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Bears Score With 1:19 Left To Take Sectional Title

KINGSTON – Surprisingly, the very first Section 9 championship game for the inaugural season of 8-Man Football in the Hudson Valley was not a wild, high-scoring affair.

That didn’t make it any less dramatic, however.

Tri-Valley High School scored with just 79 seconds remaining, and the Bears beat Pine Plains, 16-12, for the title at neutral Dietz Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

It was the second time this year that Tri-Valley beat the Bombers – their only two losses.

“Winning the championship with this group of seniors is extremely satisfying,” Bears coach Gene Botsford said. “Myself and (defensive coordinator) Jon Allison have been coaching these kids since second grade.  They’ve worked extremely hard to achieve this championship and I couldn’t be prouder of them.  I’m hoping the success we’ve had this year will improve our numbers moving forward.”

Diminishing numbers was the primary reason that Tri-Valley, Pine Plains and six other area schools decided to turn to 8-Man Football this season.

No games were cancelled or forfeited throughout the fall, making it already an unqualified success for the participating schools.

Pine Plains took a 12-8 lead in the title match midway through the third quarter on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Holsopple to Kyle Stracher, and it stayed that way until it was almost over.

But T-V started a drive that ended with a bit of improvisation. Protection broke down on a play-action pass call, but quarterback Keegan Streimer rolled left, point to receiver Ethan Shaver to break his route, and then delivered a perfect ball for the game-winning touchdown.

“To have a sophomore QB make a play like that off schedule, and in a championship game, is pretty impressive,” Botsford said.

One Comment

  1. sean keenan

    November 3, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Congrats Tri-Valley!!!!!!!

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