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Cornwall and Marlboro Move to 6-0




Cornwall recorded itsthirdshutout in six games beating Monticello 58-0


Senior TJ Gayle carried the ball 14 times for 175 yards and scored 5 touchdowns to lead the Cornwall Dragons to their 6th straight win.  Senior quarterback Kieran Kreider completed 7 of 8 passes for 123 yards including 6 catches by Shane O’Dea for 70 yards and a touchdown.  Kreider also connected with Ian Engenito for a score and Zach Bauer rushed for the other Dragon score.


Cornwall faces Port Jervis (4-2) at Port Jervis.  A win by Cornwall will give them the one seed in Class A and a week 1 playoff buy.  Cornwall is averaging over 48 points per game and its defense less than 10 per game.




Marlboro Coach Ward has been telling his players from week 1, one game at a time.  Even with the week 7 Marlboro – New Paltz hype, the Dukes of Marlboro didn’t let down and continued their Class B dominance with a 56-6 victory over Red Hook.


Marlboro used three quarterbacks throughout the game and got ahead to stay midway through the first quarter on a 32 yard scoring run by sophomore quarterback Christian Diorio.  Junior quarterback Sam Mongelli added a 6 yard touchdown run to put Marlboro ahead by 14.  Not to be outdone, junior Mahammad Banks took a Red Hook punt 52 yards for another Marlboro score and caught a 37 yard touchdown pass from Mongelli just before the half to give Marlboro a 28-0 halftime lead.


Early in the third quarter senior Phil Desantis took a Mongelli handoff and went 5 yards for this 19th touchdown of the year.  Mongelli put the Dukes up 42-0 on a 35 yard touchdown burst.  The show was not over as Diorio connected with senior John Perugino on a 56 yard pass to put the Dukes up 49-0.  Senior Matt Desantis took advantage of his opportunity as he scored from 22 yards out for the final Dukes score.


Phil Desantis was the leading rusher with 175 yards on 14 carries.  Mongelli had 8 carries for 100 yards and was 4-7 passing and 80 yards.  Diorio completed 4 of 4 passes for 101 yards and added 50 yards on the ground on three carries.  Perugino had 3 receptions for 88 yards.  Marlboro’s offense totaled 582 yards for the day.


Marlboro defense held Red Hook scoreless till only minutes remained in the fourth quarter.   Senior Billy Williamson led the defense with 3 sacks and 5 tackles, junior Myles Barrington 9 tacklesand sophomore Dylan Tynek added 7.


Marlboro 6-0 faces New Paltz 6-0 on October 13 at New Paltz for the Class B Title and the first seed for Section 9 playoffs



With all the talent, athletes and speed when many talk about Monroe Woodbury and Newburgh, it was kicking game that may have decided this contest.  Monroe Woodbury’s Mike Boyle kicked field goals of 33, 26 and 27 yards and executed two successful onside kicks which resulted in a touchdown and a field goal.


Monroe Woodbury took a 6-0 lead on a Steven Campione to Kenny Hernandez 51 yard touchdown pass.  Campione’s short touchdown plunge and Boyle’s first field goal gave Monroe Woodbury a 15-0 lead. 


The NFA Goldbacks were not giving up easily as Terry Anderson connected with Uh’Charion Hanson on a 63 yard scoring strike and Sincere Tatum ran one in form 26 yards out to head into halftime by a score of 15-12.  Two bad snaps on extra points cost NFA points.


Boyle added two second half field goals and Newburgh’s Pete Matthew kicked a 43 yarder for Newburgh.  Monroe’s final score came on Campiones 20 yard pass to Johnny McCormick midway through the fourth quarter.  Monroe Woodbury purposely gave up a safety late in the game to preserve the win.


Newburgh (4-2) faces Middletown (3-3) on October 13 at Middletown.




Chester moved to 5-1 and clinched a Section 9 playoff birthwith a 22-0 shutout victory over Tri Valley.


Josh Delgado caught a 16 yard touchdown form quarterback Joe Battiato and added a two yard touchdown run for Chester.  Delgado carried the pigskin 9 times for 56 yards.  Battiato completed 13 of 29 passes for 171 yards including a touchdown pass to Hazenkich Frazier for 21 yards.


Chester dedicated its win in Memory of Danny Mulvey who recently passed away.


Chester faces Burke Catholic next for the Class C II Title and a first round Section 9 playoff birth.






I will repeat what I said last week … NFA will win this one if they stay away from mistakes.  Even with a couple mistakes Newburgh could win this one.  Last week’s two botched snaps on extra points and allowing Monroe Woodbury to cover two onside kicks and the Cornwall game where they fumbled inside the two and walked away from a dropped screen pass which Cornwall recovered will not get them a Section 9 Championship.  Despite losing to Cornwall and Monroe Woodbury, Newburgh has too much talent and could win another Section 9 Title if they cut down on mistakes.  Don’t sleep on NFA, Coach Bianco and staff will have them hungry come playoff time.  Hopefully Terry Anderson’s late game injury was minor.




It’s only when Burke is good does the debate arise.  Why are they allowed to play for Section 9 Titles and New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships and why Class C?  That debate is for another time.  Burke is good and will beat Chester this week.  Since their week one 33-14 loss to Class B New Paltz, Burke has pretty much rolled through the Class C teams, including a 51-6 thrashing last week over Roscoe.  Burke has two studs in quarterback Hoovler and running back Ross who alone will be enough to earn them victory.




Washingtonville’s Brandon Politiza and Vincent Martello starting to heat up for the Wizards.  Minisink played Warwick tough only losing by a field goal.  Washingtonville by a touchdown.




I repeat, crown Cornwall the Section 9 Class A champion. 




Both teams come into this game 6-0.  Some sportswriters are calling this game “The Clash of the Titans” or “McGregor vs. Mayweather.”  Whatever their calling it, it could be a good one!  Marlboro has put up 301 points and over 3100 yards of offense to date.  New Paltz’s offense has not lacked any scoring either and has put up 230 points and 2500 yards.  Marlboro has too many offensive weapons and tough to key on anyone in particular.  The key to this one will be Marlboro only has two players who play both sides of the ball and New Paltz plays a lot of players both ways.  Marlboro will wear them out by the third quarter, putting Marlboro as a 14 point favorite.  Marlboro plays the Mayweather role, it will look close early on, but by the end it’s all Mayweather (Marlboro).









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