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McQuaid won first Section V title in 41 years. What's next for the Knights?

Rich Donnelly
Updated: November 29, 2019 11:34 PM
Created: November 29, 2019 06:05 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It's Thanksgiving week, the leaves are off the trees and McQuaid is hard at work on the practice field.

"It's definitely something special. As you can tell, nobody else around here is practicing, so to be the only team practicing in Rochester is very cool. We watched the seasons change this year," junior quarterback Joe Cairns said.

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From preseason workouts in the summer, through fall, and now on the doorstep of winter, the Knights have put together a special year.

They knew it during a week three game against Hilton.

"Most of the starters got pulled by halftime," senior running back Andrew Passero said. "We were on the sidelines in the second half, and I remember saying to one of the coaches, 'This team is special and we're going to go far.'"

McQuaid has had many special teams throughout the years. Some of the banners in the gym are full of championship years, but the football banner is lonely. They added their second sectional title this year. Now, it's time to put football in the ‘states’ category.

"I walk through that gym every day. It's my classroom, and you get there early in the morning and look at that banner every day. To be here on Thanksgiving week with this group of kids, there's a lot to be thankful for," head coach Bobby Bates said.

Even though they've gone further than any McQuaid football team in school history, they don't want to let their minds wander too far.

"Everyone wants to think about how amazing this win would be," senior lineman Quinn Bergeron said, "But you have to think of this as another step and progression in your season, another thing you have to go and conquer."

McQuaid will play New Rochelle for the Class AA State Championship in the Carrier Dome at 8 p.m. on Saturday.


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