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Tailgating Dobbs Ferry Fans Feast on Victories

KINGSTON, N.Y. – Dobby Ferry football mom Rita Kennedy and cheerleader mom Arlene Riley pulled dozens of fragrant food trays out of the backs of their vehicles and spread a pre-game football feast in Kingston's Dietz Stadium parking lot Saturday afternoon, welcoming Eagles fans to the state regional game the boys were about to play.

“We’re out here before the game, and then we'll put the food away to watch the boys, and then uncover it for halftime,” said Riley, whose daughter Kayla is a co-captain of the Eagles cheerleaders. “We’re here to support the team and have some fun. Meet us back here and get some good food.”

While the Eagles were rolling over their Class C state quarterfinal opponent O’Neill in a 47-13 victory, their moms, alumni and family were moving back and forth from the field to the parking area for tailgating.

Riley and Kennedy, who took some personal responsibility for the chicken wings, chicken cutlets and brownies, gave credit for the Eagles tailgating festival to Dobbs Ferry moms Edie Vano Wren and Roseanne Gardner, who organized the feast that is set to continue as the Eagles advance in the state playoffs.

“Roseanne and Edie tell us what to do and we do it,” Riley said. “They got this all together. We’re set to be here next week for the next game and all the way to the championship in Syracuse.”

Kennedy, whose son Jimmy is a linebacker for the Eagles, promised more of the same fare and an added feature for next week’s 11 a.m. game against Hoosick Falls for the regional title and a spot on the Carrier Dome for the state title game Thanksgiving Day weekend.

“We’re doing breakfast next week,” Kennedy said. “French toast, sausage – and then we’ll turn it over and have the lunch at halftime. We’re going all the way.”

Visitors will have no trouble finding the Eagles tailgaters in faraway Kingston next week. Just follow the aroma of French toast and sausage and look for a gathering of blue-and-white Eagles laughing and talking football.

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