By Sean Lynch
Section 9 Insider Staff
CORNWALL — No one in the history of the Cornwall football team ever hang-cleaned more than 280 pounds — until junior running back Amin Woods did it in May.
Woods kept working on his hang-clean, months after he had broke the Cornwall record. Two months later, he added two 10 pound plates to the bar, attempting a 300 pound hang-clean.
His teammates surrounded him, some had their phones out video-recording the incredible feat. Others motivated Woods before he picked up the bar.
His teammates swarmed him as he cleaned 300 pounds. They chanted his name as if he’d scored the most important touchdown of the season.
The video went viral within the Section 9 football community garnering over 1,500 views on the Cornwall football twitter account.
If you didn’t know who Amin Woods was before the video, you sure do now.
The hard work in the off-season paid off for Woods, who has 1,131 rushing yards for the eight-time defending Section 9 Class A champs.
“I worked on everything in the off-season to be the best I can be,” Woods said. “I worked on my speed and my strength, but one of the most important things I worked on was my mindset.”
Woods’ mindset is simple: Always wanting more and becoming the best he can possibly be.
“I want to be an asset that my team can use whenever they need,” he said. “My goal coming into the season is to win — and going into the playoffs this week, that’s still my goal. To win.”
Woods has made true to his preseason goal, as the Dragons are the only Section 9 team who have yet to lose a game (9-0). Their schedule hasn’t been easy, defeating Pine Bush, Monroe-Woodbury, Marlboro and Minisink Valley twice.
Woods has been friends with first-year starting quarterback Aidan Semo since Semo moved to Cornwall five years ago.
Having Woods by his side has been helpful for Semo, a freshman, who was adjusting to his role as a starter during the off-season.
“It’s so much easier adapting to first team reps when you’re playing with someone who you’ve known for a couple years,” Semo said. “He’s as humble as they come, but don’t mistake that for a weakness.”
Semo added that if you’re in Woods’ way, you won’t be there for long.
“He just has that winners mentality,” he said. “Whatever he competes in, he wants to beat you and he’ll work his tail off to beat you.”