J-Rod’s Week 11 Section 9 Power Rankings

  1. Cornwall (9-0): My only concern with Cornwall is that its schedule, aside from Newburgh, didn’t challenge the Green Dragons at all. They face a battle tested Yorktown team in the quarterfinals. As in the past, Cornwall has to step its game up a notch.
  2. Newburgh (8-2): Once again, the Goldbacks are playing their best ball when it matters most, outscoring three opponents 117-26 in the Section 9 playoffs.
  3. Marlboro (9-0): This recognition is long overdue: Do-it-all running back Eric Borchert has once again showed off his selflessness and toughness this season.
  4. Pine Bush (7-3): Returns some heavy hitters next year, including quarterback Haakon Meland and running back Xavier Martinez, but the question remains: Can the Bushmen get past Class AA’s Big Two, Newburgh and Monroe-Woodbury.
  5. Monroe-Woodbury (7-2): Congrats to longtime M-W football supporter Tony Cardone on his election as Town of Monroe Supervisor.
  6. New Paltz (8-2): This segment of the rankings brought to you by Kleenex. Touching scene after Class B championship with coach Tom Tegeler consoling quarterback Jimmy Verney. Hold your head up high, Jimmy. Everyone appreciates your electrifying play over the last two years.
  7. Warwick (7-2): WR Connor Perez makes the Section 9 Football Insider all-hands tea, finishing the year with 45 catches for 845 yards and 11 touchdowns.
  8. Burke Catholic (8-1): Could be Section 9’s best shot at run to the state championship and we have five solid teams in the mix.
  9. Minisink Valley (3-6): Quarterback Ryan Johnason’s education this year should definitely benefit him as a senior next fall.
  10. Port Jervis (6-4): RB/FB Mike Piscitelli guaranteed a win over Cornwall last week on my radio show, Inside The Lines on wallradio.com. Some people thought it was over the top, but I give Piscitelli credit for trying to give the Raiders some confidence.