The Kingston football program is on a roll.
The Redskins have qualified for the Class 2A playoffs three years in a row, and under second-year coach John Caraway, Kingston is 2-for-2. Despite a 3-8 record in 2011, the Redskins finished strong and took the fourth playoff spot in District 2A-4. This season, Kingston improved to 5-5 (3-3 in district play) and finished third.
The Redskins head to Washington to take on the Warriors this Friday. Washington is 7-3 and unranked in Class 2A. After dropping a 41-7 decision to powerhouse Frederick, the Warriors have won six in a row.
Despite going on the road again, Caraway is excited about the team's improvement.
"We did move up to third, and that's a lot better than finishing fourth and playing the district champ in the bracket," Caraway said. "We are matched up against a tough district, and any road game would be tough to play.
"We are moving in the right direction. Everyone is upbeat and ready for the challenge."
In the last two years, Kingston has lost to Lindsay in the opening round. But this year, Washington defeated the Leopards in week 10 to claim the No. 2 spot in District 2A-3.
"Washington is a quality football team," Caraway said. "They like to run the football a lot. They have one running back that is especially tough to deal with. They will come out and try to run over us. I have noticed they do a good job throwing the football also.
Four-year starting quarterback Jared Hayes will pace the Redskins' offense on Friday. Caraway says the senior has provided solid leadership in getting the Kingston offense going.
Hayes enters the game with 1,984 passing yards.
"That's a good year throwing the football," Caraway said. "We go with an I-formation, and we can run out of the Spread. We like to mix things up.
"We feel good about this game and our chances to go on the road and pick up a playoff win. That would be big for our program."