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The Pawling Tiger’s Varsity Football team upset Albertus Magnus High School 30-28 in an exciting overtime win Saturday, September 29 at Pawling Elementary School.
An undefeated Albertus Magnus entered the game with no touchdowns scored on their defense all season. Pawling had yet to record a win. Needless to say, Albertus Magnus was considered the heavy favorite.
Pawling jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter when Senior Captain Cameron Thomas scored both the touchdown and the extra point. Albertus Magnus matched the touchdown, but failed at their extra point attempt ending the first quarter with Pawling leading 8-6. Thomas scored again in the second quarter and again in the fourth quarter. Matt Bellucci followed with the 2 point conversion to give Pawling the lead 22-6. However, Magnus showed their mettle by coming back in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdowns to even the score at 22 apiece.
Regulation time ended with the teams in a 22-22 deadlock. In overtime, Magnus scored first but a terrific play by Justin Mayette stopped their attempt at a two point conversion. Pawling’s offense took the field. Running back Thomas came through on the strength of the offensive line and scored his fourth touchdown of the day. With the score tied 28-28, Pawling had just one play to convert the extra point. Thomas collided with multiple Magnus defenders but was not to be denied. He finished a career day with an extra effort push across the goal line to win the game The Pawling fans burst into a victorious frenzy.
What made this victory especially satisfying was that this was Pawling’s homecoming game. However, because of inclement weather the traditional parade had to be postponed two weeks. Pawling has rescheduled its homecoming weekend to Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 with the hopes that better weather will allow for the highly anticipated Friday Night Parade on Main Street beginning at 6 p.m. and followed by the last scheduled home game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Palisades Prep School of Yonkers.
The 2012 Pawling Varsity Football team has arguably the most difficult schedule in New York State this year and had already faced three undefeated teams, two of them (Tuckahoe and Dobbs Ferry) each the past year’s New York State Champions. Pawling has also faced local rival Dover High School, which is off to both a 5-0 start and their best season in nearly two decades. Albertus Magnus was the fourth consecutive undefeated opponent the Tigers faced, and the upset win has earned them a NYS ranking of 35 of the 96 class C football programs.
Get to know your Pawling Tigers with these notable statistics!
Senior Captain Cameron Thomas leads the team in scoring with 5 touchdowns, 6 extra (2) point conversions, and a total of 38 points in 4 games. Thomas also has 263 all-purpose yards on offense and 27 tackles.
Senior Captain Justin Mayette leads the team in pass receiving with 200 yards on five catches as well as all-purpose yards with 309 (passing, rushing, receiving). Mayette also has 15 solo tackles on defense.
Senior Captain Robert Marino has lead a strong offensive and defensive line unit with great blocking and strength against the best opponents in NYS. As an interior lineman, Marino owns seven solo tackles.
Senior Defensive End John Able has 15 solo tackles and is tied for the team lead with two quarterback sacks.
Senior Keith Bartels has five solo tackles and is tied for the team lead with two quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery.
Junior Captain Matthew Acevedo leads the team with a 7.5 yard per carry average and has 17 solo tackles, two sacks and a blocked field goal attempt. In his first ever game carrying the ball, Matt gained 105 yards from the fullback position.
Junior Captain Matthew Bellucci leads the team with 31 solo tackles and a fumble recovery, and also rushing for 67 yards per game with a total of 283 all-purpose yards.
Junior Aaron Thomas leads the team in passing with 210 yards with seven completions in only 12 attempts. He also has 13 solo tackles on defense.
Running backs Junior R.J. Ferriner, Junior Mergim Demaku, and Sophomore Aiden King have combined for nearly 100 all-purpose yards.
Highlights on defense include Mergim Demaku with 18 solo tackles; Juniors Eddie Foster and Dylan Chiachia each with 12 tackles; Junior Matthew Polletta with an interception, fumble recovery, and nine solo tackles; Junior R.J. Ferriner with five solo tackles; Junior Jude Costigan with four solo tackles; and Sophomore Aiden King with seven solo tackles.
Special teams Junior Mike Fraad has made some huge game changing hits, while Junior Kevin Reynolds has anchored the strong offensive line from the center position.
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