Kings Park's Jonathan Borkowski (10) runs in a touchdown in...

Kings Park's Jonathan Borkowski (10) runs in a touchdown in the third quarter during the Suffolk Division III High School Football game between Comsewogue and Kings Park on Saturday Oct 23, 2021 at Comsewogue High School. Credit: Bob Sorensen

When it comes to the recent turnaround taking place at Kings Park, timing has been a major contributing factor.

The far different offseason timing, specifically.

After finishing 3-4 during this past spring season, the Kings Park football team has bounced back in a big way this fall. And they continued their winning ways on Saturday afternoon.

Quarterback Jonathan Borkowski ran for 75 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries, and running back Nico Laviano had 103 yards and a touchdown on eight carries as Kings Park won 35-7 in dominant fashion at Comsewogue in Suffolk III.

The Kingsmen improved to 5-1, while Comsewogue fell to 2-5.

"I think the biggest thing for us is that we were a young team in the spring," Kings Park coach Mark O’Brien said. "So that’s kind of almost helped us this [season]. Because there wasn’t much down time for football.

"They remember a lot of the things we taught in the spring. They’re six, seven months older, bigger, stronger and more mature. So they’re able to understand things better. It actually benefitted us having football in the spring and translating it to the fall."

Borkowski provided the first two scores for the Kingsmen, running for a 5-yard touchdown late in the first quarter and adding a 7-yard rushing score with 8:10 left in the second to give Kings Park a 14-0 advantage.

He said the team’s mentality that began in the spring is now beginning to pay dividends.

"Since the spring everyone has bought in," said Borkowski, who also completed 8 of 9 passes for 92 yards. "Everyone listens to exactly what the coaches say and that’s about it."

Kings Park also applied plenty of pressure on Comsewogue throughout the day, which helped lead to a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by Kyle Weeks with 4:55 remaining in the first half, giving the Kingsmen a 21-0 cushion entering the locker room.

"Once I saw the ball up in the air I jumped the route and then the rest happened," Weeks said.

The Kingsmen continued their theme of stout defensive efforts, allowing just one touchdown. They’ve surrendered seven points or less in all but one game this season.

O’Brien discussed the impact of his messaging on that side of the ball.

"Keep it simple," O’Brien said. "Keep it very simple, read your keys, nothing else and do your job. And the kids have bought into the things the coaches have taught them. We do a great job of running to the ball and get a lot of guys there."

And don’t forget about the timing.


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