Friday, September 6 at Cornwall Central Middle School
On Friday night, Sept. 6, the Crusaders traveled to Cornwall to face the defending Class A State Champion Dragons.
The Crusaders and the Dragons have kept the Section 9 coaching carousel busy over the off season.
Crusader Head Coach Ryan Baldock left to takeover the Dragons and James Sciarra returned to the Crusaders to take over as the head coach after leaving to work with Warwick and Burke Catholic.
The Dragons opened the scoring in the first quater with a 33-yard field goal. But the Monroe-Woodbury defense responded and held Cornwall off the scoreboard the rest of the half.
In the second quarter, with the Dragons threatening, Crusader, CJ Gullotta made leaping interception and the Crusaders seized the momentum. A 32-yard pass from QB Anthony Campione to Camron Adams on third and long kept the Crusaders drive going. Then with 5:27 left in the half, Edward Fennessy hit a 37-yard field goal to tie the score.
As the rain began to fall, the Crusaders had good reason to be optimistic. They had battled the state champs to the half with a 3-3 score.
The Dragons took over in the third quarter and scored touchdowns on their first two possessions to take a 17-3 lead. Cornwall increased its lead to 21 with 15-yard touchdown run with 4:54 left in the game.
But the young Crusader team did not give up. With about two minutes left in the game drove down the field where Peter Mastropolo punched it in to make the finale score 24-10. The Crusaders loss makes their record 0-1 on the season.
Their next game will be on Friday night at home when they will play Pine Bush - the first game on the newly renovated home field.
- William Dimmit