Rye Neck Football Falls 28-27 In State Title Game

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- An early fourth quarter touchdown and subsequent extra point by Chenango Forks snapped a tie and proved to be the difference as Rye Neck fell 28-27 in the New York State Class C football championship game at the Carrier Dome.

Rye Neck, the lone team from Section 1 (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Rockland counties) to make the state finals this year was making its first state title-game appearance.

The 7-yard run by Isaiah Zimmer and PAT put Chenango Forks, the Section 4 champion, ahead 28-21.

Rye Neck then pulled within one with just over four minutes remaining in regulation on a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Thomas Popolo to Jake Sevean. Rye Neck then went for the 2-point conversion and the lead but Pedro Cueto was stopped shy of the end zone.

Rye Neck wraps up the season at 12-1.

You can view a box score from contest here.

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Going for 2 and the win! You have all my respect. Great season. Gutsy call.


I am a Chenango Forks alumni who played football for Chenango Forks many years ago. We're very proud of the program. I was at the Carrier Dome today and I want to say that Rye Neck has nothing to be ashamed of. They are one tough football team, and there is no question they deserved to be playing for a state championship. It was an awesome game from start to finish. Nice game.


Great! Great! Season Rye Neck Gridders!!! I would call it... as a real man's way to end it...Going for 2...The Win!! Gutsy, confident, lay it on the line moment...Both teams played as close to champions as possible...Heads Up..Proud...about the whole game...

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