NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Despite missing their beloved head coach, it’s a win in the state football playoffs for New Rochelle.

The varsity team celebrated their 21-7 win over Utica-Proctor in the Class AA playoffs Saturday night.

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The team was without their veteran head coach Lou DiRienzo, who was suspended by the school’s superintendent earlier this week. The decision sparked criticism from players and parents.

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DiRienzo allegedly interfered in a possible disciplinary situation at the high school involving a relative.

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There is no word yet if he will return for next weekend’s semifinals. His team remains undefeated this season.