By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Wallkill free safety Anthony Quattrochi had been waiting for this moment for a long time, 688 days to be exact.
That was the last time Wallkill won a game, at least, until a breakout performance on Saturday. The Panthers ended an 11-game losing streak with a 47-0 Section 9 Class A Division II win at Monticello.
Wallkill (1-1, 1-0 Class A) had last savored a victory on October 21, 2016 when the Panthers defeated Port Jervis 30-24. Wallkill went 0-9 last year.
“It feels amazing to win, to catch a victory for the first time in almost two years,” said Quattrochi, who returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown. “This is what we needed and I don’t think we are going to slow down. We are more of a family this year and have more chemistry. We are going to take this win and enjoy it. It will motivate us.”
Added quarterback Ryan Strobach: “This feels great because it shows all of our hard work is finally paying off. It’s been pretty hard for the team and for people at Wallkill because they are used to success. People expect us to win and we are hyped that we finally ended the streak.”
Running back Jake Miller’s two touchdowns gave Wallkill an early lead and Strobach added touchdown passes to Dillon Tucker and Anthony Nelson. Devin Martucci recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown for the Panthers and Tommy Norton scored on a 9-yard run.
The streak buster win marked coach Brian Vegliando’s first in his return to Wallkill. Vegliando resigned as Wallkill’s head coach in December of 2013 after leading the Panthers to the Class A championship game in all five of his seasons. He went 36-15 at Wallkill during that time, winning the Section 9 Class A title in 2010.
Vegliando returned to the helm in December of last year.
“It’s hard to get that first win, to get over the hump, so this win feels good,” Vegliando said. “It was a great team victory and everyone contributed. It feels good that all of the hard work that we are putting in is paying off. It’s a coaching cliché, but one of the rules of coaching is to take 24 hours to enjoy what you did and move on to the next game. We will appreciate this and on Monday start concentrating on our next game against New Paltz.”