Minisink spoils Kingston opener
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.