War­wick spoils se­nior night for Kingston

De­spite tough de­fen­sive ef­fort, Tigers topped by War­wick

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Stribl mstribl@free­manon­line.com Sports Re­porter

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> Kingston High’s foot­ball team turned in one of its best de­fen­sive ef­forts of the sea­son on Fri­day, but a se­nior night vic­tory eluded the Tigers.

Joe Miller scored on a 9-yard quar­ter­back keeper with 3:51 left to give War­wick a 14-10 non-league vic­tory at Di­etz Sta­dium.

The (5-2) Wild­cats used more than five min­utes on a 13-play, 80-yard march for the go-ahead touch­down.

Mahki Matthews took the en­su­ing kick­off and lat­eraled the ball to Jack­son Parker for a 38-yard kick­off re­turn to put (2-5) Kingston at mid­field.

Three pass plays net­ted no yards and the Tigers went to the hook-and-lat­eral on fourth down with 2:21 left. Daivel Jack­son took Collin Ford’s pass and tossed it to Matthews. War­wick, how­ever, kept him from turn­ing up­field and the Tigers turned the ball over on downs.

With Kingston out of time­outs, the Wild­cats ran out the clock to clinch the win.

“It’s def­i­nitely tough to come up short tonight, but that’s a good foot­ball team, a stat­er­anked (hon­or­able men­tion) foot­ball team,” Kingston coach Quintin John­son said about War­wick.

“I’m so proud of every one of

th­ese kids, be­cause of how they came out and played and showed a lot of heart. That’s a spe­cial thing. I told them that’s Tiger pride.”

With Ford play­ing quar­ter­back for Chap­man Parker (nurs­ing a leg in­jury), the Tigers switched gears and be­came a run­ning team. Be­hind a solid ef­fort from the line, Kingston rushed 42 times for 192 yards and had its best duo ground game from Fair­cloth (96 yards on 12 car­ries) and Tyleaf McGriff (21 at­tempts for 84 yards).

“Collin came in and didn’t miss a beat. We changed up some things of­fen­sively. We came up with a game plan and the kids ex­e­cuted it to per­fec­tion,” John­son added. “They re­ally did. We just came up a cou­ple of min­utes short.”

The teams en­gaged in a score­less bat­tle for 17 min­utes un­til Kyle Rooney weaved 10 yards to put War­wick up 7-0 with 7:12 left in the half.

Rooney led the Wild­cats with 115 yards on 27 car­ries.

Matthews’ 27 re­turn had Kingston at mid­field for its next pos­ses­sion. Af­ter 10 plays, the drive stalled at the War­wick 15, but ju­nior Justin Longo made the first field goal (32 yards) of his var­sity ca­reer to get the Tigers on the board be­fore half­time.

Kingston caught War­wick of­f­guard as Longo de­liv­ered a per­fect on­side kick to be­gin the sec­ond half, just nick­ing the ball. The Tigers re­cov­ered on the Wild­cat 49.

“I def­i­nitely felt we wanted a mo­men­tum swing,” John­son ad­mit­ted. “Justin and our kick­off team ex­e­cuted it to per­fec­tion. It was out­stand­ing to watch.”

Two plays later, Fair­cloth raced 45 yards for the 10-7 Kingston lead.

Fair­cloth, Jack­son Parker, Trayvon Lan­der­way, Hayden Bar­ley and Timmy Ga­ton (one sack) led the Tiger de­fense.

“Our de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, Keith Van Roy, I give him a lot of credit be­cause week af­ter week he just comes in and comes up with a crazy plan and we work it all week and the kids ex­e­cute it,” John­son said.

The de­fen­sive duel had Kingston with 230 to­tal yards and War­wick man­ag­ing 195.

The Tigers hon­ored 21 se­niors be­fore the Sec­tion 9 con­test.

Af­ter three con­sec­u­tive home games, Kingston is back on the road Fri­day, Oct. 19 at Pine Bush.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Mahki Matthews looks down­field dur­ing Kingston’s 14-10 Sec­tion 9 foot­ball loss to War­wick on Fri­day at Di­etz Sta­dium.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Kingston’s Devin Hines tack­les War­wick’s Joe Miller in the first half of Tigers’ 14-10 loss to Wild­cats.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Kingston’s C.J. Fair­cloth looks for room to run dur­ing Tigers’ 14-10 loss to War­wick on Fri­day.

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