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



  • Name: Aidan Semo
    • School: Cornwall
    • Year: Freshman
    • Height/weight: 6-3, 175
    • First-team credentials: Semo lived up to the advanced billing, throwing for 2,230 yards with 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions, helping Cornwall to the Class A championship. He is only 15, but has the composure of a senior.
Aidan Semo

Running backs

  • Name: Amin Woods (Player of the Year)
    • School: Cornwall
    • Year: Junior
    • Height/weight: 5-11, 220
    • First-team credentials: Woods set a school-record with 1,798 rushing yards, including 1,079 in the postseason. He rushed for 17 touchdowns and helped Cornwall win the Class A state championship.
Amin Woods
  • Name: Giani Hill
    • School: Newburgh
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 5-10, 205
    • First-team credentials: Hill had a nose for the end zone, scoring 17 rushing touchdowns with 768 yards. He also made 65 tackles as a linebacker.
Giani Hill
  • Name: Ameer Williams
    • School: Marlboro
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 5-8, 190
    • First-team credentials: After missing last season with a knee injury, Williams came back to put up 1,371 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.
Ameer Williams. Photo credit: Pedro Rios

Wide receiver

  • Name: Sean Costello
    • School: Saugerties
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 5-8, 165
    • First-team credentials: Costello set a Section 9 record with 1,336 receiving yards this season and had 12 touchdowns.
Sean Costello
  • Name: Lou Francese
    • School: Cornwall
    • Year: Junior
    • Height/weight: 6-0, 170
    • First-team credentials: Cornwall spread the ball around, but Francese still managed to catch 40 passes for 510 yards with seven touchdowns. He caught three postseason touchdowns, including one in the state championship game.
Lou Francese. Photo credit: Lynn Fern

Offensive line

  • Name: John Braunagel
    • School: Monroe-Woodbury
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-3, 230
    • First-team credentials: Was consistent all year and especially reliable in pass protection. Braunagel was a second-team selection last year.
John Braunagel. Photo credit: William Dimmit
  • Name: Jayden Prina
    • School: Monroe-Woodbury
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-0, 215
    • First-team credentials: A first-teamer last season, Prina routinely blew defenders off the ball. He should his versatility by playing linebacker in the Section 9 Class AA championship against Newburgh and making 10 tackles.
Jayden Prina. Photo credit: William Dimmit
  • Name: Nic Esposito
    • School: Marlboro
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-1, 240
    • First-team credentials: Named Class B Lineman of the Year by the Section 9 coaches, Esposito helped the Iron Dukes rush for almost 3,500 yards.
  • Name: Will Leonard
    • School: Cornwall
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 5-11, 230
    • First-team credentials: A two-way lineman, Leonard shined up front for the Green Dragons, using his intelligence and quick footwork.
Will Leonard. Photo credit: Lynn Fern
  • Name: Matt Jackson
    • School: Marlboro
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-1, 225
    • First-team credentials: A vocal leader, Jackson was part of an offensive line which allowed only seven sacks all year.
Matt Jackson


  • Name: Sam Mongelli
    • School: Marlboro
    • Year: Senior
    • Height/weight: 6-1, 180
    • First-team credentials: Mongelli was one of Section 9’s top quarterbacks, but was versatile enough to line up at running back or wide receiver. He also handled kicks and punts for the Iron Dukes. Mongelli, who had 1,832 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns, will play baseball at Division I Sacred Heart University next year.
Marlboro - BQuarterback Sam Mongelli
Sam Mongelli. Photo credit Joe Tompkins


  • QB: Jr. Matt Giordano, Goshen: “Matty Ice” had a breakout year for the Gladiators, throwing for 2,518 yards and 27 touchdowns. He helped Goshen to its first divisional title since 1994.
  • RB: Sr. Mike Sannino, Chester: Rushed for 1,268 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Class C champs and scored 21 total touchdowns.
  • RB: Sr. Solomon Hemingway, Burke Catholic: Followed up his breakout junior season by rushing for 961 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also played linebacker for the Eagles.
  • RB: Sr. Nasir Steward-Milligan, Spackenkill: Rushed for 1,390 yards with 13 touchdowns and finished with more than 2,000 yards for his career.
  • WR: Jr. John Mack, Minisink Valley: Was Section 9’s best receiver until he went down with a season-ending collarbone injury. Mack still had 483 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.
  • WR: Sr. Jack Shannon, Goshen: Led Goshen in receptions (41) and receiving yards (640), hauling in six touchdowns.
  • OL: Sr. Andre Ward, Warwick: The left tackle was one of the keys to Warwick’s run game.
  • OL: Sr. Matt Raynor, Cornwall: Named most outstanding lineman in the Class A state championship game.
  • OL: Sr. Joe Castellanos, Chester: The leader of Chester’s offensive line, Castellanos was a devastating run blocker and a defensive standout.
  • OL: Sr. Bryan Warren, Pine Bush: A two-way lineman, Warren was Pine Bush’s best blocker. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 89 tackles, including 10 for a loss, with 10 sacks. Warren was also Pine Bush’s punter, averaging 38 yards per punt.
  • OL: Sr. Alex Wilson, Liberty: The workhorse was Liberty’s leader on both sides of the ball. He commanded the line and made 119 tackles as a linebacker.
  • ATH: Sr. Dhyquem Lewinson, Spackenkill: Rushed for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns this year. Lewinson finishes his impressive career with more than 4,000 rushing yards and also played linebacker.

Honorable mention:

Sr. QB Haakon Meland, Pine Bush; Sr. QB Steve Campione; Sr. QB Ryan Johanson, Minisink Valley; Sr. QB Vince Martello, Washingtonville; Soph. RB Hector Burgos, O’Neill; Jr. RB Syncere Tatum, Newburgh; Sr. RB Kyle Rooney, Warwick; Jr. OL Joe Parker, Cornwall; Sr. OL Tanner Johnson, New Paltz; Jr. WR Kevin Stein, Chester; Sr. WR Naquan Dolson, Middletown; Sr. WR Jake Kunis, Goshen; Sr. WR Noah Smith, Minisink Valley; Sr. WR Danny Abrahams, Monroe-Woodbury.