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MANOR’S BRIAN WILL appears to be sitting on Millbrook’s Mike Kearios for a split second as he was tackled by Kearios on this play in Saturday’s game.

Manor Homecoming
Not Too Sweet

By Rob Potter
LIVINGSTON MANOR — October 24, 2000 – The Millbrook Blazers spoiled the Livingston Manor’s Homecoming Saturday afternoon.
Millbrook (7–1, 3–0 Class D) rolled up a 33-0 lead en route to a 33-6 triumph over Manor (2–5, 0–2 Class D) in a Section IX Class D football game.
The Blazers may have also ruined the Wildcats chances of playing in the Class D championship game at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.
With a spotless 3-0 record against the other three D schools in Section IX — Manor, Roscoe and Tri-Valley — Millbrook is assured of a spot in the Class D title tilt the first weekend of November at Dietz. Manor, however, needs to win its game this Saturday at Tri-Valley to stay mathematically alive for the D championship game.
Keying the Millbrook victory were junior quarterback Quinn Shaw and the Blazers’ ability to take advantage of Manor miscues.
After Manor went four-and-out on its opening possession, Shaw drove the Millbrook offense down the field. He then scored on a five-yard bootleg run for a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
The Millbrook defense then recovered a fumble on the ninth play of a Manor drive deep into Blazer territory. From its own 26, Millbrook drove down the field and capitalized when Shaw hit Anthony Cillis on a 20-yard touchdown toss on the first play of the second quarter for a 13-0 lead.
After the Wildcats punted on their subsequent drive, a 40-yard reverse by Perry Owens put the ball at the Manor 9. Two plays later, tailback Trevor Shaw plunged into the end zone to give the Blazers a 19-0 lead.
Millbrook pounced on another Wildcat fumble at the Manor 32 just over a minute later. A Quinn Shaw seven-yard run and subsequent two-point pass to Owens gave Millbrook a 27-0 lead at the half.
A Shaw to Owens nine-yard touchdown toss midway through the third quarter completed the Millbrook scoring.
Manor finally got on the board early in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Ryan Carlson ran around a few defenders and into the end zone on a 32-yard rollout play.
Carlson’s two-point conversion pass intended for James Marshall was knocked away by a Millbrook defender.
“It was a disaster,” a very frustrated Manor coach Scott Branning said of the game. “We weren’t prepared and short-handed again. I haven’t had my entire football team one week this year.”
Branning noted that injury and academic problems forced two of his starters to miss the game. (Several injuries have plagued the team throughout the season, even forcing the Wildcats to forfeit a game three weeks ago.)
But the veteran coach found one positive in the loss — the fact that his team played tough despite trailing the whole game.
“A couple of times there we were trying to get back into it, but they wouldn’t let us,” Branning said. “Our guys kept plugging away, though.”
Carlson carried the ball 14 times for 138 yards, while fullback Scott Denman had 13 rushes for 51 yards.
“Quinn (Shaw) is a heck of a quarterback and Trevor (Shaw) and Perry (Owens) had nice games today,” Millbrook coach Denny Riva said. “The offensive line played well and our defense was excellent.”
Trevor Shaw rushed 12 times for 84 yards for the Blazers.

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