Here’s Rick Carpiniello’s story on Sleepy Hollow-Nyack, with photos and video from Peter Carr:
NYACK — There was just too much Devin Lopez in the battle of Hudson River unbeatens at MacCalman Field Friday night.
Lopez’s Sleepy Hollow Headless Horsemen beat host Nyack 35-28 in a shootout that featured just one punt.
Lopez finished with 143 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and 155 yards passing and two more scores. Anthony Curanaj caught seven passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Sleepy (4-0) snapped a 14-14 tie after opening the second half with an onside kick that was recovered by Isaiah Sanjuan, as Lopez scored on a 1-yard sneak. Dante Ellis recovered a Nyack fumble, then had a 19-yard run to set up Dominic Onwe’s 1-yard touchdown run, and Lopez, on a fake kick, passed to Peter Jelenek for a 2-point conversion and a 28-14 lead.
Nyack’s Jordan Mews (7 for 10, 142 yards and a touchdown) came back with passes of 36 and 30 yards to Quamel Broadhurst, then scored on an end-zone leap from 6 yards out to cut it to 28-21. But Lopez broke an eye-popping 40-yard run, then scored from 10 yards out to make it 35-21.
Adonis Alcime’s 2-yard touchdown run put him over 100 yards rushing and cut the lead to 35-28 with 7:03 to play, but Sleepy Hollow stopped a final Nyack drive to win it.
“It was thrilling,” Lopez said. “Our goal is to go undefeated the whole way, and this is a step.”
Lopez opened the game with a 77-yard drive finished on a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jelenek, who made a one-handed grab in the back of the end zone. Alcime, out last week with a head injury, tied the score with a 4-yard run at the end of a 69-yard drive.
The Indians (3-1) went up after a Lopez fumble on Mews’ 34-yard pass to Kenny Diaz, but the Horsemen tied it again on Lopez’s 8-yard pass to Curanaj and Alex Laub’s PAT kick in the second quarter.
“Both teams deserved to win, I thought,” said Nyack coach Mike Ramponi. “But they executed very well. I was proud of both teams. What we did best is we didn’t shut down. I’m proud of my guys.
“You’ve got to learn how to win tough games and to play in tough games.”
Nyack next faces a familiar face. John Castellano, who won two state championships with Nyack, comes back to MacCalman Field as Poughkeepsie’s new head coach next week. He was in attendance Friday night.