On Saturday, Nov. 6, the JV Football Bulldogs played their season finale against North Shore. Although the Bulldogs played their hearts out, they came up short, losing to a tough Viking squad (7-1) by the score of 28-3. Both teams played a strong defensive game, each holding their opponent to five first downs. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Vikings capitalized on four big Bulldog mistakes. The Bulldogs opened the scoring on a 30-yard field goal by Herbert Reyes. This was Reyes' first game back due to a season-long injury. A Mike Rossi end around play for 40 yards set up the field goal. Rossi ended the day with 139 all-purpose yardage. Then came the Vikings big plays. North Shore got the ball on the Bulldog 40-yard line, rushed for their first first down halfway through the second quarter. Then the Vikings scored on a screen pass that went 30 yards for the TD to take the lead 7-3. The Bulldogs got strong defensive efforts by Reyes, Matt Fiorello, Zack Strauss, Fernando Suarez and Ed Seremeta. With eight seconds left in the half, the Vikings struck again on a long 59-yard pass play. Dan Dugal and Peter Moran had a good day on special teams. Ninth graders Matt Brady and Johnny Kean did a nice job as well at their respective positions. Overall it was an exciting season for the Bulldogs. Their final record was 3-5, but could have easily been 5-3 with a few more breaks going for the Bulldogs. The Island Trees coaching staff thanks everyone for their support and interest in the program.
The Bulldogs put their 4-0 record on the line against a very powerful Mineola Mustang team at Hampton Stadium. Once again the defense played spectacular as they hit furiously causing the Mustangs to couch up the ball on two occasions. On the opening possession of the game, George Fotedis pounced on the ball, which was fumbled after a Vinny Ciaravino crushing blow. Ciaravino finished the day with 10 tackles. The Dawgs converted the recovery as Peter Plaia ran in for a TD and Anthony DiDomenico kicked the extra point. With time running out in the first quarter, Ryan Aguirre recovered another fumble by the Mustangs on the Island Trees 35-yard line. Wasting no time, the Bulldogs went up top as Kevin McGovern threw a dart 35 yards down field to Michael Doscher who was dragged down at the 3 for a 62-yard completion. Anthony DiDomenico bulled in to make it 14-0. Michael Wrightington added a second quarter TD to increase the score to 20-0. Chris Blauvelt, John Burro, Mario Curcio, John Davidson, Dan Haughney, Ryan Hollett, Kyle Ludwig, Steven O'Brien and Michael Padgett turned in solid defensive play. Evan Mastro continues to improve each week as he had seven solo tackles at defensive end. Early in the fourth period Mineola scored to make the score 20-7. The Bulldogs were driving again when they fumbled on the Mineola five to begin the fifth period. The Dawgs would not be denied this victory as James Albert and George Fotedis sacked the QB in the end zone for a two point safety making the final score 22-7. The boys look to complete a perfect 6-0 season when they host the Frogs of Carle Place.