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CORNWALL, BALDOCK WIN EMOTIONAL OPENER

New Coach Beats Old Team

CORNWALL – This was always going to be difficult.

From the moment he left, to the moment the schedule came out, to the moment the ball kicked off Friday night.

New Cornwall High School football coach Ryan Baldock began his tenure at the helm of the Dragons by facing his former team, Monroe-Woodbury, in an emotional 24-10 victory to open the season.

“It was definitely a tough day to describe. A lot of emotions leading up to kickoff,” said Baldock, whose team broke away from a 3-3 game at halftime to earn its 13th consecutive victory, including last year’s New York State Class A championship. “I couldn’t be prouder of the way our guys responded in the second half. I felt like we showed some grit.”

Amin Woods broke free for a 39-yard touchdown run in the third quarter on a fourth down play to snap the tie and send the Dragons off to the victory. Woods had 23 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Aidan Semo was 12-for-18 for 127 yards.

Monroe-Woodbury played terrific football for its own new coach, James Sciarra, especially after Sciarra noted that 88% of his team had never played in a varsity game before and the Crusaders had a rough scrimmage last Saturday.

But quarterback Anthony Campione accounted for 230 total yards to keep the Crusaders in it, which wasn’t lost on his former coach.

“Give coach Sciarra and his boys credit, they came to play,” Baldock said. “Both programs are so similar as they both have a ton of really hard-working, committed kids who are good football players – and, more importantly, good people.”

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