By Sean Lynch
Section 9 Football Insider Staff
CORNWALL — The sweat came dripping down the thick hair of Aidan Semo as he slowly took off his helmet. The freshman prodigy came as advertised — cool, calm, collected and a heck of a quarterback.
His statistics in Cornwall’s 16-6 win against Marlboro weren’t eyebrow-raising. But nearly everything else was in the week two win for Semo; especially for a freshman.
He finished the game 7-for-9 with 160 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He threw the ball only once in the second half. 131-of-his-160 passing yards were to junior running back Amin Woods.
“He always has the same demeanor,” said Woods. “We could be in a mid-week practice or a decisive possession in a game and his composure is identical.”
He added, “Aidan is my best friend. It really helps in the game because we are nearly always on the same page, and that was the case today when he threw the ball to me.”
He caught both of Semo’s touchdown passes in the first half and also rushed for 118 yards on 24 carries.
Both sides started the game off slow. Semo threw an interception in the second drive, both teams exchanged punts, then Woods fumbled to conclude the quarter. Cornwall couldn’t find answers for Marlboro’s defense until Semo threw 2 touchdowns in two minutes to Woods.
Semo gave credit to his offensive line for giving him time to make throws and providing holes to run through. “We might not have gotten those two touchdowns without them,” he said. “They were the biggest asset offensively tonight.”
Cornwall coach Mike Connolly applauded his entire team, but especially the defense. “Marlboro is a great team,” he said. “Our defense did a great job containing (Sam) Mongelli; he can do nearly anything on the field and we limited him as much as we could tonight.”
Mongelli finished with 106 yards passing, 53 yards rushing, 71 yards recieving, and had four punts that went 40 yards or further.
As the season gets longer, Semo knows he has to continue working hard and prepare for anything and everything that comes his way.
“We played two really good teams so far,” he said. “We just have to keep working hard individually and as a team and the rest will sort itself out.”