Min­isink spoils Kingston opener

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

KINGSTON, N.Y. » It was a tough, tough way to lose a home opener.

Kingston High de­buted its 2017 foot­ball team at Di­etz Sta­dium on Fri­day and lost a de­fen­sive duel to Min­isink Val­ley 8-0 in a Sec­tion 9, Class AA con­test.

Quar­ter­back Ryan Jo­han­son scored on a 1-yard plunge with 54 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion to give the War­riors the tri­umph.

The loss, the 12th straight dat­ing back to the be­gin­ning of last sea­son, has Kingston now 0-3 on the year.

“I’m re­ally proud of how these kids fought. We’ve been preach­ing fight­ing and play­ing in the fourth quar­ter and giv­ing our­selves a chance,” Kingston coach Quintin John­son said.

“It was a tough fought game. It was a great, great ef­fort. We just came up short,” he said. “This game came down to three to five missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Of­fense was at a pre­mium. Min­isink amassed 228 yards over­all and Kingston 97.

The Tigers, how­ever, kept de­rail­ing Min­isink’s trips into their side of the field,

get­ting three in­ter­cep­tions and re­cov­er­ing two fum­bles. One of them was a huge take­away on spe­cial teams. An­other in­ter­cep­tion was negated by a penalty.

“We played an out­stand­ing de­fen­sive game. I give coach (Keith) Van Roy, our de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, a ton of credit,” John­son said. “He re­ally came up with a great game plan. The kids ex­e­cuted it and it was great.”

The War­riors had a drive stopped when Tyquan Wat­son picked off Minsink start­ing quar­ter­back Ray Ra­sukiewicz at the Tiger 4 late in the first quar­ter.

Jo­han­son, the other half of Min­isink’s quar­ter­back

pla­toon, was in­ter­cepted by Dar­ius Gray on a fake punt at mid­field mid­way through the se­cond quar­ter. Jonathan Pacheco got Kingston’s third pick with nine sec­onds left in the half.

Tiger quar­ter­back Chap­man Parker found Matt Amato in the flat for that fi­nal play. The ju­nior shed three tack­lers and raced 35 yards. War­rior cor­ner­back Noah Smith pulled him out of bounds at the Min­isink 23 to save a touch­down as the half ex­pired.

That was the deep­est pen­e­tra­tion for the Tigers, who got in­side the War­rior 35 four other times. They turned the ball over on downs three times and could never get it close enough for sopho­more Justin Longo to at­tempt a field goal.

The Tigers forced a fum­ble

on its own 35 to kill one Min­isink drive early in the se­cond half. Kingston was soon pinned back on its own 1, lead­ing to a punt and Min­isink start­ing on the Tiger 30. Line­man Hay­den Bar­ley’s tackle of Jo­han­son on fourth down stalled that drive at the 15.

Do­minick Ve­trano’s 30-yard punt re­turn ap­peared to put the War­riors in great shape early in the fourth quar­ter, but the spe­cial teams forced a fum­ble and Iza­yah Wells re­cov­ered. Aided by a pair of de­fen­sive penal­ties, the Tigers drove to the Min­isink 32, only to turn the ball over on downs.

Jo­han­son’s 33-yard pass to Ve­trano had the War­riors mov­ing again with five min­utes left and, again, Kingston pro­duced a turnover.

Jo­han­son threw into triple cov­er­age near the goal

line. The ball ric­o­cheted off de­fen­sive back Collin Ford’s hel­met and into the arms of Amato, who scram­bled back to mid­field. The in­ter­cep­tion, how­ever, was nul­li­fied by a pass in­ter­fer­ence call.

That gave Min­isink new life and, on fourth-and-5 at the Tiger 10, Jo­han­son rolled right and hit Austin Jedziniak. The se­nior turned and tried to stretch for the touch­down, but Wat­son grap­pled him out of bounds at the 1.

Kingston’s goal-line stand stopped the War­riors on their first two at­tempts. Jo­han­son dove, but John Perry pen­e­trated through the line and brought him down six inches from the end zone. Tom Per­domo then drove right up the mid­dle, but the Tiger line stood him up for no gain. On third

down, Jo­han­son ducked be­hind left tackle and snuck in for the touch­down.

Jo­han­son then threw to Ve­trano for the two-point con­ver­sion and the 8-0 lead.

A short kick­off gave Kingston hope. Parker’s 12yard strike to Daivel Jack­son had the ball in Min­isink ter­ri­tory, but two deep passes fell in­com­plete and a strip sack clinched the win for Min­isink.

“We made mis­takes, but there was no quit in these kids and that’s what this pro­gram needs to get back in the right di­rec­tion,” John­son said.

“I’m ex­cited about what we showed tonight. I thought that we showed that we can play four quar­ters of foot­ball. I think that we showed that we’re go­ing to fight to the very end. That’s all that I can ask these kids to do,” he added.

“I’m not go­ing to mea­sure this in wins or losses. I’m go­ing to mea­sure it in how many times do we have a chance in the fourth quar­ter to win a game.”

Kingston plays a rare Satur­day night home con­test next week, tak­ing on (2-1) Mon­roe-Wood­bury at 7 p.m. to be­gin the Class AA, Divi­sion I por­tion of its sched­ule. Min­isink Val­ley ........................... 0 0 0 8—8 Kingston ..................................... 0 0 0 0—0 Fourth Quar­ter MV—Jo­han­son 1 run (D. Ve­trano pass from Jo­han­son) Rush­ing MV—Per­domo 15-43, Jo­han­son 11-38, Razukiewicz 6-33, V. Ve­trano 2-14; KHS— Tins­ley 11-14, Amato 8-12, Wil­son 1-0, Matthews 1-(-)3. Pass­ing MV—Razukiewicz 4-8-1, 36 yards; Jo­han­son 4-13-2, 64 yards; KHS—Ch. Parker 7-21-0, 74 yards. Re­ceiv­ing MV—Jedziniak 4-42, D. Ve­trano 2-38, Jun­caj 2-20; KHS—Amato 2-46, Jack­son 2-15, Wesolowski 1-6, Tins­ley 1-5, Matthews 1-2. Team records: Min­isink Val­ley 1-2 over­all; Kingston 0-3 over­all.


Kingston’s Javar Tins­ley looks for run­ning room dur­ing an 8-0 loss to Min­isink Val­ley in the Tigers’ home opener on Fri­day at Di­etz Sta­dium.

Jonathan Pacheco and Manny Wil­son sack Do­minick Ve­trano.

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