Big Plays the Difference in Cornwall’s 16-6 win over Marlboro in Week 2
Two big pass plays from freshman quarterback Aidan Semo to Junior Amin Woods was the difference between Marlboro and Cornwall in a tough football battle last Friday in Cornwall. Both defenses held the offenses scoreless in the first quarter which included two Cornwall turnovers. Jack Young intercepted Semo in the first quarter and Gio Frisenda recovered a Woods fumble. A 81 yard Semo to Woods bomb on miss coverage and a 50 yard pass from Semo to Woods and an extra point by Chris Dimedio put Cornwall up 13-0 at the half.
Dimedio put Cornwall up 16-0 with a short field goal in the third. Down 16-0 the Dukes of Marlboro seemed to get things moving as junior Christian Diorio who was limited to one touch through the first two and a half quarters moved to quarterback as the multi-talented Mongelli mixed it up as a runningback and wide receiver. In the fourth quarter, Diorio hooked up with Mongelli for 51 yards and a couple plays later Diorio crashed in from the eight for a touchdown to put the Dukes within 10. Diorio finished with 53 yards rushing on eight attempts and threw for 95 yards on eight attempts in the second half. Mongelli accounted for 248 all-purpose yards (101 passing, 80 receiving, 53 rushing and 14 on returns).
Ameer Williams carried the ball 12 times for 70 yards and Muhammed Banks had three catches for 74 yards for the Dukes.
Aidan Semo finished the day 7-9 and 160 yards and two touchdowns, while Amin Woods added 249 yards (118 rushing and 131 receiving) for Cornwall.
Defensively for Cornwall Shane O’Dea led with 9 tackles while Steven Gazzillo had two sacks and Mike Alfierian interception. Myles Barrington had 11 tackles and a forced fumble and Monti Walker had ten tackles and a sack for the Dukes.
“It was a great effort by our defense today against a good Marlboro team loaded with skilled player athletes. I respect their program, added Cornwall Coach Mike Connelly”.
Marlboro (1-1) travels to Liberty (1-1) and Cornwall (2-0) travels to Saugerties (1-1) on Saturday.