Hambletonians win Section 9, Class C Championship

Another win this Saturday against Dobbs Ferry will send team to the state semi-finals

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  • The Hambletonians after the win against Spackenkill (Photo provided)

  • The Hambletonians (Photo provided)

“We just clicked. We all did our jobs. We played like our coaches wanted us to. The offense did their job. Every time we got a first down we’d run up into the huddle, run up to the line and we’d just do it again and get another first down. And defense — we all did our jobs, did our game plan. It shows in the score.”
Jacob Delgado, running back

By Ginny Privitar

— Chester's Hambletonians beat Spackenkill's Spartans 48-6 on Nov. 3 to win Section 9, Class C Title Championship at Faller Field in Middletown.

But the best may be yet to come.

Chester will play Dobbs Ferry in the quarterfinals of the Class C state playoffs at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. at Mahopac High School in Westchester. If they win, they go to the state semi-finals.

Chester's Hambletonian football team was on fire last Saturday, both offense and defense. Mike Sinnino scored five touchdowns, and there were two more: Jacob Delgado returned an interception for a score, and Kevin Stein caught a 22-yard pass and brought it in. Delgado was named game MVP for defense, and Mike Sinnino for offense.

"We just clicked," said running back Jacob Delgado. "We all did our jobs. We played like our coaches wanted us to. The offense did their job. Every time we got a first down we'd run up into the huddle, run up to the line and we'd just do it again and get another first down. And defense — we all did our jobs, did our game plan. It shows in the score."

Delgado made a great defensive touchdown.

"I made the right read and did my job," he said. "I saw the QB look up — not his usual first intention. I knew something was up. I got in the passing lane, put my hands up and caught the interception."

The seniors from last year graduated. Delgado credits the juniors and sophomores who "had to step up and fill the jobs the coaches need us to fill. This year it's nice. We're all clicking."

Kevin Stein, wide receiver and defensive end, said the team started off slowly when it last played Spackenkill.

"We knew this time we had to start off fast," Kevin said. "I think we did that well and jumped on them early. We started to gain confidence and momentum, and that's what helped us win the game."

Kevin caught a 22-yard pass from QB Joe Battiato and brought it in for a touchdown.

Kevin offered his thoughts on next week's game against Dobbs Ferry.

"We played them once — a close game and they won and I think this time if we just match the energy we had last week and play our game with confidence we'll be fine and I think we have a good chance of winning," he said.

A more mature teamMike Sannino, running back and defensive end, was unstoppable and scored five touchdowns in the last game. A senior who also played last year, he credits the whole team.

"I think our team matured a lot since last year and we don't make as many mistakes as we did last year," said Mike. "Our offensive line is playing the best football and that really leads to our success." He also credits hard work and practice. I knew I had to have a better game than last time" against Spackenkill.

"Next week, it's the biggest game of my career," he continued. "I just hope we come out with a win, and I just try to do my best to help my team."

Joe Battiato is the Hambletonians' starting quarterback.

"Last week I think we played really well and executed," said Joe. We followed the game plan and did really well on defense. We knew the running backs on the other team would be the main focus of our offense and we did a good job of stopping them. I think we're very confident about game because we already played them."

He was sure the Hambletonians won't make mistakes they made the last time.

"Right now we're playing our best football," said Joe.

That goes for the whole team.

Hambletonian Coach Ron Stover said last week he and the team were concerned about getting behind.

"In a previous game against Spackenkill, the score was 20-0 and we came back and scored 34 points to beat them," Stover said. "Last Saturday we were determined not to fall behind and won 48-6.

"Three weeks ago we played Dobbs Ferry and we lost, 14-6. We expect another close and challenging game on Saturday."

Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Rolando Aguilar said, "We’re extremely proud of Coach Ron Stover, his staff and his team. We have to win two more games to get to the Carrier Dome, which always has been the goal for this program ever since Coach Stover began here.

"It’s amazing what the coaches do on every level. Do you know, on my staff I have six coaches who were recognized by either the state or by Varsity 845 as Coach of the Year.

"The great thing about it is this is a great bunch of kids."

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