Jack Dembia scores three times as Monroe-Woodbury routs Kingston

| 26 Sep 2017 | 01:35

KINGSTON — The Monroe-Woodbury Crusaders traveled to Dietz Stadium in Kingston Saturday evening to take on the Tigers.
The game was the first meeting of the two longtime rivals in the last two years after the Tigers had to forfeit last year's contest.
The game also marked the beginning of OCIAA Class AA-1 league play for the Crusaders.
The Crusaders scored first when quarterback Steven Campione hit Jack Dembia in the end zone for a four-yard touchdown pass with 3:32 left in the quarter.
The Crusaders then took possession of the ball on the Tigers' 34 yard line after a partially blocked punt and scored when Bradley Byrnes punched one in from the one-yard line to give the Crusaders a 12-0 lead.
Defensive tackle David Strauss stopped the next Tiger drive with a fumble recovery and the Crusaders cashed in with a beautiful 34-yard touchdown pass from Campione to Dembia. With the successful point after kick, the lead was now 19-0.
But just when it looked as though the Tigers were dead, their offense roared to life and scored with just 11 seconds left in the half to make the half time score 19-7.
In the second half the Crusader defense tightened up and shut down the Tigers with Zack Vanier, Tyler Toledo, Owen Chambers and Anthony Prioleau turning in exceptional performances.
Halfway through the third quarter Dembia scored his third touchdown of the game on a three-yard touchdown run as the Crusaders took a 19-point lead 26-7.
With 4:41 left in the quarter Byrnes took a hand off and powered his way in from 18 yards out. When Mike Boyle hit the PAT, the rout was on as the Crusaders took a 33-7 lead.
In the fourth quarter Crusader Jack Colbath’s interception stopped the Tigers' last scoring threat.
Campione capped off the Crusader scoring with a two-yard touchdown plunge.
The Crusaders' 39-7 victory over the Tigers gives them a 3-1 record on the season and 1-0 in Class AA-1 league play.
Their next game was Thursday at home against the Middies of Middletown at 7 p.m.
- William Dimmit