Saturday’s mission was accomplished by New Rochelle’s Huguenots, coming back from a halftime deficit to defeat Shaker High School, 27-19. New Rochelle High School will head back to the state championship game for the first time since 2012.
Senior running back Jordan Forrest led the team’s offense with 26 carries for 285 yards on the ground in the Class AA semifinal in Middletown.
Shaker, up 19-13 at halftime off a couple early long rushing touchdowns, was stopped by New Rochelle’s defense on its first drive of the second half to open the door for the Huguenots. Halim Dixon-King caught a touchdown with 5:48 left in the third quarter to tie up the score and with the extra point New Rochelle never looked back.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA final will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Carrier Dome on the Syracuse University campus in Syracuse, N.Y.