Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00
It was Homecoming Weekend at Massapequa High School and the boys’ football team did not disappoint as they jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead while on their way to a 28-14 win over Baldwin.
Vassili Grigorakos and Matt Pagano provided the offense for the Chiefs as the game was won with a combination of a solid ground game and a balanced passing attack.
Grigorakos ran for 122 yards and one touchdown, while Pagano passed for 105 yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs quarterback also ran for 51 yards and one touchdown. Also scoring touchdowns were Jack Korner and Dan Muller. Korner ran for 48 yards, while completing an exciting 28-yard touchdown run in the second quarter as the Chiefs built up a 21-7 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Pagano connected with Muller for a 27-yard touchdown pass to complete the Chiefs scoring. Baldwin scored their second touchdown in the final frame, but that was too late to overcome the Chiefs’ earlier lead.
Massapequa got on the board early with Grigorakos’s 15-yard touchdown run. Pagano capped off a successful drive with a one-yard plunge, giving the Chiefs their first quarter lead. On defense, Anthony Turano had three quarterback sacks and seven tackles.
The win gives Massapequa a 1-1 record as the Chiefs bounced back from a Sept. 10 road defeat at East Meadow.
Massapequa is the Parade Capital of Long Island and Homecoming 2011 was no different as the morning of the game saw another pageant down Broadway before everyone traveled to the high school to cheer on the football squad.
The parade featured the Massapequa High School marching band, the cheerleading squad, the 2011 Homecoming Court, a Marine Corp color guard, Nassau County police on horseback, local politicians, and representatives from the Unqua School.
At halftime of the football game, more ceremonies took place. The marching band, plus the Massapequa High School Chiefettes, the Massapequa High School Cheerleaders all performed.
In addition, Robert Marsalona and Kathleen McDonough were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.
Other members of the Homecoming Court were: Matthew Spinelli and Brooke Finkelstein, freshman class; Christopher Wahl and Kristen Costello, sophomore class; Peter Olivares and Sharon McCaffrey, junior class; and Richard Brown and Gabby Flavoni, senior class.