Minisink Valley’s Juncaj lands full ride to D-II Southern Connecticut State

By Justin Rodriguez

Section 9 Football Insider

Southern Connecticut State thinks so highly of Minisink Valley defensive lineman Anton Juncaj that the Division II school offered him a full athletic scholarship, which he has accepted.

And Southern Connecticut State has potential big plans for Juncaj. According to Minisink Valley coach Kevin Gallagher, Southern Connecticut might have Juncaj also play tight end.

Juncaj made a name for himself as the most dominant defensive player in Section 9 the last two years, but he also flashed some Gronk-like potential catching passes for the Warriors.

“I’m really happy for Anton,” Gallagher said of the scholarship. “He’s a great kid, a hard worker and he had an incredible career. A full scholarship is hard to come by and he deserves it. It’s a good football school and it’s close enough to home that his friends and family can come see him play.”

Juncaj, who is 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, also received generous scholarship offers from Division II Assumption College and American International College. He could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday night. Despite being double and triple teamed this season, Juncaj still had 85 tackles and 11 sacks for Minisink Valley this year. He was named a Section 9 Football Insider and Class A all-state first-team all-star.

Juncaj was a second-team Class AA all-state selection as a junior. It’s safe to say that many quarterbacks are happy that Juncaj is bringing his big game and pass rushing skills to Southern Connecticut.

“Obviously, (Juncaj) was a very aggressive player,” Cornwall quarterback Aidan Semo said. “You planned your whole offense based around a way to stop him. He was a big, strong kid and he was hard to stop. Good for him to get a chance to play at Southern Connecticut. I’m sure he will fit in right away and do the same things he did in high school in college.”

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