Category Archives: Football

The video: J-Rod interviews the other J-Rod

PORT JERVIS – It was a monumental day at Port Jervis training camp on Wednesday. Why? Two of Section 9’s heaviest hitters came face to face: That would be J-Rod and J-Rod. Of course, there is your favorite sportswriter, that would be me, Justin Rodriguez of Varsity845 fame. Or something like that. Then there is [...]

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VC quarterback Kenny Gray talks about wide open Class AA Div. II

MONTGOMERY – Up for grabs: That would be the best way to describe the race in Class AA Division II entering the season. It could be the most wide open league in Section 9. Think about it: Who is the favorite? Depends who you talk to. Seemingly four teams can win the division, Washingtonville, Valley [...]

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On the camp trail: Marlboro, the three-time defending Class B champs

MARLBORO – I took a trip to title town, also known as Marlboro, to catch up with the Iron Dukes during camp. Marlboro is the three-time defending Section 9 Class B champion, reaching the state semifinals the past two seasons. Of course, the Iron Dukes are gunning for a fourth title in a row, and [...]

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Video: Meet Cornwall’s new quarterback, Jason Bailey

CORNWALL – Last year was the year of the quarterback in Section 9, at least, that’s what I dubbed it. And ran with it. Still, last year produced, perhaps, the best lineup of quarterbacks in the history of Section 9. From Mike White, to Ryan Cary, to Kevin Carr, to Donovan Fields, to Vinny Aloi [...]

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Camp report: Chester (with video interviews)

CHESTER – In what has become a tradition, my first stop on my Varsity845 preseason football tour, the 2014 edition, was Chester. Hitting Chester first makes sense for a lot of reasons: The perennial Class D power starts preseason practice bright and early, Chester coach Ron Stover and his assistants and players are always accommodating, [...]

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V845 preseason football rankings: NFA opens the season No. 1

It’s the moment you have all been waiting for: The Varsity845 preseason football rankings. Newburgh, last year’s Section 9 Class AA runner-ups, opens the year in the top spot. Why? Because the Goldbacks are loaded: From running backs Anthony Dubose, Aaron Forbes abd Natore Dennis, to linebacker Will Dencker, to an experienced and steady offensive [...]

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MW’s Kaffenberger and Gennett talk about 2014 season

Talk about dangerous two-way threats in Section 9 and you have to mention Monroe-Woodbury’s Cole Gennett and Jesse Kaffenberger. Both established themselves as prime time players last season, leading the Crusaders to the Class AA state championship game. Gennett, a bruiser, played running back and linebacker. Meanwhile, Kaffenberger made plays at wide receiver and defensive [...]

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Coaches Mike and Bernie Connolly reunited on field for 7-on-7 game

CENTRAL VALLEY – It’s become a familiar scene at Monroe-Woodbury’s football field. There was Monroe-Woodbury coach Bernie Connolly directing his charges near midfield with his son, Mike, at his side on Tuesday night. Except, unlike previous years, Mike Connolly wasn’t there to lead his dad’s defense. Mike Connolly is now the head coach of another [...]

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Several Division I football assistant coaches set for NFA coaches clinic

The lineup is impressive with several Division I schools represented. Coaches from Army, Boston College and Pittsburgh, among other teams, will be at Academy Field for the Section 9 Football Clinic, hosted by Newburgh’s football program. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and feature several speakers. Coaches from Newburgh, [...]

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Ed Van Curen: “Kevin Ross didn’t want me on staff any longer”

According to Ed Van Curen, new John S. Burke Catholic football coach Kevin Ross called for his firing, which was orchestrated on Monday. After leading Burke Catholic to the Section 9 Class C championship last season, Van Curen was demoted to defensive coordinator last month, and replaced by Ross. Van Curen was let go in [...]

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