HASKELL — On a cold and rainy night, Haskell’s T.J. Berry scored on a nine-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left as Kingston suffered a crushing 6-0 defeat in the A.B. Shockley Stadium mud on Friday night.
It was a game where two teams built around speed spent most of the game sloshing it out in the middle of the field.
But, with about one minute remaining, Berry had runs of 17, 4 and 9 yards. On his game-winning touchdown, he bounced off of a couple of would-be Kingston tacklers and stretched over the goal line. The Redskins intercepted a pass to foil the Haymakers’ two-point conversion.
“These guys have so much fight in them,” Kingston coach John Caraway said. “They gave it everything they had. If you ever have to go into battle, these are the guys you want to be on your side.”
Caraway recalled a play in the first quarter where the weather had an affect.
“Paden (Hayes) got behind his defender at least 10 yards and Tyler Stovall had a good throw but the wind took it to the left out of Hayes’ reach,” he said. “We would have scored.”
There weren’t many drives in the game. Most series were three and out. The punters struggled to get off punts in the miserable weather. Many catchable passes were dropped. It was a sloppy, defensive game.
Postgame, Kingston’s 19 seniors were in the locker room for the final time in their prep football careers.
“It was a very emotional locker room,” Caraway said. “They are special. There is a lot of pride in Kingston. This group has set a great example for the younger players coming up.”
The Redskins finished with 10 wins to one loss and advanced out of the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1988.
“I was naturally disappointed with the way the game ended,” Caraway said, “but not how the team played.”