By Bond Brungard