PURCHASE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle fans came out to cheer on the Huguenots on Tuesday afternoon as they took on Binghamton at SUNY-Purchase in the state regional semifinals. It was an unexpected place for New Rochelle, which made the semifinal because of Khalil Edney's big game-changing shot Sunday.
"This is a big change for New Rochelle history, and for Mount Vernon history, too," said Toryn Landrine, who graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2008. "Little Edney is a quarterback, and that shot was like a quarterback pass. I'm here for him, as an alum, and I hope they make it to the state championship."
The trip was worth it for the fans from New Rochelle, which won, 67-48, to advance to the state playoff quarterfinal.
"I came out because New Ro finally made it to this point after all these years; they haven't done this since Ray Rice was here, so it's a big accomplishment," said Rodgers. "I know both Benson Bracey and Joe Clarke since they were little boys, so it's a little bit of a special time right now."
Andrea Bracey, Rodgers' fiancé, said, "I have a nephew playing and a godson playing, I grew up with the coaches, so it's like a whole community event. I wanted to come and support everybody. I went to New Rochelle High School, so I want to see them go all the way. We're very proud of them."
Rodgers said Sunday's game was incredible. "It was crazy. Unreal. That's the bottom line."