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Crusaders Take Down Top-Seed, Five-Time Defending Champ Newburgh

KINGSTON – On a day of upsets, the Monroe-Woodbury High School football team hearkened back to yesteryear and pulled off the biggest one of all.

Remember the days of earlier this decade when they were the hunters, the fourth-seeded Crusaders stunned five-time defending Section 9, Class AA champion, beating the top-seeded and previously unbeaten Goldbacks 20-16 in Saturday’s semifinals.

Monroe-Woodbury will play No. 2 Pine Bush on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. at Faller Field in Middletown for the championship. The Bushmen were impressive in a 35-13 semifinal win over Washingtonville.

Trailing 16-13, Monroe-Woodbury won it when quarterback Anthony Campione threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Sean Nealy with under two minutes to play.

Campione was 13-for-21 for 152 yards and two touchdowns. His other TD pass went to Cam Adams, who also had an interception. Campione also rushed for 24 yards. Pete Mastropolo had 12 rushes for 71 yards

Monroe-Woodbury turned in a phenomenal defensive effort to slow down NFA’s dynamic offense. Anthony Piazza and Jack Rumler both had fumble recoveries, the latter’s after a big sack by Anthony Maiorino.

And on special teams, Ed Fenessy hit field goals of 18 and 28 yards, and drilled both of his extra point attempts.



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