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Eight-man season ready to kick off

By Anthony Morgano
Posted 9/10/21

SULLIVAN COUNTY - As summer winds down and students are returning back to school, the start of fall sports has arrived. A culmination of summer practices and scrimmages will come together this week …

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SULLIVAN COUNTY - As summer winds down and students are returning back to school, the start of fall sports has arrived. A culmination of summer practices and scrimmages will come together this week as most of the county schools are primed to make their 2021 season debuts.

As the first full weekend of high school football is upon us, here’s a breakdown of what to expect as six county schools host games ...

Tonight’s games

Dover at Fallsburg, 6:30 p.m.

Fallsburg is looking to put their best foot forward tonight in their season opener against Dover.
Fallsburg finished 0-2 in last year’s shortened season.

Spackenkill @ SW, 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs finished second in their division last year, losing to Roscoe/LM twice. With the new season set to begin, expect them to try and build off of last season’s success.

Tomorrow’s matchups

Port Jervis @ Liberty, 1:30 p.m.

Liberty finished 0-4 last season but will look to put that in the past with this week’s only high school league football game against Port Jervis. The two teams did not play each other last season, so they will re-ignite the rivalry this Saturday.

Liberty is the only football team in the county that played last week. They suffered a 32-6 loss to Highland on Saturday, so they will be looking to get back in the win column.

Wallkill @ Monticello, 1:30 p.m.

The second of four football games around the county this Saturday, Monticello will be hosting Wallkill for their season opener. Monticello finished with one win last season, a victory over Liberty in their season finale. Monticello will look to continue that win streak Saturday afternoon.

Onteora @ Tri-Valley, 1:30 p.m.

Tri-Valley ended their season last year hovering right around the .500 mark, and with Kevin Crudele taking over as the new head coach with Greg Botsford stepping down, the team will look to improve upon last year’s record.

The non-league matchup will give the new head coach and new Tri-Valley team an opportunity to stand out.

Pawling @ Roscoe/Livingston Manor/Downsville, 1:30 p.m.

Wrapping up Saturday’s action is a rematch of last season’s Section 9 Eight-Man Football Championship.
The Blue Devils, who finished 4-0-1, will host Pawling. Pawling shut out Roscoe’s high powered offense in the championship, defeating them 34-0.

Roscoe will look to avenge that loss in front of the home crowd this Sunday.
Ahead of Tomorrow’s matchup, Roscoe Coach Mike Hill said, “This game is going to be a chance for the new group of guys to step up and gain some experience, and we’re looking forward to a good, competitive game.”

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