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Ossining Rebounds, Tops Gorton in Class A Playoff

OSSINING, N.Y. – Ossining’s pride and resilience showed through once more Thursday when the Pride battled back from an early 14-point deficit and pulled out a hard-fought 35-26 victory over visiting Gorton in the quarterfinal round of the Section 1 Class A playoffs.

“We have had to come back a few times this year and we’re never down no matter what,” Ossining quarterback Brian Connolly said. “It’s been fun and exciting being here after a disappointing season last year. Now we’ll get ready for Poughkeepsie.”

Ossining (6-2) in the No. 2 seed, won the right to play at top-seeded Poughkeepsie in Tuesday’s semifinal round, while third-seeded Gorton (6-2) will meet another opponent in one of several bowls and postseason matchups next week.

Connolly led the offense on its comeback, completing six of 13 passes, including touchdown scores of 13 and 68 yards and a 1-yard touchdown blast that sealed the win late in the game. Tailback Marc Clancy gained a team-high 166 yards and a touchdown and Joshua Almodovar gained 78 yards to help move the offense.

“We’ve had so many guys step up and fill in for injured players all year,” Clancy said.

Sophomore quarterback Justin Davidov, backing up Connolly, scored on a 15-yard run that gave the Pride a 20-19 lead at halftime.

The visiting Wolves, who had lost 18 straight games coming into this season of revival, were led by Thomas Watson, who gained a game-high 169 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Jon Vazquez added 111 yards and two touchdowns and Daniel Liriano gained 104 yards as the Wolves compiled more than 380 yards on the ground.

“We’re missing some key kids and had another kid go down today, but out backup tight end filled in really well,” Pride coach Dan Ricci said. “I’m really proud of the way we have fought back. No we have a shot at Poughkeepsie and they’re a machine, but we’ll be there.”

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