SYRACUSE,N.Y.-New Rochelle beat Orchard Park 34-6 Saturday night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse to prevent the Quakers from repeating as New York State Class AA champions.
The game was basically decided by halftime as New Rochelle had built a 28-nothing lead. In the first half New Rochelle ran 24 times for 163 yards. The Quakers could not stop the Huguenot on third down as New Rochelle converted six of seven third downs. They were also one for one on fourth down. For the game New Rochelle ran 48 times for 244 yards. Orchard Park ran 22 times for 132 yards.
For New Rochelle quarterback # 7 Khalil Edney ran for 91 yards on seven carries. He averaged 13 yards a carry. Edney ran for two touchdowns. Running back # 3 Jason Ceneus had 12 carries for 75 yards.
For Orchard Park quarterback # 2 Ben Holmes was 10 for 26 passing for 170 yards and a touchdown. After the game Holmes said New Rochelle made certain Orchard Park earned everything they got, which wasn't much. "They flew to the ball like no other team that we faced through the season. They swarmed and they were super fast. They hit really hard, it was kind of like when they hit you you didn't want to go back and run again. They're a great team and they're well coached. Much respect to them." Holmes ran 12 times for 109 yards.
Senior wide receiver # 8 Austin Goltz was the Quakers top receiver, He caught 6 passes for 108 yards. Senior # 9 Raphael Pagliei caught two passes for 37 yards including the only touchdown of the game for Orchard Park. It was a 26 yard pass from Holmes late in the fourth quarter.
Orchard Park head coach Gene Tundo said "they're really fast, very quick strong up front and they defended everything we did really well."
Tundo said at halftime "we told them we didn't want them to quit no matter what. Nobody was a quitter on our team. Our guys kept playing. They played a lot better in the second half. I was proud of every kid out there. Their team is very good. Its the best team in the state in Class AA."
Orchard Park finishes the season with an 11-2 record.