Hudson Valley Sports Report

PHOTO GALLERY: CARMEL AT JOHN JAY FOOTBALL

Rams Hammer Patriots To Improve To 4-0 This Season

By Jonathan Kinane
Special to HVSR

WICCOPEE – For the first time this season, the Carmel High School football team trailed in a game.

The Rams fell behind by one point at John Jay, 7-6.

How did Carmel respond?

Oh, just by scoring the next 34 points of the game.

Carmel continued its strong start to the season with a 40-7 road victory over John Jay at the Patriots’ homecoming game on Saturday afternoon.

No team has come within 27 points of the Rams this season.

The Rams (4-0) grounded and pounded their way to victory, rushing for five of their six total touchdowns. They dominated time of possession, keeping John Jay’s offense on the sidelines for most of the game.

“We got wonderful kids who are locked in and focused from week to week,” Carmel head coach Todd Cayea said. “These guys are a special group of kids.”

Carmel quarterback Kevin Dall finished with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and halfback Thomas Keating added two more on the ground.

“I think that our o-line is the best in Section I,” Dall said. “It’s no surprise that we were able to dominate like we did up front.”

The Patriots took the early 7-6 after halfback Aidan Gallagher took his team’s first offensive play 67 yards to the endzone.

Carmel struck back when Dall found Andrew Fiori for a seven-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter, but on the next series, John Jay drove into Rams territory with a chance to re-take the lead.

The Patriots lost all momentum after a high snap, a sack, and another bad snap on a punt. Carmel got the ball in plus territory and Nick Rosaforte ran in from five yards to give his team a 20-7 lead. Dall scampered in from 22 yards away to make it 27-7 at halftime.

“We just brought some pressure,” Cayea said. “They had two explosive plays but once we started bringing pressure it pretty much sealed it for us.”

John Jay lost two fumbles in the third quarter, and the Rams were able to convert both for touchdowns. The backups entered to salt away the clock in the fourth quarter.

“We made a few too many mistakes against a good team like Carmel,” Patriots head coach Tom O’Hare said. “They were able to capitalize off our miscues, but I was proud as can be about the way our kids came out and fought.”

Things will get a bit easier for the Patriots (2-2), who have had to play New Rochelle and Carmel in their last two games. John Jay will travel to Fox Lane for a league on Friday.

“It’s been a blessing and a burden,” O’Hare said of the early-season schedule. “We’re looking at it with the mindset that we have the opportunity to play those two teams and see that level of speed and physicality.”

Carmel will make the trip down to Clarkstown South for a Friday night game.

“That’s gonna be a very good test for us,” Cayea said. “They just knocked off Suffern. It’s gonna be a hell of a game.”

Photographer extraordinaire Todd McDonough was at the game to take these great images.

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