Lo­cal teams poised for Sec­tion 9 semi­fi­nals

Sauger­ties, Wal­lkill to com­pete in Class A games tonight, with New Paltz, Marl­boro play­ing in B games on Satur­day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Freeman staff

KINGSTON >> It’s make or break time for Sauger­ties, New Paltz, Marl­boro and Wal­lkill highs’ foot­ball teams this week­end as they play for spots in Sec­tion 9 cham­pi­onship games.

The Class A semi­fi­nals are 7 p.m. to­day with Sauger­ties play­ing Goshen at Di­etz Sta­dium and Wal­lkill fac­ing Corn­wall at Mid­dle­town’s Faller Field.

The Class B semis are 3 p.m. Satur­day with New Paltz tak­ing on Lib­erty at Di­etz and Marl­boro go­ing against James I. O’Neill at Faller.

Di­etz has a triple­header on Satur­day. At 11 a.m. is a Class C semi be­tween Ch­ester and Mill­brook. New­burgh Free Academy plays Pine Bush in a Class AA game at 7 p.m.

Ad­mis­sion is $7 for adults and $5 for stu­dents. Gold Cards will be honored, but not Sec­tion 9 Passes.

At stake is a place in the Nov. 4 Class A ti­tle game at Faller and the Nov. 5 Class B cham­pi­onsnhip at Di­etz.

To­day

Class A Goshen vs. Sauger­ties

Sauger­ties (7-1) was brought harshly back to earth by Corn­wall in last week’s 56-0 loss that de­cided the divi­sion ti­tle and top seed in the tour­ney.

The Sawyers will look to get its ground game go­ing again. They de­feated (3-5) Goshen 2817 back on week two. Sauger­ties stayed on the ground in that game, go­ing 389 yards on 52 at­tempts. Rob Trin­cellito rushed for 145 yards and two touch­downs and quar­ter­back Matt Bucci also ran for two scores.

Goshen snapped a three-game los­ing streak last week, beat­ing Pough­keep­sie 14-6 to se­cure the No. 3 seed.

Wal­lkill (3-5) earned the fourth and fi­nal play­off spot with a 30-24 win over Port Jervis on a touch­down with two min­utes re­main­ing. A.J. Dem­broski passed for 117 yards and one touch­down and ran for an­other to lead the way.

The Pan­thers get five­time de­fend­ing cham­pion Corn­wall, who beat them 47-0 two weeks ago. Green Dragons quar­ter­back Kieran Krei­der threw for 207 yards and three TD in the win over Sauger­ties.

Corn­wall and Wal­lkill’s pro­grams have a his­tory, es­pe­cially in the post­sea­son. The teams played for the Class A cham­pi­onship seven straight years from 2007-2013.

Satur­day

Class B Lib­erty vs. New Paltz

With the one-week bye, a re­freshed New Paltz (6-1) is primed to make a run to­ward its first sec­tional ti­tle in six years.

The Huguenots have won three straight after its only set­back — 14-6 to John S. Burke Catholic. They outscored their op­po­nents 142-43 in those games and were cer­tainly fir­ing on all cylin­ders in a 60-22 win over Red Hook where their de­fense was even do­ing plenty of scor­ing.

Lib­erty (7-1) presents a chal­lenge to the Hugie de­fense, which has to seal the holes and cor­ral the In­di­ans’ Roy Penn-Cosentino. The ju­nior is an ex­plo­sive back who has rushed for 1,460 yards and 23 touch­downs. He has av­er­aged 14.7 yards per carry and had a field day in last week’s win over Red Hook when he rushed 24 times for a ca­reer-high 371 yards and six touch­downs.

Lib­erty won the Class C ti­tle last year.

The teams did not play each other this sea­son. Marl­boro vs. O’Neill

Marl­boro’s de­fense gets an­other crack at try­ing to con­tain O’Neill’s Ti­quan Scott. The se­nior has 1,556 yards and 22 touch­downs. His ca­reer highs were against the Dukes when he ran 27 times for 380 yards and five TDs in a 63-43 shootout back on Sept. 9.

The (6-1) Raiders that night had more big plays, counter-punch­ing ev­ery time the (6-2) Dukes re­sponded.

The five-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Dukes have been able to run on ev­ery team. Marl­boro has a host of weapons, but ju­nior Billy Wil­liamson had emerged in the past few weeks as a break­out player.

FILE PHOTO

Rob Trin­cellito and Sauger­ties will play Goshen in tonight’s Sec­tion 9, Class A semi­fi­nal at Di­etz Sta­dium.

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