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Week two wonders

Sullivan West junior Karalii Rabii was one of her team’s leaders as she tallied 21 points, two blocks, four kills and four digs against Monticello. The Lady Monties won the match 3-1.

By Richard Ross
September 14, 2011

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.