Longest halftime ever? Sleepy Hollow and Poughkeepsie must wait until late Monday afternoon to resume. Here’s my story on their hiatus:
With a nine-point lead entering halftime against Poughkeepsie, Sleepy Hollow stood just one half from a win it wanted, the type that would prove its recent success was no fluke. Last year’s Class A runner-up has waited since last November for this moment, but now it must wait until Monday.
“It’s the longest halftime I’ve ever heard of,” coach Steve Borys said.
The Headless Horsemen led Poughkeepsie 27-18 when thunder, lightning and heavy rain forced a postponement. The teams will resume play at 5 Monday because of the Yom Kippur holiday.
The Pioneers head coach, John Castellano, will attend his son’s wedding this weekend in San Diego and was busy Thursday night trying to alter travel plans in order to attend the game.
“It’s going to be tough to come back on Monday,” said Sleepy Hollow quarterback Devin Lopez, who scored a rushing touchdown but watched his counterpart, Markel Green, connect with Cary Nicholson for a score just before halftime. “They went into halftime with some momentum. Monday’s a brand new day.”
Of course, the Headless Horsemen (1-0) would’ve preferred to finish the game yesterday. Senior Dante Ellis (pictured above) had rushed for three touchdowns to stake his team to the two-score lead at the break. Their running game gashed the Pioneers, a perennial playoff team Sleepy Hollow had eyed for months.
“This is a big one on our schedule,” said Ellis, whose team beat Yonkers 40-0 in last week’s opener. “It was in our eyes from even before we played Yonkers. Poughkeepsie was one of the teams we were looking at.”
“We knew it was going to be just like the Rye game last year,” Lopez said. “We knew it was going to be a test for how far we could go this season. We had been looking forward to this game for a long time.”
Now, both teams will be forced to look adjust in their preparation for Monday. Borys said he had never encountered such a long suspension and wasn’t sure how the coaches will handle it.
“It’s tough,” he said. “We’ll have to kind of figure it out while we go.”