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New Rochelle Football Team Loses In State Semifinals

The New Rochelle football team fell to Troy in the state semifinals.
The New Rochelle football team fell to Troy in the state semifinals. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Troy took an early lead against New Rochelle and never looked back in the Class AA semifinal Nov. 19 at Diez Stadium in Kingston.

The Flying Horses advanced to the state championship football game in Syracuse with a 20-14 win.

For the Huguenots, the loss was a heartbreaking end to a 10-1 season. Coach Lou DiRienzo admitted there were some little mistakes that contributed to his team’s defeat.

"We've had our mistakes along the way [throughout the season], but have never really gotten bit by those mistakes," DiRienzo said. "We made those tonight, and you can't do that with a team of this caliber. Troy was a well-coached and well-disciplined team."

Troy took a 20-7 lead into halftime.

New Rochelle sophomore running back Jordan Forrest scored on the final play of the third quarter on a 12-yard run to cut the lead to six. But ultimately, it wasn't enough.

"We were not consistent enough, both offensively and defensively," DiRenzio said. “I wish [Troy] well in Syracuse.”

Despite the loss, the Huguenots gained 153 yards on the ground, led by junior Jared Baron, who carried the ball 18 times for 78 yards.

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