Meet the team: 2018 Section 9 Football Insider Defensive All-Stars

First-team

Defensive line

  • Name: Josh Williams
    • School: Newburgh
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-2, 220
    • First-team credentials: Williams was effective against the pass and the run, often taking on two blockers. He had 57 tackles and four sacks.
Josh Williams
  • Name: Robert Jackson
    • School: Pine Bush
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-3, 205
    • First-team credentials: A transfer, Jackson was the standout on Pine Bush’s defense, making 94 tackles with 10 sacks. Albany, Rutgers, Temple and Army are interested in Jackson.
Robert Jackson
  • Name: Anton Juncaj
    • School: Minisink Valley
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-4, 240
    • First-team credentials: Juncaj followed his breakout junior season with another dominant year. Depsite being double and triple teamed, he still had 85 tackles and 11 sacks.
Anton Juncaj. Photo credit: Michelle Fenner
  • Name: Teige Napoli
    • School: Marlboro
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 5-11, 185
    • First-team credentials: Few teams dared to run on Napoli’s side of the line. He still put up 70 tackles with 5.5 sacks. Napoli also had two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Teige Napoli. Photo credit: Pedro Rios

Linebackers

  • Name: Kenny Verney
    • School: New Paltz
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 5-11, 220
    • First-team credentials: A repeat first-teamer, Verney had another dominant year, posting 94 tackles with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three sacks. New Paltz coach Tom Tegeler called Verney “the best player I have ever coached.”
Kenny Verney
  • Name: Tyler Toledo
    • School: Monroe-Woodbury
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-0, 185
    • First-team credentials: A three-years starter, Toledo had 103 tackles, including 12 for a loss. He was also a first-team selection last year.
Tyler Toledo. Photo credit: William Dimmit
  • Name: Steve Gazzillo
    • School: Cornwall
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 5-11, 170
    • First-team credentials: Has led Cornwall in tackles in each of the last three seasons. Gazzillo put up 121 stops this year and scored the game-winning touchdown, a 1-yard run, in the Class A state championship.
Steve Gazzillo

Defensive backs

  • Name: Terry Anderson
    • School: Newburgh
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 5-9, 180
    • First-team credentials: Anderson was a playmaker on both sides of the ball. He had 25 tackles, three interceptions and two defensive scores. He also rushed for 784 yards and nine touchdowns.
Terry Anderson
  • Name: Jack Young
    • School: Marlboro
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-2, 205
    • First-team credentials: Had six interceptions, four pass deflections and two defensive touchdowns for the Class B champions.
Jack Young. Photo credit: Pedro Rios
  • Name: Alex Suarez
    • School: Cornwall
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 5-11, 153
    • First-team credentials: The two-way standout covered opponents’ best wide receiver every game and shut them down. He had 38 tackles, nine pass deflections and two interceptions.
Alex Suarez
  • Name: Derek Schrag
    • School: Cornwall
    • Year: Junior
    • Height/weight: 6-0, 170
    • First-team credentials: One of Section 9’s breakout stars this year, Schrag had 47 tackles with four interceptions. He also caught 26 passes for 528 yards with six touchdowns.
Derek Schrag

Kicker/punter

  • Name: Chris DiMedio
    • School: Cornwall
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-0, 172
    • First-team credentials: DiMedio converted 5-of-7 field goals this year and his punting skills helped Cornwall dominate field position.
Chris DiMedio. Photo credit: Lynn Fern

Athlete

  • Name: Shane O’Dea
    • School: Cornwall
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-2,185
    • First-team credentials: The linebacker had 95 tackles and 3.5 sacks. O’Dea also made a play that may never be forgotten in Cornwall, blocking an extra point in a 21-20 win over Burnt Hills in the Class A state semifinals.
Shane O’Dea

Second-team

  • DL: Jr. Dylan Teneyck, Marlboro: Two year-starter had 57 tackles with three sacks.
  • DL: Sr. Jordan Weaver, Goshen: Weaver made plays on both sides of the ball, but exceled on defense. He had 60 tackles, 11 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss for the Gladiators.
  • DL: Sr. Blaise Driscoll, New Paltz: High-energy player had 54 tackles with seven sacks for the Class A runner-ups.
  • DL: Sr. Jonas Ebner, O’Neill: Had a monster year with 104 tackles and 11 sacks for the Class B runner-ups.
  • LB: Sr. Myles Barrington, Marlboro: Barrington had 120 tackles and 215 over the last two seasons.
  • LB: Sr. Will Van Poppel, O’Neill: A fierce run stopper, Van Poppel made 103 tackles this season.
  • LB: Sr. Ryan O’Dea, Cornwall: O’Dea was Cornwall’s best tackler in space and was also strong in coverage. He had 77 tackles with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
  • DB: Jr. Gio Frisenda, Marlboro: Was active on defense, making 44 tackles with three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown.
  • DB: Jr. Chris Washington, Middletown: The ball hawk made 40 tackles and had five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
  • DB: Jr. Ryan Hendricks, Washingtonville: A three-year starter, Hendricks had 14 tackles with four sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. He also caught 34 passes for 682 yards with nine touchdowns.
  • DB: Sr. James Matautia, O’Neill: Rushed for 928 yards with 11 touchdowns, but was also lethal on defense, registering 42 hard hits.
  • K/P: Sr. Mike Boyle, Monroe-Woodbury: Converted 4-of-5 field goals with a long of 42 yards and had 21 touchbacks.
  • Ath: Jr. Christian Diorio, Marlboro: Diorio made a name for himself at quarterback by amassing 1,013 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns, but he was also a shutdown defensive back. He made 44 tackles with eight pass deflections and three interceptions.

Honorable mention:

Sr. DL Anthony Lomoriello, Cornwall; Sr. DL Matt Jennison, Marlboro; Jr. DL Jack Robinson, Cornwall; Sr. LB Dom Valeri, Newburgh; Sr. Sr. LB Jack Cassel, Goshen; Sr. LB Tyshawn Moody, Middletown; Soph. LB Nate Pena, Burke Catholic; Sr. LB Monte Walker, Marlboro; Sr. LB Kevin O’Brien, Minisink Valley; Sr. DB Louie Usera, Burke Catholic; Sr. DB Eric Borchert, Marlboro; Sr. DB Kam King, Newburgh; Sr. DB Brandon Bruetsch, Minisink Valley; Sr. Ath Frank Wise, Pine Bush; Sr. K/P Andrew Bagley, O’Neill; Sr. K/P Aidan Hooper, Washingtonville.