Section 9 footballers

Liberty running back Dennis inspired to have big 2018 season

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Kymanni Dennis often begins his workout before he arrives to Liberty football practice. With sweat dripping down his brow, Dennis usually rides his bike to practice, trekking up the long, steep hill on Buckley Street that leads up to Liberty High School. Dennis is old school tough and …
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Valley Central confident in its small army of wide receivers

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Everyone knows that Valley Central has a quarterback — Chandler Toth — that can zing the ball around the field and make big-time plays. However, the question facing the Vikings this season is who is going to catch Toth’s slants, screens and deep balls? His two top receivers, …
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Red Hook to play as an independent in 2018 with eye on successful future

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Like so many other players in Section 9, up-and-coming Red Hook quarterback Dylan Bayliss has a list of goals for the season. Making the playoffs isn’t one of them. No, Bayliss hasn’t set the bar low for his junior year: In an effort to help jump start the …
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Steady Meland a leader on the field for Pine Bush

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Pine Bush — Quarterback Haakon Meland began his varsity career as a freshman back-up with the plan being that he would gain seasoning late in games that were already decided. Then came Week 4 of the 2015 season: Meland moved to No. 1 on the depth chart after …
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M-W’s experienced offensive line hoping to be latest blocking machine in the trenches

By Sean Lynch Section 9 Football Insider Staff CENTRAL VALLEY — Offensive lineman are like referees — they don’t get noticed until their job is done incorrectly.  At Monroe-Woodbury that is exactly the opposite. The offensive line is the core of the Crusaders team, and has been since James Hintze started coaching them in 1988.  …
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