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Spartans Come From Behind To Beat Onteora

BOICEVILLE – Who said offensive linemen don’t have soft hands?

Max Swartz might have made the play of the game, setting up Spackenkill High School’s come-from-behind 26-20 win at Onteora in a Section 9, 8-Man Football League game on Saturday night.

The victory snapped a two-game losing skid for the Spartans.

Tied at 20-20 in the fourth quarter after the host Indians had just scored, Swartz came up with the key play. Onteora tried a squib kick and Swartz deftly recovered it.

“They looked at our frontline and must have thought “Ah, 54, we’ll kick it at him,’” Spartans coach Clinton DeSouza said. “But he fielded it and it was amazing.”

Josiah Williams then had two big runs to put the Spartans deep into Onteora territory, but there were lingering memories of two drives, in the second and third quarters, where Spackenkill turned the ball over in the red zone.

Not this time. Williams went in from five yards out on the wedge to give Sparty a 26-20 lead with 3:25 left on the clock.

Jayden Bennermon picked off a pass to seal the victory.

Bennermon carried the ball 30 times from the quarterback spot for 115 and threw for 155 yards and three touchdown passes – two to Alex Crichton and one to Williams on a 90-yard bomb. Williams had 104 yards on the ground.

“It was an important win,” DeSouza said. “They are not the same old Onteora team. They are quick, they are savvy, and it was a dogfight. I loved how we responded because (in losses to) Pawling and Pine Plains, we didn’t respond.”

Spackenkill, now 3-2, has Dover on the road next week and finishes up with Millbrook at home the following week.

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