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Patriots Fall In Section 1, Class AA Semifinals

NEW ROCHELLE – John Jay High School was right there.

Down three touchdowns after one quarter, the fourth-seeded Patriots fought back to cut the deficit to one score against their nemesis, No. 1 New Rochelle, on Saturday.

But the Huguenots just have their number, plain and simple.

New Rochelle shut it down from there to pull away, and beat Jay, 38-14, in a Section 1, Class AA semifinal.

New-Ro will play second-seeded Carmel on Saturday night, Nov. 9, at neutral Mahopac High School, going for its fifth consecutive championship.

“I’m so proud of our kids,” John Jay coach Tom O’Hare said. “The score isn’t indicative of how close it really was. Especially considering we were down 21-0 and a lot of teams, on the road against a good team, might not have found it in them to come back.”

But when Dan Beal found Brayden Rossi for a touchdown to cut it to 21-14, Jay had life and the momentum midway through the third quarter.

But the hosts scored quickly to go back up 28-14, added a field goal to make it a three-score game, and then when it was no secret that Jay had to pass, the Huguenots intercepted a pass and took it to the house in the final quarter.

“I’m super-proud of what we did this year,” O’Hare said. “The system we adopted and set up so the best teams were playing the top teams from other leagues (in non-league games) and we crossed over to play the other three leagues’ top teams. And we won the league that I thought was the toughest and finished 6-3 and made it to the sectional semifinals.”



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