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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Joe Clarke was all over the football field Saturday, helping to lead the New Rochelle football team to its second straight victory, a 27-0 waxing of rival Mount Vernon. Clarke didn’t rest even when he was sent to the sideline for most of the fourth quarter when coach Lou DiRienzo sent in the second team.

“We played better this week than the first week,” said Clarke, whose father, Joe Clarke, played basketball at New Rochelle in the early 1990s. “We have good players, so we expect to win games. We just want to get better every week.”

The Huguenots, who have not allowed a single point in victories over Fox Lane (23-0) and Mount Vernon and are the defending Section 1 Class AA champions, travel to Carmel Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. start against the 0-2 Rams. Carmel should not expect a letdown from the Huguenots. New Rochelle’s defense is quick to the ball, led by a front line that slammed the Mount Vernon running game. Clarke, Durell Rice, Devon McDonald, Anthony Caldararo and Tyler Lilly held the Knights to under 100 yards of total offense in the game.

On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Kahlil Edney and running backs Kemet McLean and Jonathan Forrest are tough inside and quick outside. The Rams were beaten 28-7 by John Jay on opening day and 31-3 by Clarkstown South last week. Carmel struggles moving the ball on the ground and hasn’t been able to stop opponents’ running games, a bad combination when facing a team with the potent offense of New Rochelle.

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