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Tyrell Goodman - MVP

Posted Monday, June 06, 2011 by lohud.com

"When they keep it down to such basics where it's tough to get an edge one way or the other, the no-huddle was huge," said Prato, who will attend Princeton. "They only had two defensive ends and three guys on the inside of the line, and we were running them down."

The Downstate defense was equally effective against an Upstate offense led by Broyld, the Class AA state player of the year. Broyld and company failed to score during his four possessions; Upstate scored its only points on a 74-yard pass from Williamsville South's Joe Licata to Fowler's Kelvin Amparo.

Broyld, who had 70 yards rushing on 13 carries, was twice stuffed at the goal line from inside the 1 with the score tied 7-7 in the second quarter. New Rochelle defensive back Jordan Lucas was in on both stops along with Poughkeepsie defensive end Tyre Coleman, who later had a sack.

Goodman then led the team from the half-yard line on an 11-play drive. It was capped by Wallkill kicker Pat Toole's 47-yard field goal.

From the goal-line stand on, the Downstate team never trailed.

"It was close at the time," Lucas said. "That was a really big (stop). It gave us momentum on the sideline. I think that took the heart out of them."

With Downstate on top 34-7 in the fourth quarter, the defense faced another fourth-and-one inside its own territory. New Rochelle linebacker Bubby Manns forced a fumble on a tackle behind the line of scrimmage, and the loose ball was recovered by John Jay linebacker Lucas Myer.

"We were basically dominating," Manns said. "We just wanted to get another stop there to pump our crowd up and pump our team up."

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