CENTRAL VALLEY – Monroe-Woodbury is one win away from a fifth trip to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse for the Class AA state championship since 2005.
Standing in the Crusaders’ way? A game White Plains team in the Class AA state semifinals. Monroe-Woodbury and White Plains meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at Dietz Stadium in Kingston in what should be a great game.
White Plains, making its first appearance in the state playoffs, is loaded with athletes. Quarterback Cameron Crabbe leads White Plains’ depp and versatile attack. He has passed for 1,490 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 420 yards with eight scores. Chris Jordan, who is 200 pounds, leads the White Plains running attack with 929 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Tigers can, of course, also make plays on the defensive side of the ball.
Here is what Monroe-Woodbury coach Bernie Connolly expects from White Plains:
White Plains is the first Section 1 team since Carmel in 1998 to win Class AA other than New Rochelle and North Rockland. Meanwhile, Monroe-Woodbury is a regular on this stage. The Crusaders reached the title game every year from 2005-08. Monroe-Woodbury won the state championship in ‘05.
This group of Crusaders earned their first state playoff win with a 38-25 win over Christian Brothers Academy of Albany in the quarterfinals last week.
Here is what Monroe-Woodbury kicker Matt Paul had to say about dangerous White Plains:
You can read more about Monroe-Woodbury-White Plains and the state semifinal playoffs in Thursday and Friday’s editions of Varsity845.com and the Times Herald-Record.