MIDDLETOWN – Do you know what “D.O.D.” stands for?
That would be Defense or Die. It’s Cornwall’s motto on that side of the ball and the Green Dragons’ ‘D’ certainly isn’t playing any games this season.
Cornwall’s latest lights out performance on defense came on Friday night at Faller Field in a 47-7 win over New Paltz in the Section 9 Class A playoff semifinals at Faller Field.
Cornwall limited New Paltz to two first downs, the first came with 4:16 remaining, and the Huguenots didn’t score until sophomore quarterback Joe DiMarco reached the end zone on an 8-yard run with 42.5 seconds left. DiMarco filled in for starter Harrison Zraly, who sat out with an ankle injury, sustained last week in a loss to Port Jervis.
Cornwall held New Paltz to 84 yards of offense and defensive back Brenden O’Flaherty had two interceptions, including a pick six. Meanwhile, Cornwall quarterback Jason Bailey was lights out. Bailey completed 12-of-16 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns, hitting Mike Reilly for two scores, and Tyler Peddie for another. A junior, Bailey rushed for two touchdowns, including a 69-yarder.
Here is what Cornwall linebacker John Roth said after the New Paltz win:
Up next? Jay Bay:
Cornwall, which led New Paltz 33-0 at halftime, has now outscored opponents 394-51 this season. The Green Dragons have not trailed since falling behind Marlboro 7-6 on Sept. 19. Cornwall won that game 20-7 and its first-team defense has allowed three touchdowns all year.
Cornwall (9-0) looks to win its fourth Class A title in a row and eighth in nine years when it meets Port Jervis for the championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. Port Jervis defeated Cornwall’s rival, Wallkill, 20-14 in the other Class A semifinal on Friday. The Red Raiders will be playing in their first Section 9 championship in 10 years.
We all asked Cornwall offensive lineman Brad Prunier about how good this version of the Green Dragons is:
Stay tuned for much more on Cornwall vs. Port Jervis this week.