Week­end show­downs for top 4 area teams

Area’s top teams — New Paltz, Marl­boro, Sauger­ties, Red Hook — to square off in two games

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

New Paltz, Marl­boro, Sauger­ties and Red Hook are set for a pair of foot­ball show­downs this week­end.

The local area’s top four high school foot­ball teams square off in two big games this week­end.

New Paltz is at Marl­boro tonight in a bat­tle for first place in Sec­tion 9, Class B Di­vi­sion I. On Satur­day, un­de­feated Sauger­ties plays host to Red Hook in its an­nual home­com­ing Mum Bowl.

Af­ter com­ing so close to a first vic­tory last week, Kingston will try once again tonight when it is home to Mid­dle­town at Di­etz Sta­dium.

The Tigers take on the Mid­die Bears at 7 p.m., New Paltz vs. Marl­boro, along with War­wick at Roo­sevelt, Ron­d­out Val­ley at High­land, El­lenville at Spack­enkill and Pine Plains at Dover are all 7 p.m. starts to­day.

Along with the Mum Bowl, an­other 1:30 Satur­day game is Wal­lkill at Mon­ti­cello. TO­DAY Mid­dle­town at Kingston

Kingston (0-2 Class A Divi­son I, 0-5) showed signs of life in its 19-13 over­time loss to Roo­sevelt. The Tigers’ de­fense shut out the Pres­i­dents for the fi­nal 30 min­utes of reg­u­la­tion, al­low­ing for the come­back bid. JaVar Tins­ley rushed for 134 yards and two touch­downs and Chuck Robin­son, play­ing quar­ter­back, ran for 129 to lead Kingston.

Mid­dle­town (0-3, 2-3) started the sea­son with back-to-back wins, but has since lost to New­burgh, Pine Bush and Mon­roe-Wood­bury to see its post­sea­son chances dis­ap­pear. The Bears are led by Jor­dan Bryan, who has rushed for 11 TDs. New Paltz at Marl­boro

The Di­vi­sion I ti­tle and, with it, a first-round bye awaits the

win­ner of this piv­otal show­down. Both teams are 2-0 in the di­vi­sion and 4-1 over­all.

This will truly be a test of de­fenses and lines.

Quar­ter­back Jimmy Ver­ney ran for three touch­downs and passed for an­other in New Paltz’s 48-14 win over High­land. He’s al­ready ac­counted for nearly 1,200 yards, run­ning for 614 yards and 13 TDs and throw­ing for 483. Kenny Ver­ney rushed for a touch­down and Joe DiMarco scored twice in last week’s vic­tory.

Phil DeSan­tis ran for 201 yards, Billy Wil­liamson rushed for 101 plus four TDs and Sam Mon­gelli threw for 216 yards and two scores in a 56-0 win over Ron­d­out Val­ley. War­wick at Roo­sevelt

Roo­sevelt (1-2, 3-2) was banged up for the sec­ond half of the Kingston game and hopes to be healthy for this crit­i­cal Class AA Di­vi­sion II meet­ing against (12, 1-4) War­wick. The win­ner is a strong po­si­tion to nail down the third play­off spot in the di­vi­sion.

War­wick kept its sec­tional hopes alive last week, snap­ping a four-game los­ing streak with a 33-11 win over Val­ley Cen­tral. Ron­d­out at High­land

Ron­d­out (0-3, 2-3) looks to re­bound from its loss to Marl­boro in this Class B Di­vi­sion I game against (0-2, 2-3) High­land.

Ben Hikade threw for 96 yards to lead the Gan­ders ver­sus Marl­boro. Max Vi­dal, who has taken over at quar­ter­back for High­land, threw a pair of late touch­down passes in the Huskies’ loss to New Paltz. High­land has lost two straight since open­ing the sea­son 2-1. El­lenville at Spack­enkill

El­lenville (0-3, 0-5), which lost 34-0 to Pine Plains, now has to deal with a Spack­enkill team on a roll. The (30, 4-1) Spar­tans have won four in a row and scored 147 points in their last three games. Pine Plains at Dover

Pine Plains/Rhinebeck got its first win last week and aims to make it two in a row when the Bombers take on (1-3, 2-3) Dover/ We­bu­tuck in a Class B Di­vi­sion II con­test. Matt Beam had two touch­downs and Hunter Parks ran for 123 yards for Pine Plains in the El­lenville game. A 50-15 de­ci­sion to Lib­erty was Dover’s third straight de­feat. SATUR­DAY Red Hook at Sauger­ties

Red Hook (4-1) played Sauger­ties in the 2015 sea­son fi­nale in what was chris­tened the inau­gu­ral River Bowl. So this non-league game could ac­tu­ally be alled the Mum/River Bowl.

The Raiders learned that they could ad­just if their ground game was stopped in last week’s 26-20 OT Home­com­ing win over Goshen. The Gla­di­a­tors held them to 97 yards rush­ing, but Nick Mor­ris­sey threw for 190, in­clud­ing the gamewin­ner to James Flood, to rally the team.

Sauger­ties (5-0) had a solid out­ing as it held off Wal­lkill 30-23. Sopho­more quar­ter­back Matt Bucci con­tin­ued to im­press, rush­ing for 128 yards and throw­ing one TD to lead the Sawyers.

A vic­tory would give Sauger­ties its most wins since go­ing 6-3 in 2009. Wal­lkill at Mon­ti­cello

Dan Petrow­icz had two TDs and quar­ter­back A.J. Dem­broski ran for 110 yards for (1-2 in Class A, 2-3) Wal­lkill in the loss to Sauger­ties. Mon­ti­cello (04, 0-5) fell 43-6 to Corn­wall last week.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Sam Mon­gelli, right, Billy Wil­liamson and Marl­boro take on New Paltz in a Class B show­down to­day.

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