By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Kingston quarterback Chapman Parker made sure to turn off his cell phone on Friday night so he could get some sleep after his eye-popping, record-setting performance against Washingtonville.
Sure enough, when Parker woke up at 8 a.m. on Saturday, his phone was inundated with congratulatory text and Snapchat messages. In perhaps the most impressive performance in Section 9 history, Parker set Section 9 records by throwing for 552 yards and eight touchdowns to lead Kingston to a come-from-behind 62-59 win on Friday.
Parker’s 552 yards is the second-most in state history and his eight touchdowns tied the state record. He threw five touchdown passes to Jackson Parker (no relation), who had 245 receiving yards (fifth all-time in Section 9). Parker’s five touchdown catches tied a Section 9 record held by four other players.
“I didn’t realize when I was playing that I had so many yards,” said Chapman Parker, a junior. “It didn’t even cross my mind. I had no clue I had so many yards. Honestly, it’s unbelievable. We haven’t put numbers up like that at Kingston in a long time. It’s awesome.”
Former Cornwall quarterback Mike White, who went on to star at Marist, had held Section 9’s single-game passing record for almost six years. He threw for 500 yards in Cornwall’s win over Wallkill in the Section 9 Class A championship in 2012. A year later, Chester’s Vinny Aloi set a Section 9 record by throwing seven touchdowns in a 55-14 win over Moriah in the semifinals of the Class D state playoffs.
Those records now belong to Parker, who was unheralded until Friday night.
“It’s good to see that Section 9 is still competing at a high level,” White said. “(Parker) must have had an awesome game. Unfortunately, it wasn’t (Cornwall quarterback) Aidan Semo, but I congratulate him. I’m sure that he is stoked. He had an incredible game and it is good for Section 9.”
Parker said he was sore and limping on Saturday morning, but he didn’t mind, considering his performance and the fact that Kingston came back from 26 points for a heart stopping win. Chapman Parker connected with Jackson Parker on a 57-yard touchdown with 45 seconds left for the game-winner.
The once proud Kingston program has struggled for years, but Chapman Parker hopes Friday night’s magic helps turn the program around.
“None of this has honestly sunk in yet,” he said. “I remember all week and last year people in school will ask the team ‘Are you going to get the W, blah, blah, blah. It has been hard for us, but we have stayed together. If we don’t lose ourselves we can pretty much do anything. I’m excited for my boys not quitting and I’m proud of all of them.”
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