And never the twain shall meet
Since losing 21-0 to O’Neill on September 14, a game in which the Indians trailed by a single score heading into the fourth quarter, Liberty has torn off six straight wins from its 1-2 start, including league thrashings of Burke, Dover and Onteora. Liberty led 21-18 at the half as Millbrook had closed the gap with an 88-yard aerial strike from QB Jonathan Crane to Joe Daley just before the break. But a kickoff recovery by Offensive MVP Atwoun Ackerley would give the Indians a chance to set the tone as Quinn Jackson hit Ryan Henry on a 22-yard strike over the middle for the 28-18 lead. Millbrook never entered the red zone again. Henry rushed for 99 yards on 13 carries and caught two TD passes. He was five for five on PATS. Liberty allowed Nasi to rush for 257 yards and three TDs in their early season encounter, but Liberty will no doubt go to school on the videotaped air show deployed in the win over SW.
At the OCIAA Cross-Country Championships at Bear Mountain on October 26, Eldred’s Alex Campanella (15:59.56), Sullivan County’s top finisher, came in eighth. Sullivan West’s Reed Scott (16:23.24) was 15th. Tri-Valley’s Autumn Bender (18:58.42) was 12th as the top lady from Sullivan County. Tri-Valley’s girls were sixth overall out of the 18 contending schools. The Section 9 Championships will be staged at Bear Mountain on November 2.
In the Section 9 boys soccer playoffs, Sullivan West lost its opening round game to Onteora 5-0, while Liberty fell to Spackenkill 2-1. Fallsburg downed Tuxedo 1-0 in OT. In girls soccer playoff games, Sullivan West fell to O’Neill 6-1, while the Monticello Lady Panthers lost to Red Hook 8-0. Eldred defeated Webutuck 1-0.