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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Stillwater Defeats Haldane with Clutch Defense, Heads to Class D State Championship

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On Friday afternoon, the Haldane football team faced off ​against Stillwater in the​ NYSPHSAA East Region Class D semifinals and it was an ⁢intense showdown. The Blue⁤ Devils made a huge effort to catch up to Stillwater’s lead, but with just 14 seconds left, it seemed as though‍ their hopes were dashed. However, instead of giving up, the Section 1⁣ champions made a bold decision⁤ to go for ​the‌ win on a 2-point try. Although the pass attempt⁣ on the‍ swinging gate⁢ trick play ⁢fell incomplete, it was an admirable effort ⁤from⁢ Haldane. Despite their loss, the ⁣team showed great determination and courage, and this only adds to their already impressive record. Stillwater’s Jaxon Mueller credited his teammate James Cocozzo for making a huge‌ play,⁢ showing that players ‌need to step up and deliver in these crucial⁢ moments. The​ team’s head‌ coach Ian Godfrey also gave credit to his coaching staff and players for having the awareness and composure to handle such a tense situation. Though Haldane may not have come out ‍on top, both teams‍ put on a great performance and Stillwater’s ⁣victory will go ⁣down in school history. It was an unforgettable game that highlights the true spirit of sportsmanship and⁣ determination.

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Beckett Nielson
Beckett Nielson
Transitioning from a collegiate athlete to a sports journalist, Beckett O’Neal channels his passion for sports into engaging stories. A Boston College graduate, Beckett specializes in local sports coverage, from high school heroes to regional professional teams, providing in-depth analysis and an athlete's insight.
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