Roo­sevelt de­feats Kingston in over­time

Tigers tie game late but Pres­i­dents’ win spoils home­com­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Stribl mstribl@free­manon­ @MStribl on Twit­ter

Kingston High forced over­time, but when it failed to score on its pos­ses­sion, a de­pleted Roo­sevelt squad went to a third quar­ter­back op­tion. And it im­me­di­ately paid off. Ju­nior backup Tyler VanS­teen­burgh slung a 20yard touch­down pass on the Pres­i­dents’ first play of OT to Nowah Rosado to win, 19-13, spoil­ing Kingston’s home­com­ing foot­ball game.

“He hasn’t worked once this year (at quar­ter­back). He’s just a good ath­lete,” Roo­sevelt coach Brian Bellino said. “Once we got the stop on them in over­time, it was coach (Nick) Clair, who runs our of­fense, who said, ‘Let’s take a shot. Get Tyler in there and have him throw it up and we got an ath­letic wide re­ceiver in Nowah Rosado.”

VanS­teen­burgh rolled out and found Rosado po­si­tion­ing him­self just in­side the end zone for the game-winner.

E.J. Bu­dai ran for 67 yards and two TDs and Matt Amone rushed for 94 to lead (3-2) Roo­sevelt in the Sec­tion 9, Class AA game.

It spoiled an in­spired per­for­mance by (0-5) Kingston, which tied the game with 2:22 left on JaVar Tins­ley’s 3-yard run. An FDR de­fender got a hand on Jack McDonough’s

point-af­ter kick, which sailed wide, to keep the game dead­locked. Kingston got the ball first in OT, but the Pres­i­dents held firm and McDonough missed on a 31-yard field goal try.

“It’s a great game to be in. You just hate to be in on the wrong side. Our kids played awe­some,” said Kingston coach Nick Badalato, whose team had to for­feit last week’s home­com­ing at Mon­roe-Wood­bury be­cause of in­juries and player sus­pen­sions.

“(As­sis­tant) coach (Ken) Beesmer said this: They brought some dig­nity back from last week. I ap­pre­ci­ated it and I’m sure the fans ap­pre­ci­ated it,” Badalato said about the way his team played. “This was the first time they re­ally be­lieved at the end.”

Tins­ley ran 21 times for 134 yards and two TDs and Chuck Robin­son, play­ing quar­ter­back, rushed 14 times for 129 yards to lead Kingston. The Tigers had not scored an of­fen­sive point this sea­son, but that mat­ter was set­tled in the first quar­ter. Kingston’s first drive stalled at the FDR 25, but the Tiger de­fense forced a three-and-out and the Tigers had the ball at mid­field. Tins­ley then snapped off a 30-yard run, set­ting up an 11-yard sweep that had his team lead­ing 7-0. The lead lasted less than a minute. Two plays later, Bu­dai raced 56 yards up the mid­dle to tie.

Roo­sevelt went ahead mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter. Line­backer Tyler Nor­man re­cov­ered a high snap at the Tiger 27

and Bu­dai later cashed it in with a 1-yard plunge.

A Tins­ley third-quar­ter TD run was negated by a hold­ing penalty and the Tigers fum­bled the ball away on the next play as the game stayed at 13-7 for much of the sec­ond half.

“We were run­ning out of a lot of guys. We were down two or three line­men. I lost a line­backer in the first quar­ter,” noted Bellino, who saw start­ing quar­ter­back Justin Guer­rero go down as the third pe­riod ended.

“Once we lost a cou­ple of guys, we weren’t run­ning the ball like we were ear­lier in the game. It was a very dif­fi­cult sec­ond half for us,” he said. “We took our tail­back (Amone) and put him at quar­ter­back and our full­back was the line­backer who was out. It was a hodge­podge mess, but they fought. We played great de­fense the whole game ex­cept for one or two plays. Get­ting a semi-block on the (point af­ter touch­down), when they could have taken the lead there, was huge. The guys stepped up big time tonight.”

The Pres­i­dents ap­peared to be one play away from clinch­ing the win in the fourth, but the Tiger de­fense held its own.

With 2:40 re­main­ing, Robin­son rolled right, then cut back, break­ing loose for a 57-yard run be­fore be­ing knocked out of bounds at the FDR 3. Tins­ley scored on the next play to tie.

“The de­fense also played their guts out. They gave us the ball when we needed the ball back,” Badalato said, “and Chuckie comes up with the big run when every­thing seemed lost.”

Amone raced 76 yards to get to the Kingston 13 with less than a minute left in reg­u­la­tion. The Pres­i­dents gave a hint of what was to come when VanS­teen­burgh ran on a fake field goal. He was look­ing for Rosado, but got chased down be­fore he could throw as the clock ran out.

“It’s al­ways so tough, be­cause they just played their guts out,” Badalato said. “You re­ar­range things and, re­ally, they did a great job. Chuckie first time back at QB and what a fan­tas­tic job he did.

“Gosh, they played so well. You have your mis­takes. That’s bound to hap­pen when you put stuff in in four days.

“We all know that close foot­ball games al­ways come down to those two or three plays that you say, ‘What if?’ You could talk about muffed snaps. You can talk about missed kicks. You can talk about tack­les, one blown as­sign­ment. That’s al­ways how close games are and that’s what makes this game so spe­cial,” Badalato added.

“It’s 48 min­utes and it comes down to maybe two or three plays. That’s why it’s so spe­cial and that is why it is so tough when you lose those games like this.”


Kingston’s Charles Robin­son looks to break free from Roo­sevelt de­fender dur­ing Tigers’ 19-13 OT loss.

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