By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Preseason camps in Section 9 open on Monday: Let the grueling two-a-days, which are a rite of passage, begin.
The build-up for the fall under Friday Night Lights, the big games, the clutch plays, the championship runs, is here. There is certainly energy and excitement in the air from Middletown, to Marlboro, to Monticello.
On the eve of preseason, we asked three standout Section 9 players, Myles Barrington of Marlboro, Burke Catholic’s Solomon Hemingway and Chandler Toth of Valley Central, some important questions about camp and the season:
Chandler Toth, Valley Central
- Year: Senior
- Position: Quarterback
- Toth’s credentials: Has thrown for 4,402 passing yards during his career.
What are your camp goals: Build up the team chemistry. We have all been friends since we were five or six-years-old. The last few years the chemistry has not been as good as it could be. I think this year we will come together and be a closer team.
Why will his team make the playoffs: Because we have athletes and we have a great offensive line this year. They are looking impressive and we have the athletes to make plays on offense and defense.
Why opponents should worry about him: I’m a dual threat quarterback. I can make plays when plays break down and make things happe
n out of the pocket. I’m also hard to take down.
Best player in Section 9 on another team: (Pine Bush running back) Anthony Potts, he runs the call like a beast.
Game he is most looking forward to: Our game against Monroe-Woodbury because a win against them would change the whole mood of the season. I’m also looking forward to the Newburgh came on Homecoming.
Name a teammate that will make a name for himself this year: (Running back) A.J. Williams for sure. He will be one of best runners in Section 9 and one of the strongest.
Preseason camp survival tip: You just have to stay healthy, eat right, workout right and stay in shape. Work as hard as you can and everything gets much more easier as you go along.
Myles Barrington, Marlboro
- Year: Senior
- Position: Linebacker
- Barrington’s credentials: Put up 95 tackles with five sacks for the Section 9 Class B champions.
What are your camp goals: To become a good team and bond with all of the new coaches. We just want to work hard every day and get ready for the first game against New Paltz. It’s going to be a very exciting game against New Paltz. The rivalry is still there and there still is heated tension. It should be a good game.
Why will his team make the playoffs: We have a lot of kids coming back from last year. Our team has a lot of returning starters and we have team chemistry. Coach (Brian) Beck is in his first year, but we know him well, and he knows us. We will be ready for the season.
Why opponents should worry about him: I’m very dedicated to the sport and I train hard. I love football and I tried to go to as many camps as I could during the offseason.
Best player in Section 9 on another team: Probably (Spackenkill running back) Dhyquem Lewinson. He is just a strong runner. He is a big boy and very hard to take down.
.Game he is most looking forward to: Week two against Cornwall. They won Class A last year and will be a good test for us. That game will give us a good idea where we are at for the rest of the season.
Name a teammate that will make a name for himself this year: Gio Frisenda (junior safety). He’s been working hard with me during the offseason and I have high hopes for him. His size is crazy (6-1, 185).
Preseason camp survival tip: Stay positive and don’t think about the negatives. Staying positive will get you through the day.
Solomon Hemingway, Burke Catholic
- Position: Running back
- Barrington’s credentials: Hemingway rushed for 543 yards and seven touchdowns last year and did most of his damage during the Eagles’ run to the semifinals of the Class C state playoffs.
What are your camp goals: For all us of us to get better and improve, to know all of our assignments and execute them perfectly during the season.
Why will his team make the playoffs: Because of our grit and our drive to win. We have been there over and over again. We know what it takes to get there and we have a wonderful coaching staff.
Why opponents should worry about him: I’ve gotten bigger and stronger and I have a good line in front of me that will open up holes. After that, I have my speed to get touchdowns.
Best player in Section 9 on another team: I’d go with (quarterback/running back) Terry Anderson from Newburgh. He is a big, strong guy and has a lot of speed. He’s a versatile player.
Game he is most looking forward to: Marlboro because that is a rival of ours and we have not beat them for a while. I’d like to be the team to make that happen.
Name a teammate that will make a name for himself this year: (Defensive back/wide receiver Louie Usera. He had an interception in every playoff game last year and was a wonderful wide receiver for us.
Preseason camp survival tip: Eat a lot of Gatorade bars and granola bars, and drink a lot of water. You are sweating a lot and don’t want to lose weight.