Appearing in their first New York State sectional playoff game since 2010, the New Paltz High School football team fell to Section 1 Pleasantville High School by a score of 56-20 on Friday, Nov. 11.
The New Paltz Huguenots conclude their season with an overall record of 8-2. The team won their first Section 9 Championship since 2010, outscoring their opponents 356-163 over the course of the year.
New Paltz kept the game close as they trailed just 22-20 at halftime. The Huguenots were down 22-13 with 38 seconds remaining in the first half, but a 65-yard kickoff return by fourth-year wide receiver Joey DiMarco brought New Paltz to within two. But the Panthers scored 34 unanswered points in the second half to seal the win.
Nine of the Huguenots 32 players will not return next season due to graduation. These include DiMarco, fourth-years Hunter Mcvea, Anthony Nittolo, Kumar Singh, George Williamson, Pat Palcic, Phil Doorman, Chris Bendell and Guy Soumah.