Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00
The Glen Cove High School Big Red Football Team won its home opener on Saturday in a thrilling come from behind game with the Sewanhaka Indians. The Big Red would score 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to steal the victory 35-28, in front of a raucous crowd on Jr. Football and Cheerleading Day.
The day was set up by the school district’s Athletic Committee to celebrate the 54 years of Glen Cove Jr. Football and Cheerleading. Members of the High School Cheerleading Squad were joined by their younger counterparts from the Jr. Cheerleaders and Jr. Football players and coaches to form a tunnel to welcome the Big Red onto the field.
The Big Red seemed over matched by the huge line of Sewanhaka, and when Indian back Ralik Morris took off on a 77-yard run, it looked like it was going to be a long day for Glen Cove. But the Big Red would answer back with a beautiful 68-yard pass from Will Kassar to Johnny Fiorino. Another Sewanhaka long run put the Indians back in the lead 14-7. The Sewanhaka defense forced a turnover, and the Indians converted to make the score 20-7 at the end of the first quarter.
But the Big Red would not back down. GC would get back in the game with an 11 play 78-yard drive behind the offensive line of Mario Serrano, Stephan Stephens, Fabrisky Jean-Claude, Phil Ferrante and Dane Caufield. Chris Saperstein powered the ball over from the one and it was a new ball game.
Despite giving up a score after two Big Red turnovers, the GC defense led by Nick Rant, Joe Curcio, Andrew Trakakis, Danny Lynch, Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Guastella took control of the game. The third quarter ended with GC on the goal line. As the teams traded sides of the field, Kassar once again found Fiorino on a quick pass pulling the Big Red within a touchdown, on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The defense forced the first of three Sewanhaka fourth quarter turnovers giving the Big Red the ball on the 24. Guastella recovered a fumble and GC needed only two plays to tie the score at 28. Billy Neice (6 carries 57 yards) gained 13 yards on first down, and Kassar would hit his third TD pass of the day, this one to Anthony Famigletti from 11 yards out with just over 19 minutes to go.
A fumble recovery by Nick Manzione stopped Sewanhaka’s next possession. The Big Red could not convert, but pinned the Indians deep in their own territory. Forced to pass, the Big Red defensive backs were now in the spotlight. Could corners Christian Klimaszewski, Mike Burrell and James Hauser and safeties Derek Shearer, Bobby MacDonald and Brandon Villa come up with a play to stop the Indians? The answer was yes! MacDonald would step in front of the Sewanhaka receiver and make a key interception for GC, giving the Big Red the ball at the Sewanhaka 9-yard line.
QB Kassar would take over once again. On third down, Kassar found MacDonald in the back of the endzone for his fourth TD pass of the day and Glen Cove’s first lead at 35-28! Once again the defense would hold, and as Kassar took a knee, the Big Red had the victory.
Glen Cove’s next home game is Saturday at 5 p.m. vs. the Lawrence Golden Tornadoes.