Thursday, November 14, 2013

Know Thy Enemy: Monroe-Woodbury Football Edition

In our final opponent breakdown before this weekend's batch of football/soccer games, we take on Section IX champion Monroe-Woodbury.

The Crusaders will take on CBA in the Class AA regional final on Saturday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that it isn't freezing out, that press box gets very cold.

Check out all the team details under the cut.

Monroe-Woodbury - Section IX champion, 10-0
Current State Ranking: No. 7
How We Got Here: The Crusaders staged a dramatic, come-from-behind 31-30 victory over Newburgh Free Academy on Saturday night for the sectional title. Senior quarterback Kevin Carr was the dominant force of the final drive, taking his team 83 yards on 11 plays in three minutes to set up the 29 yard game-winning field goal by Matt Paul.
Who To Watch Out For: Kevin Carr. Let's say that again. Kevin. Carr. The senior quarterback is the director of the Monroe-Woodbury offense in every sense of that word. Everything that the Crusaders do goes through him, whether it's a passing game or a rushing attack. He's got a great arm and is also one of the team's leading rushers. In last week's victory he finished with 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns and also threw for 193 yards and another TD. If CBA is going to slow him down, they're going to need to get some pressure on Carr from the get go.
Fun Facts: Both of the teams in tonight's quarterfinal are a little inexperienced on a state stage. Monroe-Woodbury hasn't moved past sectional competition since 2010, while CBA has been away even longer; since 2006. It will be interesting to see how both sets of players adapt to playing on a larger scale.
History Lesson: Last week was the tenth Section IX title for Monroe-Woodbury. The last time they played at this level, they dropped a 32-21 decision to Troy High. Going a little further back, the last time the Crusaders got past the quarterfinals was 2008, when they earned a bye into the Class AA semis. The Crusaders eventually fell 21-17 to Orchard Park in the state championship game.
By The Numbers: The Crusaders have out-scored opponents 407 to 129 this season, recording a perfect season against Section IX opponents. While the offense is certainly the team's strong point, the defense has been putting up some solid stats as well. Last week's 30 points were the most the squad had allowed all season. Prior to that it was 27 in a victory over Kingston.
Last Championship: The Crusaders haven't made a championship appearance since 2008, which the final appearance of a three-year streak. From 2006-2008, Monroe-Woodbury earned a spot in the AA title game, only to lose in three straight games.


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