Marlboro is the undisputed Section 9 Class B champion and looking for a three-peat. The undefeated Iron Dukes have rolled over opponents this season.
Highland is a worthy contender, make an impact in Class B again, and looking forward to a shot at Marlboro. The Huskies host Marlboro in the Class B showdown at 7 p.m. Friday.
This showdown has plenty of juice. Why? Where do we start? Marlboro and Highland, separated by about 10 miles on 9W North, are tradtionally fierce rivals. They call this game the Black and Blue Bowl.
At stake on Friday is the Class B regular-season title and the top-seed in the Section 9 playoffs: Winner-take-all. Marlboro (7-0, 5-0 Class B) is the two-time defending Class B champion and reached the state semifinals last season.
Marlboro has won 24 games in a row against Section 9 opponents since losing to Spackenkill 21-6 on Sept. 17, 2011. Highland enters 6-1, 4-1 Class B with its only loss coming to Rondout Valley, 14-13. The Huskies, of course, will give Marlboro their best shot.
So what do the players have to say about Marlboro vs. Highland? First, I stopped at Marlboro to speak with star quarterback Ryan Cary and two-way linemen Robert Papuli:
After Marlboro, I headed to Highland. Here’s what quarterback Brandon Mack and wide receiver Ryan Merget said about facing the mighty Iron Dukes:
Stay tuned for more on this game on Varisty845.com this week. Also follow me on Twitter @justinrod845 for Section 9 news, notes and profiles.