By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Slate Hill – Newburgh quarterback Terry Anderson and wide receiver Uh’Charion Hanson spent dozens of hours over the summer practicing routes at Academy Field.
Let’s just say the pair have developed quite a connection and it was on display on Friday night. Anderson, a junior, hit Hanson for three touchdown scores in Newburgh’s 28-14 non-league win over Minisink Valley (0-2).
Newburgh’s defense had five interceptions, including two by Taylor Santiago, and a fumble recovery. Jadon Munroe rushed for 125 yards and a 7-yard touchdown run for the three-time defending Section 9 Class AA champions, which opened last season with a 21-20 loss to Minisink Valley.
“We ran every route you can think of this summer,” Anderson said. “Five and outs, digs, go routes, everything. We just grinded out there. It’s wonderful to see it pay off like this. It’s a relief because we have both worked so hard and we got the results.”
Newburgh opened the scoring when Anderson hit Hanson for a 35-yard score 17 seconds into the second quarter. Munroe’s touchdown run put the Goldbacks up 14-0, but Minisink Valley pulled to within 14-6 on a 3-yard run by quarterback Ray Razukiewicz with 29.5 seconds left in the first half. Just 17 seconds later, Anderson hit Hanson on a screen pass, which he turned into a 66-yard touchdown, slicing through Minisink Valley’s defense.
The Anderson to Hanson highlight reel concluded when they connected on a 72-yard touchdown to put the Goldbacks up 28-14 and seal the game with 6:28 remaining.
“We needed a big play and they called my number,” said Hanson, who had 173 receiving yards. “I made it happen. I think the screen was my favorite touchdown. When I had Jaden Munroe blocking, I knew I was going to score. I was like I got it.”
Minisink Valley coach Kevin Gallagher had this to say about the Anderson-Hanson Show.
“They are good and they break them,” he said. “We gave them too many opportunities. You can’t turn the ball over that many times and beat a really good team. If you give guys with that speed that many opportunities, they are eventually going to break one.”
Newburgh’s win sets up a Class AA Division I showdown with Pine Bush (2-0) next week. The Bushmen put up 503 rushing yards in a 41-22 win over Valley Central on Friday, scoring the last 20 points of the game.
“You know they got people and I know they got people,” Newburgh coach Bill Bianco said. “They are a pretty tough team and we know this isn’t going to be a walk through. We know we are in for a good game.”