Hudson Valley Sports Report


Soccer Standout Ryan Manna Wins It For Football Team


GOSHEN – “Coach,” Ryan Manna said to John S. Burke Catholic High School football coach Aaron Hasbrouck. “I can make this.”

And with those four words, Manna, the boys soccer star for the Eagles turned part-time placekicker for the football team, booted his team to victory.

Manna’s 50-yard field goal with 50 seconds left was the deciding factor as Burke beat Chester on Saturday afternoon, 23-20, in a non-league game.

The two old rivals from Section 9, Class C played a terrific game. Burke, now in Class B, is 5-1 overall. The Hambletonians, the only team left in Class C in Section 9, is 4-2.

“It was another awesome game with them,” Hasbrouck said. “We’ve developed a pretty nice rivalry over the years.”

This one was back and forth. Chester led 6-0 early and Burke answered in the second quarter when quarterback Jackson Hoovler scored on a sneak to make it 7-6. But on the ensuing kickoff, the Hambos returned it for a touchdown and it was 14-7 at the half.

“Demoralizing,” Hasbrouck said. “We thought we’d be going into halftime with the lead and they took the momentum right back. We had to regroup a bit.”

The Eagles answered twice. Brendan Tierney’s 27-yard run tied the game at 14-14, and Chris Leahy’s five-yard run gave Burke the lead at 20-14.

The Eagles missed the extra point, and when Chester scored again to tie the game at 20-20, the Hambos went for two and missed.

That set up Manna’s heroics.

“We had a decision to make,” Hasbrouck said, “and he came in said he could make it, and I said ‘OK Ryan, I believe you.’”



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