In Class C, Burke Catholic wins second title in a row with win over Chester
By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Middletown — “Four-peat, four-peat, four-peat.”
Those chants began shortly after Newburgh’s 33-6 win over Pine Bush in the Section 9 Class AA championship on Saturday night at Faller Field and continued during the celebratory post-game photo-ops.
Yes, it’s a four-peat and the result seemingly was never in doubt. The Goldbacks led 14-0 at halftime, but blew the game open in the second half to win their fifth Class AA championship in seven years. Newburgh (8-2) moves on to the state playoffs, where it receives a bye in the Class AA quarterfinals. The Goldbacks will play Troy or New Rochelle in the semifinals at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 at Faller.
In the Class C championship, Burke Catholic defeated Chester 40-12 at Dietz Stadium in Kingston to earn its second consecutive title. The Eagles (8-1) have won eight games in a row since opening the season with a loss to New Paltz.
“To win four in a row is a tremendous accomplishment for our program,” Newburgh coach Bill Bianco said. “It hasn’t come easy. I’m just proud of our guys and I think it’s big for our community. It shows what we are doing from the youth level all the way up through all the levels of our program. I think things are rolling, so it’s great.”
Newburgh defeated fifth-seeded Pine Bush 34-7 on Sept. 15, but some fans expected a closer game in the rematch. Not quite. The Goldbacks held Pine Bush’s Wing-T offense to just 169 yards on 42 carries.
Pine Bush’s only score came on the last play of the game, a 4-yard run by David Alcenat.
“Newburgh came out more aggressive on offense and defense than we thought,” Pine Bush running back Tyrese Gumbs. “Their running backs know how to hit the holes, they get down the field the fast. We made some tackles, but they got away sometimes.”
Led by a big blocking offensive line, Newburgh running back Jadon Munroe rushed for 159 yards, including 101 in the second half. He scored on a 31-yard touchdown run. Junior running back Giani Hill scored on touchdown runs of 1, 3 and 5 yards.
He has benefited from Bianco sprinkling in a Wing-T scheme with a spread offense. Hill scored his first career touchdown in a 42-20 win over rival Monroe-Woodbury last week in the Class AA semifinals. The Goldbacks lost to the Crusaders 28-17 during the regular-season.
“It feels good. I blocked for them all season and now I get some of the glory,” Hill said. “It’s just great to experience a game like this. I was ready and I knew I could do it.”
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