The Top 10
1. Monroe-Woodbury (7-0): The Crusaders await their sacrificial lamb, er, opponent in next weekend’s Class AA semifinals.
2. Newburgh (6-1): In a blowout win over Warwick last week, it was just too much of the Killer D’s – Donovan (Fields) (Anthony) Dubose and (Natore) Dennis.
3. Pine Bush (4-3): I posted it on Twitter last week and I will say it again: Still can’t believe that RB Mike Martin isn’t getting more college looks. And, no, I don’t double as his agent.
4. Warwick (5-2): Warwick, which hasn’t lost to Valley Central since 1988, would clinch the Class AA Division II regular-season title with a win over the Vikings on Friday. That would set up, gasp, a rematch with the Killer D’s.
5. Cornwall (6-1): QB Mike White and WR Chris Bauer got all the attention last week, connecting for five touchdowns against Saugerties, but give a game ball to another retooled Cornwall offensive line that is getting the job done.
6. Marlboro (7-0): Last week in my Friday picks, I pondered whether Marlboro, a Class B power, could win Class A. The Iron Dukes beat slumping Roosevelt, an A school, by only a touchdown last week. Typical J-Rod.
7. Wallkill (4-3): After watching White throw five touchdowns to Bauer last Saturday, Saugerties doesn’t get a break. Up next? The Sawyers face gunner Wallkill quarterback Joe Pillitteri and his posse of dangerous receivers this week.
8. Highland (6-1): Highland vs. Marlboro, a classic Section 9 rivalry, is called the Black (Marlboro color) and Blue (Highland color) Bowl. Of course, it’s also how they want to leave the opponent.
9. Rondout Valley (6-1): I admit I’ve been wrong about the Ganders. This is RV’s debut in the rankings, but it should have happened already.
10. Port Jervis (4-3): During its three-game win streak, Port Jervis has allowed an average of just 9.3 points per game.
1. Millbrook (7-0): Millbrook is averaging 379 rushing yards per game, with RB Henry Cardinal leading the way (1,207 yards, 13 touchdowns and 9.6 yards per carry).
2. Chester (5-1): Chester fans might at least want to inquire about hotel reservations in Syracuse on the day after Thanksgiving. Of course, that’s where and when the state Class D championship is played.
3. Burke Catholic (6-1): Goshen just handed Burke Catholic the win last week. Easy, now, that’s a joke. On its Twitter feed, Burke Catholic’s football account voiced displeasure with a Times Herald-Record headline for the game. Let’s be clear: BC earned the 32-7 win over its crosstown rival and is as hot as any Section 9 team.
4. James I. O’Neill (4-3): The Raiders are seemingly fading, but they still hold the label everyone wants: Section 9 Class C champions.
5. Liberty (4-3): Liberty gets Burke Catholic on Saturday and again next week in the Class C playoff semifinals. Translation: It could be two and out, season over, for Liberty.