Filling in for his older brother, sophomore QB Anthony Campione throws six TD’s in M-W win

By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider

Campione lit it up again Friday night in Monroe-Woodbury’s 70-0 Section 9 Class AA win over Kingston.

However, it wasn’t Steven making plays for the Crusaders. His brother, Anthony, a sophomore, started in place of his injured older brother, throwing for 240 yards and six touchdowns. Anthony Campione, who completed 17-f-19 passes, connected with Jack Dembia and sophomore Cam Adams for two touchdowns apiece. He also hit Danny Abrams and Alex Jaoshvili for scores.

It was Anthony Campione’s first career start. The other story of the game was Monroe-Woodbury’s defense, which shut down Kingston quarterback Chapman Parker. Parker set Section 9 records by throwing for 552 yards and eight touchdowns in a win over Washingtonville last week.

“It feels good to do my job and get the dub,” said Anthony Campione, who started for Monroe-Woodbury’s jayvee team last year. “I was nervous throughout the day and had a few butterflies before the game. But after the first drive, I found my groove. It was an amazing experience and my brother helped me a lot during the week and in the game.”

Steven Campione, a two-year starter, sat out Friday night with an injury that coach Ryan Baldock would not disclose. It is believed that Campione sustained it during last week’s win at Pine Bush.

“We are just taking precautions. Steven is banged up and we didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks,” Baldock said. “We don’t disclose injury stuff. We are just going to take it day by day. It’s a long season.”

Campione seems questionable for Monroe-Woodbury’s game at Middletown week. However, after Friday night, the Crusaders should be in good hands no matter which Campione gets the call.

“I thought Anthony stepped up real big for us,” Baldock said. “It was a tough spot as a sophomore and there was a lot of pressure on him, but Anthony did a good job. Our offensive line, which is one of our strengths, supported him well. It was a good team effort and I’m happy for Anthony.”

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