Monroe-Woodbury to face NFA in Section 9 title game after 58-33 victory over Pine Bush

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  • Photos by William Dimmit Dylan Wynn (#22) started the scoring on this 34-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

  • Jack Dembia (#11) pulled in this 37-yard TD pass in the first quarter.

  • Monroe-Woodbury QB Steve Campione (#12) scored on this 64-yard run. He amassed 171 yards on the ground in the game.

KINGSTON — On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, the Crusaders started their playoff quest for the Section 9 title when they traveled to Dietz Stadium in Kingston to take on the Pine Bush Bushmen.

The Crusaders entered the game as the No. 2 seed with a 5-3 record.

The two teams had met early in the season with the Crusaders taking 35-14 victory in Pine Bush.

The Crusaders offense took control of the game right from the start when Dylan Wynn scored on a 34-yard TD run on the team's first possession.

The Bushmen answered back when Xavier Martinez scored on a 42-yard TD run.

The Crusaders recovered the lead when QB Steve Campione hit Jack Dembia with a 37-yard touchdown pass and the first quarter ended with the Crusaders holding a 14-7 lead.

The Bushmen made it a one-point game when they scored on a short run after they intercepted a Crusader pass. The Crusaders blocked their extra point so the score stood at 14-13 early in the second quarter.

The Crusaders took over and then scored 17 unanswered points to end the half:

• Peter Mastropolo bulled his way into the end zone on a three-yard TD run;

• Campione hit Danny Abrahams in stride on a 25-yard strike; and

• On the last play of the half, Mike Boyle kicked a 22-yard field goal that was set up by a Camron Adams interception.

That gave the Crusaders a 31-13 half time lead.

The Bushmen opened the third quarter scoring with a one-yard touchdown.

But Crusader QB Campione who was having quite a day scored on a 64-yard football run and the Crusaders maintained their lead.

The Bushmen fought their way back down field and scored again.

But Campione answered them again, this time scoring on a 46-yard run.

Late in the third quarter, the Bushmen turned the ball over on downs, and with 58 seconds left Campione hit Alexander Jaoshvili with a 38-yard TD to give the Crusaders a 51-27.

The Bushmen scored their last points with 8:50 to go in the game on a nine-yard touchdown run.

Mastropolo ended the Crusaders scoring when he burst through the Bushmen’s defense and took off on a 65-yard TD run.

When Boyle added the extra point, the Crusaders had a 58-33 victory.

The Crusaders victory puts them into the Section 9 title game next Saturday at 7 at Dietz Stadium where they will face #1 seed and longtime arch rival the Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks.

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