PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – In Pleasantville and Nanuet’s previous games the past two seasons, the winning margin has been one point.
Earlier this season, Pleasantville defeated Nanuet, 7-6, when the Golden Knights missed their extra point.
The teams will meet on the gridiron once again with a championship-game berth on the line as the second-seeded Panthers host the third-seeded Golden Knights at 7 p.m. Friday in a Section 1 Class B Football Championship semifinal.
The winner advances to the title game at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahopac against the No. 4 Croton-No. 1 Our Lady of Lourdes victor.
Pleasantville and Nanuet both enter the game with 5-2 records and off crushing wins. The Panthers blitzed Hastings, 43-0, and the Golden Knights ran all over defending Section 1 Class B champion Croton, 41-7.
“We know Nanuet is a very good team,” said Pleasantville defensive end/guard Cameron Burns. “They like to ground and pound with their running game and punch you in the mouth. We expect a fierce battle with them.”
In their earlier meeting this season, Pleasantville’s defense had three fumble recoveries and Burns registered a couple of sacks.
Nanuet features the bruising running of Dan Breit and Peter Smith. Both backs weigh more than 200 pounds.
“Defensively, our main concern is stopping their running backs, No. 44 and No. 30, who are both large, powerful backs,” said Burns of Breit and Smith, respectively.
Pleasantville will aim to duplicate its defensive effort against Nanuet once again. The Panthers’ offense has come alive the last few games and it all starts with the offensive line.
“We’ve been getting a good surge off the line and finishing our blocks,” Burns said.
While Pleasantville understands Nanuet wants revenge, the Panthers are just as motivated.
“It’s a playoff game and both teams are going to be fired up to play,” Burns said.
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