Coming off a disappointing loss against Lynbrook a few weeks ago, the Great Neck North Blazer football team has resiliently come back to win three straight games to give them a 4-2 record. In order for Great Neck North to fill out the fourth and final spot for the playoffs they will most likely have to win out the rest of their games against Clarke and Roslyn.
The first game of the winning streak, was a much-needed one against a struggling Jericho squad. The Blazers dismantled Jericho by a score of 34-0 in a game that saw fullback Kenny Sussman have his best game of the year so far. Sussman rushed for 213 yards on 19 carries and reached the end zone four times.
The following week in North's annual homecoming game, the Blazers squared off against Floral Park, and dominated throughout, winning 29-14. Kenny Sussman had another huge day scoring three touchdowns on 186 yards, and added 10 tackles and an interception on defense. But the highlight of the day came late in the game when Nicky Stertz connected with Sam Scanlon on a 21-yard touchdown pass, sending the Blazer faithful into a frenzy.
Next, was another must win game for Great Neck North against a 1-4 New Hyde Park team whose record was not a true reflection of their ability. New Hyde Park held the Blazer offense scoreless in this game, but North was able to squeak out a 14-7 win with the help of the outstanding performance on defense and special teams. All 14 of North's points came in the first quarter on a 40-yard fumble return by Kenny Sussman, and a 48-yard punt return by Brian Hakimi. The Blazer defense was rock solid, holding New Hyde Park to just seven points and forcing six turnovers, including two interceptions from cornerbacks Bryan Hakimi and one from Andrew Lamkay. Jeff Fein contributed with seven tackles.
This coming weekend the Blazers will play what is probably their biggest game of the year against Clarke (5-1). Should Great Neck North defeat Clarke, they will be fortunate enough to most likely take on another win with a game against Roslyn who is winless so far this season. There is still a possible chance Great Neck North can make a playoff appearance, though the power ratings are not entirely in their favor. The fourth playoff spot will most likely come down to Great Neck North, Clarke or Lynbrook.
The Blazers are home against Clarke this Saturday at 2 p.m. Be there!