Mongelli, Verney lead contingent of six Section 9 players on Class B all-state second-team

By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider

Quarterbacks Sam Mongelli of Marlboro and New Paltz’s Jimmy Verney are rivals, but they enjoy a mutual respect for each other.

They also share a spot on the New York State Sportswriters Association Class B all-state second-team. Mongelli and Verney led a group of six Section 9 Class B players on the second-team, which also included linebackers Kenny Verney of New Paltz and Marlboro’s Myles Barrington, Spackenkill defensive lineman Kyiev Bennermon and his teammate, running back Dhyquem Lewinson.

Verney made the second team as a quarterback and Mongelli, a junior, was honored as the all purpose player.

“It’s great for Sam and I to be on the second team,” Verney, a senior, said. “It’s great for Section 9. Being a junior, it’s a nice for Sam. This just shows how much work our schools and our section puts in. It’s definitely an honor, especially with so many great Class B teams out there in the state.”

Verney passed and ran for 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season in 2017, throwing for 1,150 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed for 1,518 yards and 13 scores. Verney had 5,277 all-purpose yards and 53 touchdowns the last two seasons.

“It’s great for Sam and I to be on the second team,” Verney, a senior, said. “It’s great for Section 9. Being a junior, it’s a nice for Sam. This just shows how much work our schools and our section puts in. It’s definitely an honor, especially with so many great Class B teams out there in the state.”

Verney passed and ran for 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season in 2017, throwing for 1,150 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed for 1,518 yards and 13 scores. Verney had 5,277 all-purpose yards and 53 touchdowns the last two seasons. He led New Paltz to the 2016 Section 9 Class B title.

A gifted athlete, Mongelli also lined up at running back and wide receiver for the Iron Dukes this year. He did his most damage under center for Marlboro, putting up 1,876 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns. Mongelli was also one of Section 9’s best kickers, converting 4-of-5 field goal attempts. He has already verbally committed to play baseball at Division I Sacred Heart University.

Mongelli went 2-0 against Verney in two much anticipated games this season. Top-seeded Marlboro held on to defeat New Paltz, the third seed, 27-25 to win this year’s Section 9 Class B championship. The Iron Dukes had won five consecutive Class B titles in a row before New Paltz ended their run in 2016. Marlboro also defeated New Paltz 21-7 during the regular-season this fall.

“I have nothing but respect for Sam and Marlboro,” Verney said. “They were great competitors this year and last year. We are rivals, but I have nothing but respect for Marlboro. Sam is a great player.”

Added Marlboro Rich Ward: “I think New Paltz vs. Marlboro has been a very heated rivalry, but it’s a health rivalry. It’s what makes high school sports so special. I know Sammy and Jimmy have a lot of respect for each other and I have a lot of respect for (New Paltz coach) Tom Tegeler. He runs a great program and we looked forward to playing New Paltz every year.”

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New York State Sportswriters Association Class B All-State Team

 

Co-Players of the Year

Jeremiah Allen (RB, Chenango Forks-4, Jr., 5-8, 190) and Joseph Girard III (QB/DB, Glens Falls-2, Jr., 6-1, 175

 

First Team Offense

QB KeShone Beal Cheektowaga-6… Jr.. 5-8. 225

RB Rashad Law… Maryvale-6……… Jr.. 5-11 175

RB Ray Leach…… Batavia-5……….. Jr.. 5-11 195

RB Charlie McPhee……………………. Pleasantville-1       Sr.     5-11  185

OE Jalin Cooper.. Medina/Lyndonville-6….. Sr.   6-4    180

OE Messiah Swinson………………….. Long Island Lutheran-AIS         Sr.     6-7    225

OL Andew Chirico…………………….. Seaford-8     Sr.     6-0    195

OL A.J. DeSantis. Maine-Endwell-4 Jr.. 6-4. 285

OL Tim Driscoll.. Pleasantville-1…. Sr. 6-6. 215

OL Kyle Kandel.. Clarke-8…………. Sr. 6-4. 260

OL Tariq Whitaker…………………….. Cheektowaga-6      Sr.     6-2    300

AP Michael Ferrara……………………. Valhalla-1    Sr.     5-7    165

PK Jack Howe….. Pleasantville-1…. Jr.. 6-0. 175

First Team Defense

DL Connor Borchardt…………………. Chenango Forks-4  Sr.     6-4    240

DL Jakwon Ingram…………………….. Lackawanna-6       Sr.     6-1    205

DL Anthony Ray. Batavia-5……….. Sr. 6-0. 280

LB Rayyan Buell. Hornell-5………… Jr.. 6-2. 240

LB Nick Costanzo Maryvale-6……… Sr. 6-0. 205

LB Taivaughn Roach…………………. Cheektowaga-6      Jr.      5-10  182

LB Nick Salzaulo Pleasantville-1…. Sr. 6-0. 205

DB Rob DiNota… Westlake-1……… Sr. 5-10 170

DB Connor Fenlong…………………… Gouverneur/Harrisville-10         Sr.     6-4    205

DB Khalil Horton Lackawanna-6…. Sr. 5-8. 205

DB Tucker O’Donnell…………………. Homer-3      Sr.     6-1    170

 

Second Team Offense

QB Jimmy Verney…………………….. New Paltz-9 Sr.     5-10  160

RB Dhyquem Lewinson…………….. Spackenkill-9        Jr.     5-10  220

RB Aaron Sampson……………………. Glens Falls-2 Sr.     5-7    170

RB Will Waterhouse………………….. Hackley-AIS Sr.     6-0    175

OE Ray Blackwell Maryvale-6……… Sr. 5-7. 150

OE Declan McDermott……………….. Pleasantville-1       Sr.     5-11  170

OL Vincent Basile Homer-3…………. Sr. 5-10 185

OL Michael Booth Cardinal Spellman-CHS… Sr.   6-0    285

OL Tiernen Joseph Chenango Forks-4…. Sr… 6-1  270

OL Luke Norstad. Marcellus-3…….. Sr. 6-1. 240

OL Spencer Quinn Wayne-5………… Sr. 6-2. 285

AP Sam Mongelli Marlboro-9……. Jr. 6-0. 165

PK Anthony Muratore………………… Wayne-5      Jr.      5-9    155

Second Team Defense

DL Kyiev Bennermon……………….. Spackenkill-9        Sr.     6-5    290

DL Terrance Bass Cheektowaga-6… Sr. 6-2. 235

DL Taylor Tanner Babylon-11…….. Sr. 6-2. 200

LB Myles Barrington………………… Marlboro-9 Jr.     5-10  210

LB Dante Kimbrough…………………. Windsor-4    Sr.     6-1    210

LB Matt Martusciello…………………. Hornell-5     Sr.     5-10  180

LB Dakota Trombley…………………. Glens Falls-2 Sr.     5-10  190

LB Kyle Vachon. Glens Falls-2…… Jr.. 6-0. 220

LB Kenny Verney…………………….. New Paltz-9 Jr.     5-8    220

DB DeJuan Booker…………………….. Babylon-11  Sr.     5-10  170

DB Tywon Wright Dunkirk-6………. So. 6-2. 215

 

Third Team Offense

QB Connor Desiderio…………………. Maryvale-6  So.    6-1    170

QB Julian McGarvey………………….. Ardsley-1     Sr.     6-2    210

RB Joe Angelastro Seaford-8……….. Jr.. 5-8. 175

RB Roy Penn-Cosentino……………. Liberty-9     Sr.     5-8    180

RB Peyton Schmitt…………………….. Gouverneur/Harrisville-10         Jr.      6-1    175

OE Quinn Girard. Glens Falls-2…… Sr. 5-8. 150

OE Spencer Sands…………………….. Rondout Valley-9 Sr.     5-7    135

OL Saiquan Kneeland…………………. Babylon-11  Jr.      6-3    306

OL Joe Libretti…. Cold Spring Harbor-8 Sr… 6-1  215

OL Ed Longest…. Kennedy Catholic-CHS…. Sr.   6-1    265

OL Robert Rice…. Lackawanna-6…. Sr. 6-1. 185

AP Mitch Senecal Plattsburgh-7…… Sr. 6-1. 235

PK Sam Hogan…. Glens Falls-2…… Jr.. 6-1. 160

Third Team Defense

DL Cameron Coleman………………… Rye Country Day-AIS     Jr.      6-1    217

DL Tim Dahl……. Cobleskill-Richmondville-2      Sr.     6-3    205

DL Max Lunati.. New Paltz-9……. Sr. 6-3. 310

LB Zach Barber… Homer-3…………. Sr. 6-0. 180

LB Treijen Garrett Notre Dame-3….. Jr.. 6-1. 190

LB Darnell Green Schalmont-2……. Sr. 6-0. 183

LB Luke Kiballa.. Owego-4………… Sr. 6-1. 220

LB Julian Nixon.. Newfane-6………. Sr. 5-10 190

DB Dylan Casey.. Maryvale-6……… Sr. 5-9. 160

DB Allan Houston Rye Country Day-AIS Jr… 6-1  180

DB London Smith Lackawanna-6…. Sr. 6-2. 155

 

Fourth Team Offense

QB Shakel Clarke Franklin K. Lane-PSAL… Jr.   5-10  165

QB Joe Rende…… Babylon-11…….. Sr. 6-1. 185

RB Nick Calandra Seaford-8……….. Sr. 6-0. 225

RB John Horner III…………………….. Homer-3      Sr.     5-10  150

RB Matt Hyde….. Livonia-5……….. Sr. 6-0. 180

OE Nathan Palmer Vernon-Verona-Sherrill-3 Sr.   5-6    150

OE Christian Snell Alden-6………….. Sr. 6-0. 175

OE Dante Yacavone…………………… Homer-3      Sr.     6-0    185

OL Thomas Donovan…………………. Schuylerville-2      Sr.     5-9    240

OL Sean Kane….. Susquehanna Valley-4…… Sr.   6-1    190

OL Carter Post….. Depew-6………… Sr. 6-3. 250

AP James Tehui-Matautia…………. James O’Neill-9     Jr.     5-8    165

PK Kieran Horton Windsor-4………. Jr.. 5-10 150

Fourth Team Defense

DL Sam Goldberg Hackley-AIS…… Sr. 6-1. 245

DL Sam Rizzo….. Glens Falls-2…… Sr. 6-0. 200

DL Brennan Slater Norwich-4………. Sr. 5-10 210

LB Brandon Buffham…………………. Potsdam-10  Sr.     5-10  180

LB Dalton Lopez. Waverly-4………. Sr. 6-0. 205

LB Dominick Natale………………….. Homer-3      Sr.     6-2    185

LB Billy Williamson…………………. Marlboro-9 Sr.     6-0    215

DB Roberto Auguste………………….. Xaverian-CHS       Jr.      5-11  180

DB Ryan Lambert Livonia-5……….. Jr.. 6-2. 175

DB Mason Lewis. Medina/Lyndonville-6….. Sr.   5-11  160

DB Stratton Sherman………………….. Schuylerville-2      Jr.      6-2    180

 

Fifth Team Offense

QB Ralph Gonzalez……………………. Valhalla-1    Sr.     6-3    210

QB Brandon Gross Newfane-6………. Sr. 6-0. 195

RB Phil DeSantis Marlboro-9……. Sr. 5-10 195

RB Ugene Harrison……………………. Albion-6      Jr.      5-11  165

RB Derek Willson Schuylerville-2… Sr. 5-7. 160

OE Henry Froass. Oneida-3………… Sr. 5-10 165

OE Austin Fullington…………………. Johnstown-2 Sr.     6-2    186

OE Nathaniel Larkins…………………. John Glenn-11       Sr.     6-1    200

OL Derek Biscaro Pioneer-6………… Sr. 6-4. 335

OL Jordan Countryman………………. Gouverneur/Harrisville-10         Sr.     5-11  230

OL Matt Jackson Marlboro-9……. Jr. 6-0. 200

AP Nick Patterson Marcellus-3…….. Sr. 6-1. 160

PK Anthony DiMiceli…………………. Valhalla-1    Sr.     5-10  180

Fifth Team Defense

DL C.J. Ozolins… St. Mary’s-MM… So. 5-11 175

DL Jared Thivierge…………………….. Schuylerville-2      Jr.      6-0    245

LB Orion Anderson……………………. Schuylerville-2      Sr.     5-3    140

LB Isiah Czarnecki…………………….. Notre Dame-3        So.    6-3    225

LB Josh Godosky Fieldston-AIS….. Sr. 6-0. 205

LB Civy Merritt.. Far Rockaway-PSAL Sr… 5-11 235

LB Ryan Pierce… Marcellus-3…….. Sr. 6-2. 180

DB Alexzander Bryant………………… Cheektowaga-6      Sr.     6-4    175

DB Dan Crowingshield……………….. Chenango Fork-4   Sr.     6-2    180

DB Jaisann Lovett University Prep-5 Sr. 5-11 190

DB Dylan Vincent Olean-6………….. Sr. 6-0. 205

Honorable Mention:

Quarterback — Todd Bentley (Cold Spring Harbor-8, Sr.), Jesse Cooper-Leary (Fieldston-AIS, Jr.), Tony Maple (Burgard/MST-6, Sr.), Christopher Miraba (Long Island City-PSAL, Jr.), Ryley O’Connell (Peru-7, Jr.), Donovan Pacatte (Cobleskill-Richmondville-2, Jr.), Trevor Porter (Johnstown-2, Sr.), Frankie Sayegh (Edgemont-1, Sr.), Noble Smith (Lackawanna-6, Sr.)

Running Back — Cris Arzola (Beekmantown-7, Sr.), Andrew DiBiase (Westlake-1, Jr.), Quantavis Kleckley (Dunkirk-6, Jr.), Glenmour Osboure (Ardsley-1, Sr.), Jake Stein (Nanuet-1, Sr.), Sean Tyrell (KIPP College Prep-PSAL, Jr.), Willie Walker (Hudson-2, Sr.)

Offensive End — Austin Carpenter (Peru-7, So.), Kellel Felisme (William Grady-PSAL, Jr.), Tim McCabe (Xaverian-CHS, Sr.), John Perugino (Marlboro-9, Sr.)

Lineman — Gio Fabi (Owego-4, So.), John Futter (Livonia-5, Sr.), Connor Hill (Newfane-6, Sr.), Damien Hoyt (Homer-3, Jr.), Brennan McQuade (Maine-Endwell-4, Jr.), Anthony Parker (Homer-3, Sr.), Niko Policelli (New Hartford-3, Sr.), James Rumbaugh (Schalmont-2, Sr.), Schyler Russell (Hudson Falls-2, Sr.), Jack Simon (Westlake-1, Jr.)

Linebacker — Josh Barber (Batavia-5, So.), Brodryk Benton (Broadalbin-Perth-2, Jr.), Eric Conant (Norwich-4, Sr.), Jarred Freije (Susquehanna Valley-4, Jr.), Tariq Hollingsworth (Franklin K. Lane-PSAL, Jr.), Philip Iacona (Xaverian-CHS, Sr.), Dennis Jakubauskas (Long Island City-PSAL, Sr.), Brian Kenney (New Paltz-9, Sr.), Steven Manfredi (Cardinal Spellman-CHS, Sr.), Dan Matthews (Susquehanna Valley-4, Jr.), Daniel Shillingford (Putnam Valley-1, Jr.), Icar Simon (Olean-6, Jr.)

Defensive Back — Logan Blackenberg (Wayne-5, Sr.), Michael Carson (Norwich-4, Sr.), Joe Doty (Owego-4, Sr.), Carson Dunkel (Schuylerville-2, Sr.), Zach Neil (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill-3, Sr.), Cameron Strang (Cobleskill-Richmondville-2, Sr.), Rylie VanFleet (Maine-Endwell-4, Jr.)

All-Purpose — Javon Coleman (Hackley-AIS, Sr.), Paul Harshbarger (Schuylerville-2, Jr.), Trey Stover (Johnstown-2, Jr.), Zac Wilburn (Hudson-2, Sr.)