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CORNWALL RALLY EXTENDS WIN STREAK

Defending State Champs Hold Off Pine Bush Upset Bid

CORNWALL – If Cornwall High School makes another run to the state football title, as the Dragons did last year, they’ll look back on Friday night as their signature game of the season.

With star quarterback Aidan Semo sidelined in the second quarter with a shoulder injury, Louie Francese slid over from his receiver position and helped Cornwall stave off an upset bid from Pine Bush with a 38-35 victory.

“Louie did a great job,” said Dragons coach Ryan Baldock, who did not elaborate on Semo’s injury. “He stepped in and the offense didn’t miss a beat. We were thrilled with the way he and the rest of the team responded to adversity.”

Cornwall won its 17th consecutive game as Francese threw for 82 yards and ran for 40, including a seven-yard score with 2:21 left in the game to give the team the come-from-behind win.

Moments later, defensive lineman Orlando Carthens jumped on a Pine Bush fumble to effectively end the game.

Semo threw for 118 yards before exiting the game and running back Amin Woods ran for 147 yards.

“That was an ultimate team win,” Baldock said. “They battled through adversity and fought to win for each other. We made a few big plays when it came down to crunch time and that was the difference.”

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