A regroup at the intermission paid dividends for the Highland High School football team Friday.
Hosting Monticello, the Huskies rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to win, 31-28.
Head coach Carl Relyea, still battling Achilles tendon issues, “supervised the game from the booth,” assistant coach and acting head coach Billy Phillips said.
Isiah Daubon scored three touchdowns, catching two passes in the end zone and returning a kickoff for a touchdown. Paul Hansut had a receiving touchdown while Mike Malheiro made a rushing score. Quarterback Mike Doxey passed for three touchdowns.
“We finished strong, came together at the end of the season,” Phillips said of the Huskies, who finished the year 3-6. “The season didn’t go the way we planned, but we rallied at the end and finished strong. That’s all we can ask for.”
Saugerties 35, Red Hook 28 — In the first-ever River Bowl, A.J. Coolbaugh had two touchdowns and with his 122 rushing yards finished the season with 1,007 yards on the ground for the Raiders. Nick Morrissey rushed for 62 yards and passed for 75 yards with one touchdown.
Christian Schiafo also had a touchdown. Jimmy Mulvey had 60 receiving yards, 65 rushing yards and an interception. Connor Redmond added a fumble recovery for Red Hook.
“It was a good game by both sides, a nice way for both teams to end the season.” said Red Hook coach Bill Stutz, whose raiders finished the season 3-6. “It was definitely a challenging season. We lost players to injury, they worked their way back and we took our lumps. We’ll regroup and make another run next year.”
The idea for the River Bowl was thought up by Stutz and Saugerties coach Dominic Zarrella. Stutz coached his son, Drew Zarrella, at Red Hook.
“The coaching staffs made a trophy and we decided to call it the River Bowl,” Stutz said. “One of the things we teach through football is camaraderie.”
Wallkill 18, Franklin D. Roosevelt 13 — Matt Amone ran for 110 yards and had a 45-yard touchdown run for the visiting Presidents. Payton Sorci added a 3-yard touchdown run.
“I thought we played pretty solidly,” said Roosevelt coach Brian Bellino, whose Presidents finished the season 1-7. “It was kind of a rebuilding year. It’s hard to admit that, even without the injuries we had.
“But we love the work we did. They’re excited to go into the offseason and get back on track. I want to thank my seniors for everything.”
Kingston 47, Poughkeepsie 14 — Jovan Atkinson caught a 79-yard touchdown pass from Isaiah Williams while Marcus Blocker had a 1-yard touchdown run for the host Pioneers, who finished the season 4-5.
“We had our ups and downs,” Poughkeepsie coach Jerry North said. “The biggest thing was getting the pride back this year.”