48 wins in a row and counting: Cornwall racking up victories against Section 9 Class A opponents

By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Cornwall quarterback Kieran Kreider
Quarterback Kieran Kreider has helped Cornwall to a 7-0 start this season.

As much success as quarterback Mike White has enjoyed at Marist, he still looks back at his days at Cornwall fondly.

White led Cornwall to three Section 9 Class A championships, three Class A state semifinal appearances and set three Section 9 passing records, including most career yards (7,386). There aren’t many blemishes on White’s resume, but in talking about his Cornwall career, he remembers one loss to Wallkill.

“I remember it was rainy and muddy,” White said.

Rival Wallkill defeated host Cornwall 10-7 on that evening. The date was September 23rd, 2011. The significance of that game more than five years ago is that Cornwall hasn’t lost to a Class A opponent since. The Green Dragons have won 48 games in a row against Class A teams and are expected to run that gaudy mark to 50 by winning their seventh consecutive Section 9 title.

Cornwall (7-0), the third-ranked Class A team in the state, plays Roosevelt in the Section 9 playoff semifinals at 7 p.m. on Friday at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.

“It’s something that you are just proud to be a part of,” said White, a 2014 Cornwall graduate. “That kind of streak is a tribute to the success of the Cornwall program. I think everyone, the community, the players, the coaches, have come to expect that from the team.”

Mike White
Marist quarterback Mike White led Cornwall to three consecutive Section 9 Class A titles (2011-13).

Cornwall has defeated opponents by a combined score of 2,156-378 during the 48-game winning streak, winning those games by an average score of 44.9-7.8. During the run, the Green Dragons have put up 16 shutouts and held opponents to a touchdown or less 18 times. Only four Cornwall wins during the 48-game winning streak have been decided by 14 points or less.

Cornwall has 10 wins apiece against Port Jervis and Wallkill, beating Goshen nine times. Here is a breakdown of how Cornwall has outscored opponents:

  • Wallkill (10 wins): 436-126
  • Port Jervis (10): 388-81
  • Goshen (9): 421-69
  • Monticello (7): 328-33
  • Saugerties (5): 238-18
  • Poughkeepsie (3): 155-18
  • New Paltz (2): 96-7
  • Roosevelt (2): 94-26

“Cornwall is a team that we are all chasing,” Port Jervis coach Matt Polanis said. “I explain to the kids that it used to be like that in Port Jervis in the 1970s, 80’s and part of the 90s. Whatever happened, Cornwall is good. They know they are good and are confident. They are on top and right now the rest of the league is the underdog.”

Added Roosevelt coach Brian Bellino: “What Cornwall has done, you have to strive to do that as a program. There’s something special there. I think the key is that football in Cornwall is bigger than the team. They have a great youth program and the community is invested in it. It’s like Marlboro. It is just a tight-knit community.”

Former Cornwall coach Marcus Hughes agreed with Bellino’s assessment. Of course, the Green Dragons have plenty of talent. Hughes also pointed out Cornwall’s deep and dedicated youth program and the support of the community. Hughes coached Cornwall from 1997-2013, going 67-13 and winning six Section 9 Class A titles. He coached at Diamond Bar High School in Southern California for three years and now is the running backs coach at Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, Calif.

“The community makes it work,” Hughes said. “They do a good job and are really invested in the program. The support the team and get their kids to participate in not just football, but a lot of sports. That’s what I miss a lot about Cornwall, the community. I still follow the team and hope they get over the hump and win a state championship.”

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 A look at Cornwall’s 48-game winning streak against Section 9 Class A opponents

  1. Goshen 38-7, October 1, 2011
  2. Saugerties 43-0, October 15, 2011
  3. Port Jervis 37-0, October 21, 2011
  4. Monticello 36-14, October 28, 2011
  5. Wallkill 28-14 (Class A championship), November 4, 2011
  6. Monticello 41-7, September 15, 2012
  7. Saugerties 55-6, September 28, 2012
  8. Wallkill 38-24, October 5, 2012
  9. Port Jervis 42-6, October 12, 2012
  10. Goshen 48-19, October 19, 2012
  11. Goshen 62-0, October 26, 2012
  12. Wallkill 53-0 (Class A championship), November 4, 2012
  13. Monticello 35-0, September 12, 2013
  14. Port Jervis 41-14, September 27, 2013
  15. Roosevelt 40-20, October 4, 2013
  16. Wallkill 42-35, October 11, 2013
  17. Saugerties 49-0, October 19, 2013
  18. Goshen 40-23, October 26, 2013
  19. Port Jervis 41-6, November 1, 2013
  20. Wallkill 48-21 (Class A championship), November 8, 2013
  21. Goshen 63-6, September 26, 2014
  22. Monticello 60-6, October 2, 2014
  23. New Paltz 40-0, October 10, 2014
  24. Poughkeepsie 54-6, October 17, 2014
  25. Wallkill 26-6, October 24, 2014
  26. Port Jervis 47-7, October 31, 2014
  27. Port Jervis 40-0 (Class A championship), November 7, 2014
  28. Monticello 55-0, September 19, 2015
  29. Poughkeepsie 59-6, September 25, 2015
  30. Goshen 35-7, October 3, 2015
  31. Port Jervis 42-13, October 16, 2015
  32. Wallkill 49-6, October 23, 2015
  33. New Paltz 56-7, October 30, 2015
  34. Port Jervis 42-28 (Class A championship), November 6, 2015
  35. Poughkeepsie 42-6, September 16, 2016
  36. Port Jervis 35-0, September 23, 2016
  37. Monticello 43-6, September 30, 2016
  38. Goshen 56-7, October 8, 2016
  39. Wallkill 47-0, October 14, 2016
  40. Saugerties 56-0, October 21, 2016
  41. Wallkill 42-20, October 28, 2016
  42. Goshen 31-0 (Class A championship), November 4, 2016
  43. Goshen 48-0, September 1, 2017
  44. Saugerties 35-12, September 9, 2017
  45. Wallkill 63-0, September 15, 2017
  46. Roosevelt 54-6, September 28, 2017
  47. Monticello 58-0, October 7, 2017
  48. Port Jervis 31-7, October 13, 2017

*Cornwall’s last loss came on September 23, 2011 to Wallkill by the score of 10-7.