(WBNG Binghamton) Here's a look at our top defensive players for 2011.
One coach said he could just as easily been the pick on offense, but in class "B" Chenango Valley's Adam Greene had opponents fearing the beard late in the season.
He led his team in tackles, added 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery and seemed to have a nose for the ball.
Combined with his twin Dustin in the defensive backfield, CV was a tough team to move the ball on.
Binghamton had a few players stand out defensively, with Kareem Leaver among the very best, but the Patriots defensive anchor was Billy Pichura.
He had over 100 tackles on the season, and he forced two fumbles and recovered 3.
His best performance came in the sectional finals when he accounted for 13 tackles on his own, and the next week against West Genessee he had 14 tackles and knocked down 2 passes.
In class "A" Union-Endicott's Troy Beddoe was a force to be reckoned with.
A 3 year starter for the Tigers, he showed power, and speed, never
more so that in the Tigers rivalry game with Vestal.
Beddoe not only intercepted 2 passes from the Bears, he ran both back for touchdowns.
In class "D" Walton has been built on solid defense for 30 years, and it was that way again this season with 2-way standout Mike Beers.
Not only their most effective runner, Beers dominated on the other side of the ball as well.
And in class "C" Waverly made headlines with their offense, but it was a stingy defense that took them to the state final 4.
And that group was lead by senior Jon Duvall.
His Wolverines post 7 shutouts on the season, and Duvall led that group in tackles and sacks.