Defensively, the Sabres kept Beekmantown's offense in check. Tailback Patrick Manor gained only 87 yards on 21 carries, and quarterback Carter Frechette was sacked four times.
"We just felt that if we could play good pass defense and control the line of scrimmage we could do some good things," said Whipple. "I think the best thing that came out of the game was that we tackled well."
Schalmont will need that type of defensive effort Saturday in Kingston if it hopes to beat Nanuet and advance to next weekend's state final in Syracuse.
"I think we'll have a very good game plan in place," said Whipple. "I know Nanuet is undefeated, but I think we have a really good shot to beat them.""