1. Monroe-Woodbury (5-0): M-W used backup quarterback Ryan O’Malley last week and cruised to a win at Valley Central. At this point, the Crusaders seemingly could use a Pop Warner QB and pick up a few W’s.
2. Newburgh (4-1): Bulletin-board material aplenty for the Goldbacks this week. Newburgh is likely eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to visiting Pine Bush on Friday. Pine Bush defeated the Goldbacks 41-0 last year.
3. Pine Bush (4-1): So which version of the Jekyll and Hyde Pine Bush defense shows up this week? The one that has posted two shutouts – or the version that gave up a combined 94 points to Warwick and Kingston?
4. Cornwall (4-1): If Cornwall takes out Wallkill on Friday, we might as well as present the Green Dragons with the Section 9 Class A championship plaque. It would definitely be a done deal.
5. Warwick (4-1): Dare we say, it could be a battle of special teams on Friday when Warwick plays at Washingtonville in a Class AA Division II showdown. Two of the best kickers in the state will be rolled out – Washingtonville’s Derek Deoul and Davis Brief of Warwick.
6. Marlboro (5-0): Quarterback Ryan Cary (969 rushing yards) is poised to become the second player in Section 9 to join the 1,000-yard club. Warwick quarterback Brad “The Franchise” Garcia is already a member, while Pine Bush running back Mike Martin is at 904 yards.
7. Wallkill (4-1): As long as Wallkill doesn’t have flashbacks to Cornwall quarterback Mike White’s 500-yard passing performance against the Panthers in last year’s Class A championship, the underdog can definitely make this a game.
8. Kingston (1-4): As I said on Twitter earlier this week – follow me at justinrod845 – Kingston quarterback Pat Dorrian is the best three-sport athlete in Section 9. He also helped Kingston to the Class AA state baseball title in 2012 and the basketball team to the Section 9 Class AA championship last year.
9. Roosevelt (3-2): Two losses have come to Cornwall and Wallkill. So these Presidents – Roosevelt’s nickname – are not dead.
10. Highland (4-1): Coach Carl Relyea has developed a foolproof way to almost guarantee his team will win. Every time I pick against the Huskies, they win. Wouldn’t be the first time, for sure.
1. Millbrook (5-0): You have to give Millbrook the top spot after knocking off two-time defending Class C champion James I. O’Neill 28-21 last week.
2. Chester (3-1): Chester was in the conversation for the top spot, but the Hambletonians stay put at No.2 For now.
3. James I. O’Neill (4-1): Coming off the Millbrook loss, it doesn’t get any easier for O’Neill with Burke Catholic parading into Highland Falls for a Class C Division I game on Friday.
4. Burke Catholic (4-1): Emotional week for Burke Catholic, losing former coach Dwight Smith, and team chaplain, the Rev. Patrick McGuigan. Both gentlemen passed away earlier this week.
5. Liberty (3-2): Tough assignment for Liberty this week taking on “The Brook” – as in Millbrook. Even Liberty celebrity stat guy Les Jackson would admit that.