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- Newburgh (4-1): Following River Dell loss, Goldbacks took out their frustrations on Kingston, putting up 72 points on the Tigers. In general, does defense exist in Section 9 anymore?
- Cornwall (5-0): Now has wins over Class AA’s three top teams, Newburgh, Monroe-Woodbury and Pine Bush, over the last two seasons.
- Marlboro (4-1): First-year coach Brian Beck is quickly becoming one of the best quotes in Section 9. Here is one sound byte: “From the beginning of the year, I told our kids if they want to walk around and talk trash, they have to back it up. They want to walk around with that championship belt, they want that trophy, fine by me. As long as you are bringing it home. Because the first time you slip up you are leaving it behind.”
- Monroe-Woodbury (3-2): Have given up an average of 38 points in two losses this season to quality opponents and just nine in three wins.
- Warwick (4-1): Energetic coach Greg Sirico politicked for a state ranking and a bump in the Section 9 Football Insider rankings after the big Minisink Valley win. He was taken care of on this end and rightfully so.
- Minisink Valley (4-1): The Warriors have lost the best WR in Section 9, John Mack, to a broken collarbone for the season. So they now turn to the second best WR in Section 9, Noah Smith, to make a few more plays.
- Pine Bush (3-2): Three straight lights out defensive performances against one-win teams. One win or not, still impressive.
- Goshen (4-1): WR Jack Shannon’s breakout season is turning into a full-fledged bust out year.
- Chester (5-0): The Little Team That Could. Chester’s comeback against Spackenkill last week was one of the highlights of the season.
- Burke Catholic (3-2): Coming off Marlboro loss, tough game against another rival, Chester this weekend.
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