Talk about a two-way threat. New Paltz’s Khariff LaBoy was dominant on both sides of the ball for the second week in a row in a 33-6 Section 9 Class B win at Spackenkill on Thursday.
Spackenkill had a player shadowing LaBoy when he was playing running back all game, which isn’t a surprise. And how did that work out?
LaBoy, a senior, rushed for 131 yards on 12 carries and three scores. He added a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Spackenkill defeated New Paltz in the Class B playoff semifinals in each of the last two seasons.
“It feels pretty good when you have a guy following you like that, trying to stop you,” LaBoy said. “He would come in the box, he would line up as a defensive back. He was a rover and his job was to stop me. It just comes down to who wants it more. But I couldn’t have done it without my fullback and offensive line.”
LaBoy scored on runs of 1, 13 and 65 yards. He was just as big last week in New Paltz’s 27-7 season-opening win over Monticello. In that game, LaBoy rushed for 99 yards with three all-purpose touchdowns and two interceptions. Against Spackenkill, New Paltz (2-1, 1-0 Class B) John O’Donnell added 62 rushing yards.
After a Nick DeMarco sack, Austin Hekking picked up the ball, racing 30 yards for a touchdown. Deron Dixon had 10 solo tackles for New Paltz, which only led 7-0 at halftime.
“In the second half, all cylinders were on,” LaBoy said. “We just were firing and it felt good.”
Next up for New Paltz is a showdown at 7 p.m. Friday at two-time defending Class B champion Marlboro. New Paltz beat Marlboro for the 2010 Class B title. Marlboro’s Class B game against Dover on Thursday was rained out.
“Khariff is unbelievable,” New Paltz coach Tom Tegeler said. “He’s playing at such a high level and it’s fun to watch. Khariff is just playing that good.”