King drops Se­nior Day game to Pa.’s Wy­oming Sem­i­nary

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Sports - By Rich DePreta

STAM­FORD — Se­nior Day wasn’t quite ev­ery­thing that the King School foot­ball team wanted it to be as the Vikings lost 27-6 to Wy­oming Sem­i­nary of Kingston, Pa. Satur­day.

The 12 King se­niors honored with their par­ents be­fore the con­test along with the re­main­der of the Vikings’ ros­ter put forth a valiant fight on a rainy and windy af­ter­noon.

But the Blue Knights made sure it would be a pleas­ant bus ride home by post­ing their first road vic­tory of the sea­son.

Call it a Se­nior Day les­son learned by Wy­oming Sem­i­nary.

“I’m glad we were able to find a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity in the weather to get this game in,” said Wy­oming Sem­i­nary coach Jim An­der­son. “Last year, our se­niors lost their fi­nal three games of the sea­son. Af­ter go­ing through that, this year’s se­niors vowed to write a dif­fer­ent end­ing. They won their last four con­tests. That meant we fin­ished at 6-3, the pro­gram’s first win­ning sea­son since 2001-2002.”

KING BAT­TLED UP­HILL ALL DAY

The mar­gin for er­ror this sea­son for King (3-4) has been slim.

Lit­tle things con­tinue to haunt the Vikings.

Wy­oming Sem­i­nary took a 6-0 edge just 7:10 into the game as se­nior quar­ter­back Cooper Heisey’s first pass of the day was a 32-yard touch­down con­nec­tion with Todd Phillips.

The Blue Knights led 13-0 at half­time as Rob Dwyer’s 45-yard punt re­turn to the King 15 led to Prince Hall’s 7-yard touch­down run.

Heisey (5 of 16 pass­ing, 101 yards in swirling winds) opened the third quar­ter with a 56-yard scor­ing strike to Dwyer for 20-0. Prince Hall ac­counted for 119 yards rush­ing on 12 car­ries.

Wy­oming Sem­i­nary’s de­fense ac­counted for the fi­nal TD. Mike Ley­land rum­bled 78 yards for the score by re­cov­er­ing a back­ward pass by King.

“We made four mis­takes in 48 min­utes of foot­ball. With­out those mis­takes, it could have been a dif­fer­ent

con­test,” said King coach Dan Gouin. “I’m happy with the char­ac­ter and ef­fort of our group. I’m dis­ap­pointed for the se­niors that we lost. They worked so hard for me on this field for four years. Their level of play is so ap­pre­ci­ated by me.”

ONE GAME LEFT FOR KING

King now has a bye week be­fore their an­nual bat­tle with St. Luke’s on Nov. 10 at the Storm’s field.

King’s 12 se­niors (Justin Zide, Jack Meizels, Matt Gar­avel, Kenny Dyson, Chris Della Ja­cono, Le­vaughn Lewis, Grady Boruchin, Sam Rabassa, Josh Palmer, Alex Canevari, Lewis Baer, Jack Reilly) will have one more con­test to­gether in the trenches.

On Satur­day, King’s of­fense avoided the shutout as quar­ter­back Della Ja­cono ran for nine yards then bulled into the end zone from 1 yard out with 46.6 sec­onds to play.

“The pre­vi­ous two sea­sons when we were win­ning NEPSAC ti­tles, there were op­po­nents who walked away say­ing ‘We only made four mis­takes but we still lost to King.’ ” Gouin said. “For our young kids, that’s the step they need to make. Learn from these lessons. This group of se­niors were 4-4 as fresh­men. And look at the ré­sumé they wrote.”

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