Schools prepare to close out season
Seven area high school football teams, including Kingston, wrap up their 2016 season with Section 9 crossover games this week.
The Tigers get the shortest turnaround as they close out their campaign with a 5 p.m. game Wednesday at Valley Central. Kingston will be trying to avoid a winless season.
Roosevelt ends its year with a 6 p.m. home game Thursday against Monticello.
There are four games Friday with Rondout Valley travelling to Spackenkill for a 3 p.m. contest, Red Hook at Port Jervis in a 4:30 encounter, Ellenville is home to Tri-Valley for a 6 p.m. tilt and Highland entertains Dover at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Pine Plains will be at Roscoe for a 1:30 p.m. game. Wednesday
Kingston at Valley Central
The Tigers and Vikings both enter the game with 0-8 records. The teams have not met since the end of 2014 when Kingston finished 0-9.
Its a tough turnaround — four days, only two for practice — for the squads. The Tigers lost 21-6 to Roosevelt while Valley Central was outscored 61-40 by Middletown. That was the most points the Vikings have scored this year. Thursday
Monticello at Roosevelt
After losing its first five games, Monticello has won three in a row, including 34-6 last week over Ellenville. The win over Kingston was the second straight for (5-3)
Rondout at Spackenkill
Fresh off a 44-35 triumph over Dover, Rondout (5-3) looks to close out with a fourth straight win. Spackenkill (5-3) played Marlboro tough, but lost 28-13 in a Class B quarterfinal.
Red Hook at Port Jervis
Red Hook (4-4) aims to finish with a winning record. The Raiders have lost three straight, including last week’s 63-12 setback to Liberty in the Class B quarterfinals. Port Jervis (17), which hasn’t won since its opener, scored its most points in a game in a 30-24 loss to Wallkill.
Dover at Highland
Two teams trying to get out of a tailspin to end the
season. Dover (3-5) has lost five of six games. Highland, which opened the year 2-1, has dropped five straight games, including last week’s tough 7-0 decision to Pine Plains.
Tri-Valley at Ellenville
Ellenville avoided a winless season in 2015 when it beat Tri-Valley in a crossover finale and the (0-8) Blue Devils are in that situation again against their local rival. Ellenville has scored only 18 points in its last four games and goes against a (2-6) Bears team that has lost four of its last five, including last week’s 47-26 decision to Millbrook. Saturday
Pine Plains at Roscoe
Pine Plains/Rhinebeck (2-6) snapped a threegame losing streak with the 7-0 win over Highland. The Bombers take on a (2-6) Roscoe/Livingston Manor/ Downsville team that is the only Class D team in Section 9.
That combined team is scheduled to play in a regional game on Nov. 12.
Kingston’s defense takes down Newburgh’s Bobby Randall in the second quarter of Tigers’ loss to Goldbacks on Oct. 14.
Kingston’s Manny Wilson