(WBNG Binghamton) They are often overlooked, but certainly never under appreciated.
After all, defense wins championships.
After consulting with coaches from across section 4, we honor the 5 that
stand out as the defensive MVP's of the high school football season.
While their offense was fast paced, spread out and no huddle, the defense of the Binghamton Patriots was meat and potatoes, lead by junior middle linebacker Joe Crowley.
He had 3 sacks on the year, but was best at chasing the ball from sideline to sideline, finishing the season with a team high 115 tackles, including a team best 87 solo tackles.
In class "D" Carter Jackson was a handful on the offensive line, but on defense he was dominating.
At defensive tackle, the 6-foot 260 pound junior was able to either take up blockers in the middle or beat them himself for a shot at a tackle for loss himself.
And like the rest of the starting line, he'll be back next season as well.
In class "C" his team didn't win a title, but you can't blame Mike Beckwith. The Greene senior was one of the top rushers on the team, but dominated the game from his linebacker position.
He led the Trojans with 98 tackles, and 25 solo stops.
Another multi threat player was Vestal's Pat Carlin.
Listed as a tight end, but carrying the ball in tough yardage situations, the junior was just as difficult on the defensive side.
The linebacker is the rare combination of speed and power. Something he regularly displays on the lacrosse field as well, where he has already committed to play for the Syracuse Orange.
Last, but certainly not least is Maine-Endwell senior Jake Haddock.
The two way lineman helped the Spartans win back to back state titles with his dominating play up front.
With speed behind him, the 6-foot-1 280 pound defensive tackle was always the starting point for opponents game plans.
A first-team all state player as a junior, he a lock to repeat, and next will play up front for Penn in the Ivy League.