SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Most pundits predicted that Monticello would get off to an 0-3 start after losing 40-7 to Class AA Pine Bush in week one. But the Panthers shocked Section 9’s third-ranked Class AA behemoth Minisink Valley (M-V), defeating the Warriors 37-28 with 533 yards of total offense.
Quarterback Shane Jackson was 26/183 yards on the ground and threw for 12/21/233 yards, as Anthony Gray hauled in a trio of TD passes. Monticello led 25-7 early in the third quarter before the resurgent Warriors scored 21 unanswered points. The Monties defied the adversity to score twice more by game’s end while holding M-V at bay. Monticello’s line play on both sides of the ball was outstanding. Monticello (1-1) will travel to Cornwall (2-0) on September 17 to face the daunting Dragons in their first league encounter.
Sullivan West hoped to make its home opener a joyous one as they took on Class D Chester in a non-league tilt. The Dawgs opened with a 62-yard jaunt by Tom Mootz, but Chester senior Saxon Smith answered with a 67-yard score. By night’s end, Smith would tally six touchdowns and 331 rushing yards as Chester defeated the Bulldogs 42-28. Bulldog TDs came from Kitt Borowski on a 41-yard pass from E.J. Franskevicz, a 30-yard run by Mootz and a 44-yard fumble recovery from Sawyer Erlwein. The Bulldogs (1-1) host Ellenville in Lake Huntington on 9/16 for their first league game.
Eldred blanked Fallsburg 32-0. Jordan Tice had 117 rushing yards and an 80-yard kickoff return. Anthony Margarum had a pair of TDs and Adam Schoch added a score for the Yellow Jackets (1-1). Fallsburg fell to 0-2. Eldred hosts Livingston Manor/Roscoe (LM/R) under the lights on September 15.
Liberty improved to 2-0 with a resounding 42-6 win over LM/R.
Marshon Williams had 10 carries for 66 yards and threw a TD pass to Ryan Henry. Anthony Covington rushed for 90 yards and had a 29-yard TD run. Fallsburg transfer Kenny Jaycox scored on a 73-yard run. Mike Mills provided LM/R with its only score. Liberty hosts O’Neill in a league clash on September 17.
Tri-Valley (1-1, 1-0 Class C) beat Pine Plains 20-0. Cody Exner rushed for two TDs and Joe Mickelson added another in the league win. Exner was 9/87 yards on the ground and scored on runs of 31 and eight yards. Mickelson (13/54) scored on an eight-yard jaunt. Tri-Valley travels to Chester (2-0) on September 16.
In girls soccer action, LM/R defeated T-V 3-2 while O’Neill beat Monticello 10-1. In boys soccer, it was Eldred 6, T-V 2; O’Neill 11, MHS 1; and Port Jervis 4, SW 2.
Monticello completed a volleyball sweep of Sullivan West, winning the match 3-1. The prior week, the Monties won 3-0.
This week’s boys soccer: Burke at SW, Seward at Eldred, Cornwall at MHS (9/12); MHS at Liberty, Chapel Field at T-V (9/14). In cross country: T-V, SW and Liberty at Monticello (9/13).