Tough back and forth ends in Crusaders loss to Minisink Warriors

Slate Hill. The Crusaders came out of the game with a 1-2 record, having lost the previous game to Cicero North.

| 20 Sep 2022 | 05:22

The Crusaders football team traveled to Slate Hill to take on the Warriors of Minisink Valley High School on Friday, Sept. 16. The Crusaders entered the game with a 1-1 record after dropping last weeks game to Cicero North 28-14. The Warriors entered the game with a 0-1 record after loosing to Port Jervis 20-19.

The Warriors took advantage of the Crusaders poor field position in the first quarter, when they stopped them in their own end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead. In the second quarter, the Crusaders offense drove down the field and scored on a 2-yard run by Erik Shamgod. Quincy Banker’s pat put Monroe back on top 7-2.

The Warriors answered right back when Ethan Gallo scored on a 20- yard run and they took an 8-7 lead into the half. The Crusaders took the lead in the third quarter when Ty Daniel scored on a 12-yard run the pat gave the Crusaders a 14-8 lead.

Gallo, who had a big day for the Warriors (30 carries for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns) put the Warriors back in the lead for good with his second score of the game half way thru the fourth quarter. When the Warriors added a 2-point conversion they took the lead 16-14.

Late in the fourth quarter Gallo again broke through the Crusaders defense and took off on a 40-yard touchdown to give the Warriors a 22-14 victory.

The Crusaders’ loss brings their season record to 1-2. Their next game will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday when they host the Bulldogs of Beacon.