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By GOOSE LINDSAY
The Kingston Yellow Jackets saw a lot of different looks Friday evening as Vic King’s squad took on Webb, Wartburg and Seymour in a four-way scrimmage at Webb.
Kingston held their own in the scrimmage as the Jackets found the end zone twice on the day while giving up two TDs.
“I was pretty pleased overall,” Kingston head coach Vic King said after the scrimmage. “We still have a long way to go before we’re ready to play at Harriman, but we still got three weeks to get there. The thing I liked about today was we bore down at the end when everybody was getting hot and tired.”
Kingston opened the scrimmage against Seymour and neither team did much as both varsity offenses netted just eight yards in 10 plays.
After taking on the Eagles, Kingston took on Webb, but the Jackets’ offense still found the going tough as they netted just 21 yards in 10 total plays.
Webb did score on their possession as the Spartans found the end zone with a 20-yard pass on their 10th and final play.
Kingston’s offense started to find its rhythm against Wartburg as the Jackets needed just six plays to find the end zone. QB Matt Francis did most of the work in the 70-yard drive as he went 2-2 through the air for 49 yards before ending the drive with a 23-yard keeper to the end zone.
The Jackets would drive into Bulldog territory two more times before the scrimmage ended, but both drives ended in turnovers.
Kingston’s second string offense did find the end zone against the Bulldogs as Chancey Miller scored from 45 yards out.
Wartburg’s first possession against the Jackets ended in a 32-yard touchdown run.
Wartburg’s second possession also ended in a touchdown, but it was Kingston’s defense that got the points as LB Alex Roberts picked off a pass and returned it 38 yards for the score.
“Our defense is ahead of our offense right now,” King said. “We’re still trying to get our timing down on offense plus we’re still playing a lot of younger guys to build depth.”
Kingston out gained its three opponents on the day by a final tally of 222-141.
The Jackets amassed 139 yards rushing on 28 carries with Brad Riddick leading the way with 58 yards on six carries. James Sams added 40 yards on eight carries.
QBs Matt Francis and Kyle Gough combined to go 4 of 12 for 83 yards with two interceptions. Francis was 3 of 9 for 76 yards with one pick while Gough was 1of 3 for seven yards with one pick.
Sams was Kingston’s leading receiver with three catches for 63 yards. Riddick had one catch for 20 yards.
Kingston’s final preseason scrimmage will be Friday evening against Tyner. The Jackets open the season on Thursday, Aug. 28 at Harriman.