(WBNG BINGHAMTON) What better way to start with our defensive MVPs than with the beast from Binghamton? Joe Crowley was our defensive M-V-P last season in Class Double-A, and there's no reason for him not to repeat. After being named third-team all-state last season, he had another big year leading the Pats defense.
You hear it all the time...a good defensive player is always around the ball. For Union-Endicott, Lucas DePofi...was always around the ball.
A former Academic All-Star, he also scored 7 touchdowns as a fullback for the Tigers en route to their path to the state semifinals.
Johnson City's Reggie Williams was one of the most feared defenders in Section 4. Also a successful fullback, Williams had a nose for the ball on the defensive side. The Wildcats will certainly miss his presence next season.
Chenango Forks recorded three shut outs this season, including one in the state semifinals. One of their defensive keys was junior linebacker Hunter Luybli. He helped force a game-changing fumble in the state semis -- next challenge, Rye Neck.
Possibly the best sound bite in Section 4 is also the best defender in Class D: Tioga's Carter Jackson. On defense, Jackson helped anchor a unit that shutout four teams this season. He was a leader on and off the field for the Tigers, and for those efforts, he's our Defensive Player of the Year in Class D.