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TWO BEST REGULAR-SEASON 8-MAN TEAMS FALL VICTIM TO UPSETS

Tri-Valley Beats Previously Unbeaten Pawling, Ellenville Tops Pine Plains

HYDE PARK – A neutral setting like, say, Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, is supposed to be the great equalizer between two teams.

Boy was it ever on Saturday.

With Hyde Park as the backdrop, the two best teams from the regular-season in the Section 9, 8-Man League are out.

Top-seeded and undefeated Pawling lost 22-16 to No. 4 and defending league champ Tri-Valley, while No. 3 Pine Plains lost to No. 2 Ellenville, 30-14, in semifinal matches.

The Bears and Blue Devils will hook up on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. at Dietz Stadium in Kingston to decide the championship.

For Tri-Valley it was sweet redemption and a defensive showcase. The Bears and Tigers were tied at 16-all at halftime thanks to a Keegan Streimer 5-yard run and an Austin Hartman two-point conversion with one second left until the break. T-V then figured out a way to shut down the high-powered Pawling offense and pitched a shutout in the second half.

The only score after intermission was a 1-yard run by Ethan Shaver with 4:56 to play.

In the Pine Plains game, the Bombers could not get their big-play offense uncorked but for far different reasons – 1,000-yard rusher Kyle Stracher was out with a high ankle sprain.

Quarterback Sebastian Burmester picked up some of the slack with 200 yards passing, 155 of them to Luke Imperato. But Ellenville running back Sean Pettway had a big game to keep the Blue Devils in front.

“This was a tough loss,” Pine Plains coach Rob Scott said. “Our offense was not on track today. But our kids had a great season and this special group of seniors have to keep their heads up high. They rebuilt this football program in the last three years.”

 

 

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