Kingston shows im­prove­ment in de­feat

New­burgh spoils Se­nior night for the Tigers with 36-16 victory to take 53-52-5 series lead

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

Se­nior night pro­vided Kingston High’s foot­ball team with its best show­ing of the year, but New­burgh Free Academy’s fast and elu­sive run­ners proved too much Fri­day night as the Gold­backs won the 110th meet­ing of the two ri­vals 36-16 at Di­etz Sta­dium.

New­burgh has won the last four games against the Tigers and now has a 53-52-5 lead in a series that be­gan back in 1915.

Jadon Mun­roe rushed 10 times for 181 yards and four touch­downs to lead the (4-0, 5-2) Gold­backs, who had al­ready clinched the Sec­tion 9, Class AA Di­vi­sion I title. New­burgh has the sec­ond seed and a bye in next week’s quar­ter­fi­nals and will play the win­ner of Min­isink Val­ley-Pine Bush in the semi­fi­nals.

Kingston got a tremen­dous per­for­mance by ju­nior JaVar Tins­ley, who car­ried the ball 25 times for 153 yards and one touch­down to lead the win­less Tigers. Kingston fin­ishes 0-4 in the di­vi­sion and is now 0-7. The team has a crossover game next week, pos­si­bly at Roo­sevelt on Fri­day. Sec­tion 9 will re­lease the full crossover sched­ule early this week.

New­burgh had the lead just 21 sec­onds into the game. Terry An­der­son’s 71-yard kick­off re­turn had the Gold­backs on the Kingston 14 to start and Mun­roe scored on the first play. He later scored again on a 57-yard sprint. Kicker

Pete Matthews, who booted four ex­tra points, lofted a 2-point con­ver­sion pass to Wayne Mur­ray for a 15-0 lead with five min­utes left in the first quar­ter.

It be­came 29-0 af­ter Chris Mon­roe, who rushed for 85 yards over­all, scored on a 1-yard burst early in the sec­ond quar­ter and Mun­roe raced 49 yards for his third TD.

Reid Jor­dan made a beau­ti­ful over-the-shoul­der grab for an in­ter­cep­tion just be­fore NFA’s fourth touch­down, but the catch was negated as he made it just as he stepped out of bounds. The se­nior cor­ner­back had the tim­ing down though and, on the Gold­backs’ next possession, made a run­ning pick of a Ryan Skiv­ing­ton pass just be­fore step­ping onto the Tiger side­line.

The Jor­dan high­light reel con­tin­ued two plays later when he made a text­book two-handed, feet-just-in­bounds re­cep­tion on Manny Wil­son’s 36yard pass. Tins­ley bar­reled twice for 11 yards to put the ball in­side the NFA 5. Wil­son then swept left and dove for the py­lon for a 3-yard TD. Se­nior Cameron Tiano sprinted to his right on a 2-point con­ver­sion to have Kingston down 29-8 at the half.

“That’s a great New­burgh team. Let me say that. A class act. Fast and big,” Kingston coach Nick Badalato re­marked, ”And, hon­estly, our kids stepped up. This is the best game I can say that they had men­tally, phys­i­cally, just play­ing it right. There were not as many penal­ties.”

Kingston’s de­fense played much bet­ter in the sec­ond half, hold­ing NFA to 71 yards. The Gold­backs’ fi­nal TD was Mun­roe’s 4-yard run 4:23 into the fi­nal half.

The Tigers had five takeaways: in­ter­cep­tions by Jor­dan and Mikah Short, plus three fum­ble re­cov­er­ies, in­clud­ing one each by Josh Proner and Jonte Wright. Three of the turnovers came in the last two quar­ters.

Kingston stopped New­burgh on downs at the Tiger 28 early into the fourth period, then marched the other way in eight plays for its sec­ond touch­down.

With Wil­son in­jured and Jor­dan fill­ing in at quar­ter­back, Tins­ley did the heavy lift­ing. He had runs of 8, 4, 21, 1, 2 and 15 yards. A per­sonal foul was tacked on to that last carry, then Tins­ley raced 11 yards for the score with 3:13 to play. Tiano sprinted to his left this time on a fake kick for an­other 2-point play.

“They left it all out there tonight,” Badalato said. “It’s not easy. It’s not easy be­ing just 30 kids and un­der­sized, but they bring it. They brought it. I’m very proud of them.”

PHO­TOS BY TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Kingston’s de­fense takes down New­burgh’s Bobby Ran­dall in the sec­ond quar­ter of Tigers’ loss to Gold­backs.

New­burgh’s Chris Mon­roe stiff-arms Kingston’s Tyquan Wat­son dur­ing Gold­backs’ 36-16 victory at Di­etz Sta­dium.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Kingston’s JaVar Tins­ley is tack­led by New­burg’s Dakoda Drum­mond

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