Quest for 8-0 at stake for Sauger­ties

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

SAUGER­TIES >> The sched­ule says it’s the fi­nal game of the reg­u­lar sea­son but, for Sauger­ties High, the post­sea­son be­gins Fri­day.

The un­de­feated Sawyers look to go to 8-0, but much more is on the line as they head to Corn­wall for a big 7 p.m. show­down. At stake is first place and the top seed in the up­com­ing Sec­tion 9, Class A tour­na­ment. Corn­wall is the five-time de­fend­ing cham­pion and a team Sauger­ties could face again for the ti­tle in two weeks.

Wal­lkill is home to Port Jervis in an­other Class A game Fri­day.

The area’s six other teams are play­ing end-of-sea­son cross­over con­tests this week­end. Kingston heads to Roo­sevelt, while Pine Plains is home to High­land in 7 p.m. Fri­day games. On Satur­day, Ron­d­out Val­ley trav­els to Dover and El­lenville is at Mon­ti­cello for 1:30 games.

Fri­day Sauger­ties at Corn­wall

This is as much a state­ment as it is a tuneup game. Both teams are al­ready as­sured of a spot in next week’s semi­fi­nals. The (5-0 Class A, 7-0) Sawyers want to prove they are a force to be reck­oned with in the tour­ney and the (5-0, 5-2) Dragons in­tend to show they have no in­ten­tion of re­lin­quish­ing hold of their ti­tle.

It will be a bat­tle in the trenches. Sauger­ties is av­er­ag­ing 373 yards per game rush­ing be­hind the ex­ploits of sopho­more quar­ter­back Matt Bucci and run­ning backs Jimmy Ball and Rob Trin­cellito.

Corn­wall fea­tures the back­field of T.J. Gayle and Dom Marzigliano, who’ve com­bined for 17 touch­downs, and quar­ter­back Kieran Krei­der, who has com­pleted 64 per­cent of his passes.

Both teams have beaten Mon­ti­cello, Goshen, Port Jervis, Wal­lkill and Pough­keep­sie in Class A play. Sauger­ties outscored them 172-92, while Corn­wall has been in­cred­i­bly stingy, outscor­ing the teams 223-19. The Dragons have posted two shutouts and al­lowed just three touch­downs in the last five weeks.

Kingston at Roo­sevelt

This time last year Kingston was 0-7, then fin­ished up win­ning its two cross­over games. The first vic­tory was against Roo­sevelt. The bat­tered, but un­bowed Tigers wouldn’t mind that hap­pen­ing again.

Kingston had its clos­est bid for a vic­tory three weeks ago when it lost 19-13 to the Pres­i­dents in over­time. JaVar Tins­ley, who has run for four TDs for Kingston, scored twice against FDR, in­clud­ing the

ty­ing score with 2:22 left in reg­u­la­tion. The Tigers are com­ing off a 31-7 loss to New­burgh.

Roo­sevelt (3-4) pulled out a 22-21 win over Mid­dle­town as Justin Guer­rero scored with 1:30 left and Jake Niesen made the 2-point con­ver­sion.

Port Jervis at Wal­lkill

Wal­lkill (1-4, 2-5) got thumped 47-0 by Corn­wall last week. The Pan­thers look to snap a three­game los­ing streak. Port Jervis (1-4, 1-6) took a tough 21-18 loss to Mon­ti­cello and hasn’t won since open­ing day against Goshen.

High­land at Pine Plains

High­land (2-5), which has lost five in a row, squares off against a (16) Pine Plains/Rhinebeck squad that has dropped three straight. The Bombers lost 29-12 to Ron­d­out Val­ley, while the Huskies look to re­bound from a 59-3 set­back to Marl­boro.

Satur­day Ron­d­out at Dover

The win over Pine Plains made it four out of five for the Gan­ders, who im­proved to 4-3.

Ben Hikade ran for three touch­downs, threw for one and also had an in­ter­cep­tion to lead Ron­d­out over the Bombers. Dover/We­bu­tuck (3-4) has lost four of five, in­clud­ing a 41-21 non­lea­guer last week to Gor­ton.

El­lenville at Mon­ti­cello

A (2-5) Mon­ti­cello team that pulled out a pair of good wins over Wal­lkill (21-20) and Port Jervis (21-18) is the foe for (0-7) El­lenville. The Blue Devils have man­aged just 12 points in the past three games.


Matt Bucci of Sauger­ties in a pre­vi­ous game ver­sus Wal­lkill.

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