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Blue Devils Win 8-Man Championship Over Tri-Valley

KINGSTON – It wasn’t just a championship.

Oh no, it was much more than that for Ellenville High School football.

Behind a virtuoso performance by Sean Pettway, the Blue Devils won the Section 9, 8-Man title on Saturday afternoon at Dietz Stadium, beating defending champ Tri-Valley 46-36.

It was Ellenville’s first football crown since winning the Section 9, Class C title in 2009.

“This means a lot to the program,” Blue Devils coach Dan Cavanagh said. “We have been struggling with numbers the past five, six years and we knew 8-Man would be the best thing for this year, and the safest. We are excited that in our first year we were fortunate to win a championship, especially starting the season 0-2 and getting blown out of the first two games by Spackenkill and Millbrook.”

This was a wild, entertaining, back-and-forth game. Ellenville jumped out to a 16-0 lead and then the Bears scored the next 22 points to grab the lead in the third quarter. But the Blue Devils took the momentum back, thanks in large part to Pettway.

Pettway simply couldn’t be stopped on any side of the ball. He rushed for 223 yards and two scores, threw a 40-yard touchdown pass, returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown and returned a kickoff 55 yards for a score.

“Sean Pettway is indeed a game changer. He has an uncanny ability to make nothing out of something with his lateral speed,” Cavanagh said. “He has a great passion for the game of football and is a competitor. He runs hard and also loves to block when given the chance for our other running backs. He can also catch the ball as a receiver and throw the ball. Each game at some point, you will see him at all three positions.”

Ellenville is tentatively scheduled to play Section 4’s 8-Man champion, Lansing, next Saturday back at Dietz Stadium.

“The kids bought in to the change in the summer and I am glad to see their hard work and dedication to the program paid off with a championship,” Cavanagh said.



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