J-Rod’s Week 10 Section 9 Power Rankings

  1. Cornwall (8-0): To commemorate its 49th straight win against Section 9 Class A opponents, Cornwall put up 49 points against Roosevelt (49-0) in the Class A semifinals.
  2. Newburgh (72): Crafty offensive coordinator Tim Hendershot, who does a phenomenal job, deserves plenty of credit for preparing the Goldbacks to go from a shotgun to a Wing-T formation – in game! – against Monroe-Woodbury.
  3. Marlboro (8-0): By the way Marlboro talked about John Perugino, you would have thought he was sentenced to three to seven years in the big house for a crime he didn’t commit. But you do have to love how the Iron Dukes rallied around Perugino. He was suspended for one game and returns for New Paltz this week. Expect Perugino to come into that game on fire.
  4. Pine Bush (7-2): The strength of Pine Bush has been, surprise, surprise, its running backs, but Xavier Martinez, Tyrese Gumbs and Tyler Waller coming on at right time.
  5. Monroe-Woodbury (7-2): The Crusaders have now lost four straight playoff games to rival Newburgh and are likely already pining for a 2018 rematch. Another good job by coach Ryan Baldock and his young staff, which includes the man, the myth, the legend: Dave Colabella.
  6. New Paltz (8-1): The Huguenots did a nice job dispatching a Spackenkill team which many thought could, perhaps, take them out. The defending champs must find another gear to take out Marlboro.
  7. Warwick (7-2): The Cats’ had a great season and several players, including running back Harrison Parrelli, deserve a pop. He was an unsung RB in Section 9 and was as tough as they come.
  8. Burke Catholic (7-1): The Eagles have plenty of play makers and one to watch next year is junior Solomon Hemingway, who rushed for a touchdown and caught another one against Pine Plains this weekend.
  9. Minisink Valley (3-6): Minisink Valley and Warwick move to Class A next year which will make the league much more interesting.
  10. Port Jervis (6-3): In 1980, the U.S. men’s hockey team defeated Russia at the Olympics, pulling off the so-called ‘Miracle on Ice.’ The fearless Raiders will look to pull of the ‘Miracle on Turf’ against Cornwall this weekend. Nice “revenge” win by the Raiders over Goshen in the semifinals.