Football

Red Hook looks strong in win over Highland

Red Hook quarterback Nick Morrissey celebrates a touchdown against Highland on Saturday at Highland Middle School,

Red Hook quarterback Nick Morrissey celebrates a touchdown against Highland on Saturday at Highland Middle School,

Red Hook's Nick Morrissey eludes the Highland defense to convert his run into a touchdown on Saturday at Highland Middle School.

Red Hook’s Nick Morrissey eludes the Highland defense to convert his run into a touchdown on Saturday at Highland Middle School.

Highland's Jason Chlus makes a reception against Red Hook on Saturday at Highland Middle School.

Highland’s Jason Chlus makes a reception against Red Hook on Saturday at Highland Middle School.

Highland's Mike Malheiro, runs for a touchdown against Red Hook on Saturday at Highland Middle School.

Highland’s Mike Malheiro, runs for a touchdown against Red Hook on Saturday at Highland Middle School.

Red Hook High School’s football team punctuated what coach Bill Stutz said was a “near perfect” week of practice with a big win.

The Raiders earned a 42-14 win over Highland on Saturday at Highland Middle School, improving to 2-0. Tristen Schiafo had two rushing touchdowns for Red Hook.

“I am extremely happy with the performance,” Stutz said. “They were prepared and they were tuned in all week and it paid off.”

Nick Cahill had a receiving touchdown, as did Eric Decker, who reached the end zone for the first time in his career. Quarterback Nick Morrissey ran in a fake punt for a touchdown of about 40 yards. Peter D’Aleo had a fumble recovery and Alex Nesel and Morrissey each had interceptions. Red Hook has six interceptions in two games.

For Highland, Julian Meltz threw a touchdown to Max Vidal, and Mike Malheiro had a touchdown run.

“We’re going to reload,” said Highland coach John McFarland, whose Huskies dropped to 1-1. “We’ve got Monticello next week and we’ll look to improve the team and hopefully, get a win. Red Hook played a good game.”

The Huskies host Monticello at 7 p.m. Friday, but the field at Highland High School is under renovation, so the game might again be moved to the middle school. Red Hook faces Rondout Valley at 7 p.m. Friday at Dietz Memorial Stadium in Kingston.

Phil Strum: pstrum@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4847, Twitter: @PJStrum

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