Hudson Valley Sports Report


 Carmel Hammers New Rochelle

CARMEL – It wasn’t just a victory.

It was a complete domination en route to a transition of power.
Carmel High School football overwhelmed perennial Section 1, Class AA champion New Rochelle on Saturday night, rolling up a 28-0 victory over the Huguenots to firmly establish itself as the favorite for the sectional title this year.

The Rams are now 3-0 overall after their first win over New Rochelle in 13 years.

“This means everything to us,” Carmel lineman Dominick Telesco said. “We wanted to be the No.1 team in AA and I think we showed it.”

Carmel controlled the game on both sides of the ball. It was a standout defensive performance, helped by the fact that the Rams ran the ball at will – and ran it well – keeping the NewRo offense off the field.

Josh Massi had 103 yards on the ground and fellow running back Dylan Shields had 90.

Massi scored two touchdowns, Nick Rosaforte had a rushing TD, and quarterback Kevin Dall added a touchdown and an efficient 83 yards through the air.

“We knew it was gonna be a battle this week so we prepared a lot. A very vigorous week of practice and hard work. We thought the key of this week was gonna be establishing the run and then taking shots into the secondary, but as the game went on our offensive line gave their all and dominated them up front,” Dall said. “Our line was gashing their defense and we were able to pick up big yards every play. Our O-line played their hearts out and made New Ro’s defense give up.”

The Huguenots, one of the best rushing teams in the section, had just 103 yards on the ground.

“The key was to stay in our run fits and not let them get the outside on us because we knew they had speed,” Telesco said. “Our defense prepared by studying film very hard and knowing our assignments.”

Beyond that, placekicker Nick Sodano said the Rams had a fantastic week of practice by focusing more on themselves instead of their opponent.

“Coach (Todd) Cayea emphasized how we shouldn’t even be thinking about New Ro, instead we should just focus on ourself and work hard to make Carmel better. Our team was so excited because all the hard work and sacrifices we made paid off. I can say that we are the hardest working team in Section 1,” Sodano said. “All my teammates are always eager to get work down whether it’s going to the gym or getting extra reps in. We won as a team and I couldn’t be prouder of my brothers.”

Added Dall: “As always our coaching staff prepared us so well and we were able to show everyone that Carmel is for real, and we’re gonna make a run.”

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