Hudson Valley Sports Report

DESOCIO, KEY INTERCEPTIONS CARRY OLL TO CLUTCH WIN

Keenan Picks Up First Victory As Warriors Coach

POUGHKEEPSIE – In his first season as the head football coach at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, where he graduated from in 1982, Sean Keenan has a pragmatic attitude.

He believes he has a strong core of talented players on the roster.

But he also knows the reality of Section 1, Class A, League North this season is this: the Warriors are in a group that includes Somers, John Jay-Cross River, Yorktown and Mahopac – the numbers 2, 3, 5 and 6-rated teams in Class A.

The Warriors just proved they belong in that elite group on Friday night.

Validating his commitment to the double-wing running game, Keenan watched as OLL outlasted Cross River, 52-44 in overtime, in a wild league contest.

The Warriors, now 1-1 overall, ran 61 offensive plays – and not one of them a pass play.

Not one.

“It’s gigantic. It proved to people that our system can work and there should be no more doubters about that,” Keenan said. “We’re going to build on it. For the kids to rally in the overtime, it’s going to help our program immensely.”

Keenan ran the same style when he coached Millbrook for 11 years, but Millbrook was a small school competing in Class C. There was some question whether a heavy rushing game would hold up in Section 1, Class A, but at least on this night the Indians couldn’t stop it.

James DeSocio rushed 22 times for 228 yards and two touchdowns to lead OLL. Angelo Salotto ran 24 times for 137 nd two scores, John Matthew carried it seven times for 72 yards and two touchdowns, and Matt Krauza added a rushing score.

But the Warriors needed two big defensive plays to seal it.
John Maucieri had an interception in the end zone to stop a Cross River drive and send the game into overtime.

Then, after OLL scored first in OT, Hall Schofield had an interception on Cross River’s first possession to end the game.

“Just a shootout. Neither team could contain the other,” Keenan said. “Cross River is a great team and they answered every time. We got fortunate in overtime.”

Krauza had 12 tackles on defense for Lourdes.

“He’s a warrior, the heart and soul of our team,” Keenan said.

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