Kingston dealt 6th straight de­feat

Mid­die Bears run for 293 yards to rout (0-6) Tigers in Sec­tion 9, Class AA con­test

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

KINGSTON >> The rush­ing of Mid­dle­town’s Reg­gie Steed and Shane Rosa proved too much for Kingston High’s foot­ball team Fri­day night.

Steed ran for 126 yards and three touch­downs and Rosa, the quar­ter­back, had 103 yards and one TD on 13 car­ries to lead the

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Mid­die Bears to a 31-7 vic­tory over the win­less Tigers in a Sec­tion 9, Class AA Di­vi­sion I con­test at Di­etz Sta­dium.

Mid­dle­town (1-3 di­vi­sion, 3-3 over­all) had 293 yards on the ground and was in con­trol soon af­ter snap­ping a 7-7 tie in the sec­ond quar­ter. The Bears led 19-7 at half­time.

Kingston’s de­fense held Mid­dle­town in check un­til with eight min­utes re­main­ing.

The Tiger of­fense, how­ever, could never get on track.

With Chuck Robin­son (torn lig­a­ments in left an­kle dur­ing last week’s loss to Roo­sevelt) side­lined, Kingston’s op­tions were lim­ited. Manny Wil­son, who was back at quar­ter­back, ran 21 times for 108 yards and JaVar Tins­ley had 11 car­ries for 20 hard yards plus one touch­down to lead a team that man­aged just five first downs.

Kingston fell to 0-6 over­all and 0-3 in the di­vi­sion.

“The first half we played great. Ob­vi­ously the of­fense is go­ing to strug­gle. We know that and Chuckie’s out. We knew that was go­ing to hap­pen,” Kingston

coach Nick Badalato said.

“We played good ball. That was frus­trat­ing, be­cause they re­ally played them well. And then it self de­struc­ted.”

Steed put Mid­dle­town ahead mid­way through the first quar­ter with a 4-yard TD run.

A pair of shanked Mid­die punts gave Kingston pos­ses­sion at the Mid­dle­town 40 on back-to-back pos­ses­sions. The Tigers couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize on the first bid, but cashed in on the sec­ond. Wil­son’s 31yard fourth-down scram­ble had Kingston on the Mid­dle­town 2 and Tins­ley scored on the next play to tie with 7:01 left in the half.

A pair of face mask and an un­sports­man­like penal­ties against the Tigers ac­counted for more than half of a 66-yard an­swer­ing drive. Steed weaved 11 yards to snap the tie with 5:23 re­main­ing be­fore half­time. He made it 19-7 when he scored on a 4-yard run up the mid­dle with 28 sec­onds left.

The score re­mained that way un­til a Steed block sprung Rosa for a 55-yard TD sprint mid­way through the fourth quar­ter. On the en­su­ing kick­off, Steed punched the ball loose, Je­niel Foster re­cov­ered and Taj Ali later cap­i­tal­ized with an 11-yard touch­down run.

Los­ing the ver­sa­tile Robin­son — who is wide re­ceiver/ backup quar­ter­back/de­fen­sive back/kick re­turner — hurt Kingston in all as­pects of the game.

“He’s a big piece of our de­fense and our of­fense. We got TQ (ju­nior Tyquan Wat­son) go­ing both ways. We got these young kids who are sub­bing in,” noted Badalato, whose play­ers have lit­er­ally be­come a small band of broth­ers. They wear a “30” on the side of their hel­mets to sig­nify just how many are on the var­sity ros­ter.

“We’re just go­ing to keep on work­ing,” Badalato said. “That’s all we can do.”

Things don’t get any eas­ier. Next Fri­day’s last sched­uled home game is against (42) New­burgh Free Academy, which beat pre­vi­ously un­beaten Mon­roe-Wood­bury 28-7 Fri­day to clinch the Di­vi­sion I ti­tle. Mid­dle­town Kingston First Quar­ter M—Steed 4 run (Ali kick) Sec­ond Quar­ter K—Tins­ley 2 run (McDonough kick) M—Steed 11 run (kick failed) M—Steed 4 run (run failed) Fourth Quar­ter M—Rosa 55 run (kick failed) M—Ali 11 run (kick failed) —— Rush­ing M—Steed 18-126, Rosa 13-103, Ali 6-48, Keyshawn 2-8, Korne­gay 3-8, Moreno 1-(-)2; K—Wil­son 21-108, Tins­ley 11-20. Pass­ing M—Rosa 1-4-0, 27 yards; K—Wil­son 0-5-0. Re­ceiv­ing M—Galarza 1-27. Team records: Mid­dle­town 1-3 Class AA Di­vi­sion I, 3-3 over­all; Kingston 0-3 Class AA Di­vi­sion I, 0-6 over­all. 7 12 0 12—31 0 7 0 0— 7

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Mid­dle­town’s Reg­gie Steed breaks a tackle at­tempt by Kingston’s Peter Collins dur­ing Mid­die Bears’ 31-7 vic­tory over Tigers.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Kingston quar­ter­back Manny Wil­son looks for run­ning room dur­ing Tigers’ loss to Mid­dle­town on Fri­day.

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