Hudson Valley Sports Report

PHOTO GALLERY: LIBERTY STUNS SPACKENKILL

Indians Come Back From 14-0 Deficit

POUGHKEEPSIE – Perhaps knowing that this was a non-league game with no division ramifications will somehow soothe the Spackenkill High School football team. The Spartans will make the needed adjustments, move on, and forget about it.

Not so for Liberty.

Oh no.

The Indians aren’t forgetting about this one for a long, long time.

Down 14-0 at halftime, Liberty scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 2:34 remaining Saturday afternoon and pulled off a stunning 22-21 road win against the Spartans.

It was the season opener for both teams.

“We have to learn the lesson from this and get better for next week,” Spackenkill coach Clinton DeSouza said.

The Spartans’ Dhyquem Lewinson scored on runs of 2 and 48 yards in the first half to give Spack a 14-0 halftime lead, but the Indians came out of the gate strong after the break. Quarterback Chris Bayer set up the first touchdown with a 46-yard scramble, which led to a Kymanni Dennis short run that cut the lead to 14-6.

On the ensuing Spackenkill possession, Liberty forced a fumble and took over at the Spartans’ 37. A 25-yard run by Dennis put the Indians just inside the 10, and Dennis finished it off from there and added the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-all.

Spackenkill then went on a drive midway through the fourth quarter and this time it was Nasir Milligan coming up with a couple of big runs, ending it with a 6-yard run with just under six minutes remaining for a 21-14 lead.

But again Liberty answered.

A critical 24-yard completion by Bayer to Bobby McLeod set the Indians up in the red zone. On a fourth-and-10 from the 10, Dennis took it all the way home and then bulled up for the two-point conversion for the game-winning points.

Dennis finished with 111 yards rushing.

Photos from today’s game can be seen here http://www.edwarddiller.com

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