Section 9 makes history with four semifinal berths

Remember the days when Section 9 football teams served as a punching bag in the state playoffs?

Well, they are long gone.

Section 9 made history this weekend when Cornwall, Chester, Marlboro and Monroe-Woodbury earned state semifinal berths. It marks the first time four Section 9 teams have reached the final four. Section 9 schools are 9-14 in the state semifinals.

Monroe-Woodbury has four of those wins (2005-08) and Chester (2011), Newburgh (2011), Wallkill (2004) and Rondout Valley (2000) have one apiece. Monroe-Woodbury (2005) and Rondout Valley are the only Section 9 teams to ever win state championships.

Before this run, three Section 9 teams had made the state semifinals twice – in 2011 and 2012. It’s also worth noting that this marks the second year in a row that three Section 9 teams have beaten Section 1 (Duchess, Rockland, Putnam and Westchester counties) schools in the state quarterfinals.

That had never happened before 2012. Indeed, Section 9 football continues to develop, making more history.

Below is a look at Section 9’s all-time results in the state semifinals:

2012
Class A:
Burnt Hills 28, Cornwall 13
Class B: Glens Falls 28, Marlboro 17
Class C: Hoosick Falls 43, James I. O’Neill 21

2011
Class AA:
Newburgh 16, Shenendehowa 6
Class A: Burnt Hills 35, Cornwall 14
Class D: Chester 38, Cambridge 22

2009
Class A:
Burnt Hills 41, Cornwall 16
Class D: Moriah 22, Eldred 13

2008
Class AA:
Monroe-Woodbury 10, New Rochelle 8

2007
Class AA:
Monroe-Woodbury 22, New Rochelle 16

2006
Class AA:
Monroe-Woodbury d. CBA-Albany 21-0
Class A: Cornwall 34, Indian River 6

2005
Class AA:
Monroe-Woodbury 28, North Rockland 0

2004
Class AA:
New Rochelle 41, Monroe-Woodbury 0
Class A: Wallkill 21, Amsterdam 18

2002
Class AA:
Shenendehowa 42, Newburgh 0

2000
Class B:
Rondout Valley 41, Hudson Falls 15

1999
Class AA:
Troy 31, Monroe-Woodbury 14

1998
Class D:
Lake George 30, Delaware Valley 26


1997
Class A:
Queensbury 37, Port Jervis 6

1996
Class AA:
Roosevelt-Yonkers 40, Kingston 14
Class C: Watervliet 20, Highland 18

1995
Class C:
Saranac Lake 18, Highland 12

1994
Class D:
Rensselaer 19, Delaware Valley 12

1992
Class B:
Albany Academy 34, Onteora 9
Class C: Moriah 34, Delaware Valley 8

*The state playoffs ended in the semifinals in 1992. The first full year of the playoffs was 1993.

State playoff football schedule

Semifinals
Friday
Class D

Chester (9-1) vs. Moriah (7-4), 4 p.m. at Dietz Stadium, Kingston

Class A
Cornwall (10-1) vs. Queensbury (11-0), 8 p.m. at Dietz

Saturday
Class B

Marlboro (11-0) vs. Schalmont (11-0), 3 p.m. at Dietz

Class AA
Monroe-Woodbury (11-0) vs. White Plains (8-1), 7 p.m. at Dietz

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