ORANGEBURG, NY — The Kingston High football team continues its tour Friday with a non-league game at 6:30 pm at Tappan Zee.
The Tigers (1-1) look to build on last Friday’s 21-7 nonleague win at Washingtonville.
Second-year quarterback John Jones had a breakout game against the Wizards, rushing for 169 yards on 14 carries. He scored three touchdowns on runs of 52, 44 and 6 yards.
Tigers junior running back Isaiah Thomas (19-54) provided some punch by putting up a tough distance between tackles.
Kingston’s offensive plan was fairly conservative, based on a basic running game that featured Jones breaking up big runs on the outside after faking the ball inside to Thomas. Jones was 1-for-2, passing for 12 yards.
Host Tappan Zee (2-1) is coming off a 35-0 victory over Hastings. The Dutch put up a powerful running game racking up 360 rushing yards in the win. Tappan Zee only threw for 19 yards.
Owen O’Hara led the Dutch with 138 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns, one touchdown on a 67-yard rush. Ryan Brown added 105 yards on 13 carries with a pair of touchdowns. Brett McCarthy had 87 yards on six carries, including a touchdown.
The Tappan Zee soccer program has not been very successful in recent years. The Dutch went 0-9 last season and have had four losing seasons in the last five years. The school’s only winning season during that span was a 3-2 mark in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.
Following last week’s schedule that featured most of the non-league contests, Section 9 football heats up on Friday night with some intriguing league contests.
Port Jervis (3-0) at Marlboro (1-2), 6 p.m.
The visiting Raiders, facing their first Class B foe this season, present a major challenge for the Dukes (0-1 Class B), who are sore from a 20-16 upset loss to rival New Paltz.
Port Jervis has won four straight over the Dukes and has become the top team in Class B with three straight championships.
The Raiders began their title run with a 27-24 win over the Dukes in the 2019 Class B title game at Middletown High. Before that loss, Marlboro had won seven of the previous eight sectional titles.
Port Jervis comes to Marlboro following an emotional 33-19 victory over Middletown in the annual Erie Bell rivalry game.
The Raiders haven’t missed a beat despite the graduation of out-of-state quarterback Brett Fuller. Quarterback Logan Morris had three TD passes in the win over Middletown.
Catholic Burke (3-0) at Highland (1-2), 7 p.m.
The visiting Eagles dropped from Class B to C this season and appear to have the firepower to capture the small four-team standings. Although last week’s 36-25 victory over James I. O’Neill did not count as a league victory, Burke Catholic became the favorite in Class C, as O’Neill is the two-time defending champion. .
Highland lost 51-14 to the Susquehanna Valley last week. This will be the Class C opening for both schools.
Saugerties (0-3) at Rondout Valley (1-2), 7 p.m.
The Sawyers and Ganders are 0-1 in Class B. Rondout Valley held their ground behind quarterback Johnny Soi’s mighty rush (184 yards on 13 carries) before losing 27-14 to undefeated Red Hook.
Saugerties have scored just 14 points in their three losses.
Tri-Valley (1-1) at Ellenville (0-2), 7 p.m.
The Blue Devils have been unlucky losers to Pawling (20-18) and Dover (35-32) in their first two non-league eight-man football contests.
Tri-Valley beat Dover 21-0 in their first game.
Each team will be looking for their first league victory.
In four Saturday afternoon games, New Paltz (1-0 Class B, 1-2 overall) travels to Liberty (0-2) for a 1 pm league game; James I. O’Neill (1-2) is in Red Hook (3-0) for a non-league tryout at 1 pm; Wallkill (1-2) is at Warwick (3-0) for a Class A showdown at 1:30 p.m. and Pine Plains (1-1) is at Onteora (0-2) for an eight-man league clash at 3 p.m.
The Hugies are on top after beating Marlboro for the first time since 2016. Justin Coiteux returned the kickoff 90 yards to get the Hugies off to a flying start. The Liberty lost to Monticello 22-14 in their last outing.
Red Hook rode fullback Zach Slesinski’s inside run (148 yards on 26 carries) in their win over Rondout Valley. O’Neill looks to bounce back from his loss to Burke Catholic.
Wallkill was hit before his game against Our Lady of Lourdes last week. The 49-7 loss added insult to injury. Warwick doesn’t plan to make things much easier for the Panthers.
Onteora’s second-half rally fell short in a 20-18 loss to Eldred last week. The Eagles hope running back Griffin Altiero (two touchdowns against Eldred) and quarterback Reese Rotella (86 passing yards and a TD) can do enough to beat Pine Plains in the school’s league opener.