By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Middletown — Torrential rain at Faller Field early in the second quarter delayed Friday night’s Section 9 Class A championship game by more than 30 minutes.
The downpour sent both teams, Cornwall and New Paltz, scurrying for the locker room. Maybe Mother Nature could delay the inevitable, but she certainly couldn’t stop it.
Cornwall rolled to its eighth straight Class A title with a 23-0 win over sixth-seeded New Paltz (5-5). Running back Amin Woods scored on runs of 46 and 81 yards for Cornwall, which led 17-0 at halftime. He finished with 257 rushing yards.
The Green Dragons (9-0) have now won 56 straight games against Section 9 Class A opponents dating back to September of 2011. Only six Cornwall wins during the 56-game winning streak have been decided by 14 points or less. Cornwall has defeated opponents by a combined score of 2,491-447 during the impressive run and put up 19 shutouts.
Cornwall outscored league opponents 234-55 this year. The Green Dragons move on to play John Jay-Cross River in the Class A state playoff quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Mahopac High School.
Woods’ 46-yard touchdown run with 3:36 remaining in the first quarter gave top-seeded Cornwall a 7-0 lead. A 27-yard field goal by Chris Dimedio in the driving rain made it 10-0 Cornwall four minutes into the second quarter. The rain continued and both teams and fans were asked to evacuate the stadium due to the downpour and a threat of thunder and lightning.
Many fans retreated to their cars and left for the evening, while Cornwall and New Paltz huddled in their locker rooms. After the delay, play resumed and Cornwall freshman quarterback Aidan Semo promptly hit Alex Suarez for a 31-yard touchdown.
Upstart New Paltz was trying off to pull off one of the biggest upsets in Section 9 history. The Huguenots, a Class B school last year, defeated third-seeded Warwick 21-6 in the Class A quarterfinals and Goshen, the second seed, 17-13 in the semifinals last week.
However, with the championship on the line on Friday, it was Cornwall’s night once again.
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