By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Growing up, Valley Central quarterback Chandler Toth and his younger brother, Chase, competed in everything.
A pick-up basketball game in the driveway could turn into a full-fledged battle royal.
A game of two-hand touch football might turn into a sparring match.
“It’s been me and Chase every day for our entire life,” said Chandler Toth, a senior, at Camp of Champions on Tuesday. “We have always competed in sports, basketball, baseball, football, jumping on the trampoline, whatever. Sometimes we were friends, sometimes we were enemies. But we always pushed each other to get better and we have helped each other out.”
Chandler Toth, who never even played quarterback until his freshman year, returns as one of Section 9’s stars. Chase, a junior, is ready to serve as a capable back-up. The sibling rivalry has cooled a bit in recent years and Chandler prides himself in mentoring Chase. However, don’t think they still don’t push each other.
“You always want to be better than your brother and that makes us better,” Chase Toth said.
Chandler Toth enters the season with 4,402 career passing yards, which ranks him seventh all-time in Section 9 history. He is expected to move up to No. 2 on the list before he graduates next June. Cornwall’s Mike White, who played from 2011-13, is Section 9’s all-time leader with 7,386 career passing yards.
Former Valley Central star Kenny Gray (2013-15) is second with 5,276 career yards. Toth has also thrown for 42 touchdowns over the last two years. His younger brother comes up after splitting time as Valley Central’s starting quarterback on jayvee last season.
It’s clear that Chandler is the guy, but Chase is evolving into a capable back-up, a rare commodity on any level. He is also versatile and will see time at running back and wide receiver and running back this year.
“Usually there is a big drop off from your starter and your back-up quarterback,” Valley Central coach Ron Introini said. “But not with Chase. God help us if anything happened to Chandler, but I think Chase could come in and lead the team.”
The Toth rivalry developed when they were young, in part, because they were the only boys in the house. They have four sisters, Cora, 21, Meadow, 16, Morgan, 11, and Jordan, seven. The next Toth gun slinging quarterback could be their brother, Cayden, who is six.
No matter what the sport, when it was Chandler vs. Chase, it was on. Their dad often played the role of referee. As it turns out, those battles helped toughen both of them up.
Despite the competitions, Chandler and Chase have developed a close bond over the years. During their spare time, they often go to the football field and throw, and the brothers’ workout together at Ultimate Advantage Training Center in the Town of Wallkill. They likely will always enjoy a spirited rivalry, even when they get older.
However, one thing is for sure: Chandler and Chase will always have each other’s back.