Alright, they’re not exactly Marlboro. But the way the New Paltz football team ran all over both Onteora and Rondout — in the space of just five days — certainly bodes well for another Huguenots’ run at a Section 9 title. And run they did. Against Onteora it was close to 500 yards on the ground, against the Ganders it was over 200.
Everybody knew about junior fullback Darryl Clark and sophomore tailback Khariff Laboy coming into the 2011 season — both rushed for over 800 yards last season and look on target for even better numbers this season. But the early season revelation has been the defense — nearly impregnable in the two starts — and against Rondout, the breakout performance by oft-injured senior Chad Wells.
Onteora actually was down just 7-6 at halftime of Tuesday’s remake of Saturday’s cancellation, though this one was played in a Biblical rainstorm. But that was before Clark and Laboy got revved up, with the former rushing for 220 yards on 18 carries (with two touchdowns) and the latter getting 215 in 15 carries (and a touchdown — plus another on a 55-yard punt return). Sophomore backup fullback Deron Dixon added to the yard-party with a fourth quarter 32-yard run. The final was 42-6.
New Paltz didn’t waste anytime sticking it to the rebuilding Ganders, taking the opening kickoff at their own 42-yard line and going 58 yards in seven plays, with Laboy scooting in for the touchdown from three yards out at 9:25. The big play was a 24-yard run off a reverse by the unheralded Wells.
Wells made it all happen again — and quickly — intercepting a Brett Steers pass on a third-and-13 from the Rondout 44. From there it was a couple bursts from Clark and Laboy, and a Wells 23-yard touchdown run to finish it off. With Chris Mazzei’s extra point it was 13-0 New Paltz at 4:35.