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Sports > High School >> Football

Seniors superb!

Seven Sullivan County stars leave their mark in Senior Classic

Nov 25, 2019

By Richard Ross - reporter/photographer

Liberty's Kymanni Dennis races upfield for a big gain.
GOSHEN -- It was a night to remember on the gorgeous turf of the Goshen Gladiators' new stadium as seven Sullivan County senior All-Stars took to the field along with 93 other elder-statesmen from Section 9 for the annual clash between the blue-clad National Team and the green-bedecked American team. The majority of our county kids wore the blue National jerseys at last Thursday's contest, and were key in the 28-14 victory over their American rivals.
Tri-Valley's Ethan Shaver and Devin Mullen, along with Sullivan West's Henry Peters, Liberty's Breckin Cheh, Jah-Heam Mitchell and Kymanni Dennis contributed their talent to the winning effort.
Representing the county on the American team was Fallsburg standout Jesse Acevedo. While Shaver, Mitchell and Peters logged time as linebackers, Mullen played on the defensive line and Cheh anchored the offensive line during their shifts. Dennis and Acevedo dutifully carried the ball for their respective teams.

The game is an opportunity for outstanding seniors to play one more game before their high school careers officially end. It is also a chance to play with and against some of the best senior players from across the Section. The National team was comprised of players from Monroe-Woodbury, New Paltz, Newburgh Free Academy, Spackenkill, Saugerties, Tri-Valley, New Paltz, Liberty, John S. Burke, Marlboro, Warwick and Kingston.
The American squad featured players from Goshen, Middletown, Pine Bush, Rondout Valley, Highland, Pawling, FDR, Ellenville, Valley Central, Red Hood, Fallsburg, Onteora, Washingtonville, Chester, and James I. O'Neill.
At the outset of the evening the players were introduced to the appreciative fans. The game itself featured some electrifying pass plays. Kingston quarterback, Chapman Parker, threw a trio of TD passes to Marlboro tight end Freddie Callo, Burke's Brendan Tierney and teammate Justin Longo. Callo who was also the team's kicker had some booming punts in the encounter. Warwick's Joey Fotino ripped off a 64-yard TD run.
American quarterback Matt Giordano threw a 27-yard TD pass to Wallkill's Roman Bird and a 26-yard laser to Ethan Velez of Pine Bush. Middletown's Chris Washington had two interceptions in the game.
At the conclusion of the game, parents and fans mobbed the field to congratulate players and pose for pictures. This was the first year the game was played in Goshen. It was formerly held at Academy Field at NFA. The night was brisk and chilly but the warmth emanated from the players as they said goodbye to their teammates and coaches.

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