Hudson Valley Sports Report


Dragons Will Go Back To Defend Class A State Championship

KINGSTON – Cornwall High School football hit the jackpot with its 21st consecutive victory on Friday night, but the Dragons have their eyes on a bigger prize.

A second straight New York State championship.

Cornwall surged in the second half and beat Minisink Valley, 44-20, to take the title at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.

The Dragons open states next weekend against the Section 2 (Albany area) champion in a state quarterfinal. Queensbury plays Troy on Saturday to determine the opponent, a game that Cornwall coach Ryan Baldock no doubt will be scouting.

But he’ll enjoy this one for now.

“The kids bought into what we were trying to do and it showed,” the first-year coach said. “We had a couple of sacks and locked up well in the secondary, and we just turned the ball over to the offense and let them go to work.”

Louie Francese continued his magic for Cornwall having shifted over to quarterback from wide receiver in the wake of the injury to star signal-caller Aidan Semo.

Francese is turning into a standout himself at the position. He completed 11 passes in 15 attempts for 244 yards and four touchdowns. Three of the TDs and 158 of the yards went to Mike Alfieri.

“Alfieri really stood out tonight,” Baldock said. “He had an amazing game receiving, and we asked him to lock up their best receiver and he did just that.”

Amin Woods rushed for 85 yards.



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