Minisink Valley’s defense halts Warwick

WARWICK — The Minisink Valley football team’s previous meeting with Warwick featured defensive stops from both sides. But Minisink Valley’s defense somehow improved even more in Friday’s 42-7 victory against Warwick in the Section 9 Class AA quarterfinals.

Minisink Valley surrendered only 126 yards in Oct. 2’s 9-6 loss to Warwick. The Warriors cut that total Friday to 84, only allowing a special teams touchdown. Minisink Valley didn’t even allow a first down in the first half.

Junior defensive back Tom Flynn ended Warwick’s final offensive drive with an interception at Minisink Valley’s 1-yard line. It was Warwick’s only turnover.

Minisink Valley’s defensive domination was unconventional beyond just recording one turnover. No Warrior recorded more than four tackles, with linebackers Nick Perdomo and Andrew Covais posting that total. That just shows Minisink Valley’s defense comes from a team effort.

Covais, a junior backup quarterback, also played offense Friday and rushed for a 38-yard touchdown. Senior quarterback Matt Chaffee praised his likely successor.

“Covais is a big player. He’s our starting linebacker. He’s most likely going to play both ways next year, and he’s going to be a problem in this section. He’s a very good player, and I love the kid. He’s like my brother.

— jbakan@th-record.com

Twitter: @JoshBakan845

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