Marlboro grad Beck honored to take over successful program he grew up in

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Brian Beck’s connection to Marlboro football dates back to when he proudly roamed the sideline as a water boy when he was five-years-old. He went on to star at quarterback for the Iron Dukes and joined Marlboro’s coaching staff fresh out of Marist College in 2006. He’s been …
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Marlboro football coach Rich Ward fired after going gaudy 74-13 in eight seasons

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Rich Ward’s eight-year successful run as Marlboro’s football coach came to a stunning end on Monday. Ward told Section 9 Insider that Marlboro superintendent Michael Brooks has informed him that he would not be recommended for the position for the 2018 season due to a heated text message …
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State Sportswriters announce Class A all-state team

CLASS A Co-Players of the Year Dylan Laube (RB, Westhampton-11, Sr., 5-11, 185) and Matt Myers (QB, West Seneca West-6, Sr., 6-4, 220)     First Team Offense QB…. Matt Valecce…………… Fordham Prep-CHS………….. Sr…… 6-5…… 205 RB…. Cory Gross………………. Brockport-5…………………….. Sr…… 6-1…… 205 RB…. Jake Stanko……………… Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake-2.. Sr…… 6-1…… 170 RB…. Trevor Yeboah-Kodie… …
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NFA represented well on Class AA all-state team

CLASS AA Co-Players of the Year Jeremy Ruckert (OE/DL/PK, Lindenhurst-11, Sr., 6-6, 230) and Joey Ward (RB/DB, Troy-2, Sr., 5-9, 195)     First Team Offense QB…. Tommy Heuer………. Oceanside-8……………………….. Sr…… 6-1…… 186 RB…. Jared Baron………….. New Rochelle-1………………….. Sr…… 5-8…… 206 RB…. Ty Son Lawton……… Curtis-PSAL………………………… Sr…… 5-10…. 200 OE…. Amad Anderson……. Curtis-PSAL………………………… Sr…… 6-1…… …
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Mongelli, Verney lead contingent of six Section 9 players on Class B all-state second-team

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Quarterbacks Sam Mongelli of Marlboro and New Paltz’s Jimmy Verney are rivals, but they enjoy a mutual respect for each other. They also share a spot on the New York State Sportswriters Association Class B all-state second-team. Mongelli and Verney led a group of six Section 9 Class …
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Close friends Manfredi and Jackson make Class D all-state second team

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider The bond between Millbrook’s Erik Manfredi and Drew Jackson began when they started playing modified together and it grew over the years, culminating this season with another state playoff run. Manfredi and Jackson, both seniors, were the leaders of a young Millbrook team which reached the Class D …
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Burke Catholic stars Ross and Przybocki named Class C first-team all-state

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Burke Catholic running back David Ross felt underrated by some of his peers in Section 9 early this season. However, it didn’t take long for Ross to make a name for himself, and everyone has much respect for him now. Ross was named a Section 9 Football Insider …
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Brian Vegliando returns as head coach of Wallkill

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider It was a difficult decision, but four years ago Brian Vegliando stepped down as Wallkill’s football coach. Returning to a program which he cares deeply about wasn’t hard at all. Vegliando is excited to be back as Wallkill’s football coach and hopes to make the Panthers a contender …
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Spackenkill’s Bennermon eager to sign National Letter of Intent to play at B.C.

Star defensive end will sign on Wednesday at the school’s library By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Kyiev Bennermon verbally committed to play at Boston College back in March, but he will officially be signed and sealed to play at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) school on Wednesday when he puts his autograph on …
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2017 Section 9 Football Coach of the Year

Cavanagh’s dedication helps spark turnaround at Ellenville this season By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Ellenville coach Dan Cavanagh admits second-guessing himself as he tried rebuilding the program. However, Cavanagh believed in the process, even if it was painstaking, draining and sometimes demoralizing. The Blue Devils went 1-8 in each of Cavanagh’s first three …
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2017 Section 9 Football Insider Defensive All-Stars

First-team Defensive line Name: Kyiev Bennermon School: Spackenkill Year: Senior Height/weight: 6-5, 290 First-team credentials: Most teams tried running away from the Boston College-bound Bennermon, but he still finished the season with 79 tackles, including 11 for a loss, and four sacks. Bennermon’s killer blend of size and athleticism is what made him so dominant. Name: Anton Juncaj  …
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2017 Section 9 Football Insider Offensive All-Stars

First-team Quarterback   Name: Jimmy Verney School: New Paltz Year: Senior Height/weight: 5-10, 160 First-team credentials: Passed and ran for 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season. Verney threw for 1,150 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed for 1,518 yards and 13 scores. Verney had 5,277 all-purpose yards and 53 touchdowns the …
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2017 Section 9 Football Player of the Year

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Newburgh’s Uh’Charion Hanson returned the opening kickoff of the season against Kingston for a touchdown and no team dared to kick to him again for the rest of the year. When opponents saw Hanson prowling in the secondary, they didn’t even think about throwing the ball near him. …
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S9 Insider All Star Team – Coming This Week!

After a great season, we’re ready to pick our all star team! We’ll be announcing: Player of the Year – December 6th Offensive Team – December 7th Defensive Team – December 8th Coach of the Year – December 9th   Follow Justin Rodriquez on Twitter at @JRODSPORTSHS

Section 9 Football Coaches Association announce All-League and All-Section teams

Section 9’s football coaches met earlier this week to select its annual All-Section and All-League All-Star teams. The Section 9 Football Insider all-star teams will be announced next week. Two teams will be selected on offense and defense, and Player of the Year and Coach of the Year will be picked. All-League: Class AA Newburgh …
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Newburgh almost pulls off upset, but falls to Troy late in Class AA state semifinals

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Middletown — Running back Jadon Munroe’s impressive career had just ended and now he implored Newburgh’s underclassman to make the graduating seniors proud next year. The Goldbacks’ Saturday night wasn’t supposed to end like this. Newburgh seemed primed to upset Troy in the Class AA state semifinals at …
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Holy Trinity uses fourth quarter comeback to edge Burke Catholic in Class C state semifinals

Eagles lose heartbreaker in final four for second year in a row By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Middletown — It’s a trick play that you might draw up with your Uncle Larry at your Thanksgiving Day football game next week. However, on Saturday, it helped Holy Trinity of Troy hold off Burke Catholic …
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Week 12 Scores

ORMC SCOREBOARD State Semifinal Games Coaches: Report your game scores to the Section 9 Football Insider: Friday 11/17/17   Saturday 11/18/17 Game Score   Game Score Millbrook 8   Burke Catholic 23 Cambridge 56   Holy Trinity 28         Troy 20       Newburgh 13  

Burke Catholic eager for shot at redemption in Class C state semifinals

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Some fans may have questioned Burke Catholic’s ability to make another deep run into the playoffs after graduating 12 players from last year’s Class C state semifinal team. However, the Eagles never doubted themselves. “That was our goal from the start, from the first time I stepped on …
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Week 12 Picks

J-Rod’s State Semifinal Picks (all games at Faller Field in Middletown) Friday Class D Millbrook vs. Cambridge, 4 p.m.: Cambridge is the defending state champion and top-ranked team in the state, but guess what? Millbrook won’t be intimidated or back down. I love the way the young Blazers have developed this year, but the champs …
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