Written by Joe Enea Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00
The end of the season has arrived and Manhasset’s football was looking to end on a good note. After an extremely overbearing season, Manhasset wanted it to end with a win in the books and a second win on the season. The Indians were playing a threatening opponent in the Floral Park Knights (4-3) with a very good defensive approach. Although Manhasset wasn’t going to make the playoffs, they tried shut out any momentum Floral Park had. Many fans came out to support the (1-6) team but the Indians were unable to come up with the win.
Manhasset’s offense was stagnant all day because of the tough interior defense of Floral Park. Thomas Duran hardly had any time to throw the ball or make a decision in the pocket. When he did get the ball out of his hands, the wide receivers didn’t get many openings to make a play because of the tight defense. The running game wasn’t much better. Floral Park was superb in their defensive rush. Manhasset’s running backs struggled to make space and make a big play.
The offensive line slowly fell apart as the game went on. With many players injured the players began to get tired because they were playing so many minutes, so eventually the entire offense collapsed.
As the offense struggled, the defense seemed to have a harder time than the offense. With many of the best defensive players out, key role players had to step up but didn’t. The Indians couldn’t get any kind of pass rush or defensive coverage on the offensive attack for Floral park. The quarterback for Floral Park had all kinds of time in the pocket. The pass rush was getting completely shut down by the offensive line for Floral Park. The cornerbacks for Manhasset couldn’t do anything to stop the wide receivers and it seemed as if Floral Park could pass the ball all day.
It was a tough loss to swallow for Indians, and especially how they ended the season. It seemed the issues they had were reoccurring throughout every game and they weren’t addressed properly. Manhasset was also plagued by injuries the entire season including three captains, Matt Basso, James Farrell, and Bryan Herbert. Every week the injuries grew and there was a new player injured every week.
Manhasset couldn’t get it done this game or the season. They lost an emotional, 49-0 to Floral Park. Although it was a bad season according to their record, it was always fun to go out and watch their games. Manhasset will be back next year with hopefully a better season than this past one.