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