Newburgh Free Academy, Section IX, did something no other football team could do this season - beat Shenendehowa and end the illustrious career of head coach Brent Steuerwald.

Quarterback Mark Risio scored twice as Newburgh Free Academy turned away Shenendehowa, 16-6, in a state Class AA semifinal game Saturday night at Dietz Stadium (Kingston).

It marked Steuerwald's final game after 44 years on the Shen sidelines. He finishes with a 318-91-4 record, 26 league crowns and 11 Section II championships.

Risio reached the end zone from four yards away in the first quarter to give Newburgh Free Academy a 7-0 advantage. Then he scored from one yard out and a 13-0 lead.

Jeremy Stinson used his talented foot to kick a 40 yard field goal and Newburgh Free Academy had the upper hand, 16-0, at halftime.

Brandon Miller caught a 28 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Teddy Van Galen in the fourth quarter as Shen cut the deficit, 16-6.

Newburgh Free Academy, 10-1, will now play Orchard Park for the AA title at the Carrier Dome and Shenendehowa ends the season at 11-1.

Class B

Croton-Harmon 15, Schalmont 12

What a difference a year makes.

In 2010, Schalmont knocked off Croton-Harmon (Section I), 28-14, but this time around it was Croton-Harmon on top to advance to the Class B championship game on Saturday.

Jesse Mainiero opened the scoring for Croton-Harmon and then Schalmont answered the call as Alex Hildebrand scampered 67 yards for a touchdown and trailed, 7-6.

Devon Willis gave Schalmont the lead, 12-7, with a 48 yard touchdown run. Trevor Wolstencroft scored from 48 yards away and Croton-Harmon came out victorious.

Schalmont ends a fine season at 11-1.

Class C

Dobbs Ferry 13, Hoosick Falls 12

A single point stopped Hoosick Falls from advancing to the Carrier Dome.

Sophomore Tim Soave, who gained 115 yards rushing, scored from one yard away in the fourth quarter to propel Dobbs Ferry in the semifinals.

Billy Pine gave Hoosick Falls an early 6-0 lead with a two yard run but Dobbs Ferry responded with his own two yard run and a 7-6 advantage.

Tanner Williams got into the scoring act with a 52 yard touchdown and Hoosick Falls got on top again, 12-7. Then it was time for Soave's heroics.

Hoosick Falls ends the season with an 11-1 record.

Article by Mike Collar