Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00
The fall sports season is underway and the Massapequa Chiefs have established an offensive powerhouse that has given them a winning 4-2 record, one that is tied for third in Conference I play.
The Chiefs juggernaut was on display in a home game last Saturday as they steamrolled Plainview JFK, 49-21. The ground game was in high gear as T. J. South ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns, while Jack Korber added 108 yards rushing with two touchdowns. South set the pace for the game with a 30-yard run on the Chiefs’ first possession.
Quarterback Paul Bentz had 68 yards rushing with one touchdown. Bentz also threw a touchdown pass to Dan Muller as the Chiefs grabbed an early 14-0 lead, one they never relinquished.
By the time of the Plainview game, the Chiefs’ offense was already clicking on all burners. On Oct. 6, Massapequa traveled to Port Washington, where they scored an even more impressive 50-6 win.
Matt Pagano was the Chiefs’ star on offense. Pagano passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Massapequa scored all 50 points in just the first two quarters. The Chiefs’ talented quarterback tossed touchdown strikes to both Dan Muller and Rob Flood. The Muller connection was for 45 yards while Flood was on the receiving end of a 16-yard strike.
Once again, T.J. South was the running star, racking up 105 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown. Jack Korber had another fine game, scoring on a 45-yard run.
The wins over both Plainview and Port Washington represented a convincing comeback for Massapequa as they came off a disappointing 34-16 home defeat to undefeated Freeport.
For September, Massapequa went 2-1. The season began with an away game loss to East Meadow, 42-24. Massapequa scored first in that game on Craig Berge field goal. But East Meadow’s own high-powered offense put the game out of the reach in the second quarter, as the Jets scored 28 points, holding off a fierce second-half comeback by the Chiefs, one that featured touchdown runs by Jack Korber and Taylor Bocchiaro.
But that defeat was quickly erased by two convincing wins, one over Valley Stream Central and the Sept. 24 homecoming win over Baldwin.
In the away game at Valley Stream, the Chiefs took a 13-6 first quarter lead while on their way to a 50-18 triumph, the first indication that this year’s Massapequa squad was certain to be something special. Massapequa had a modest 15-12 halftime lead, but they blew the game away in the second half with 21 points in the third quarter and 14 in the final frame, showing, all the while, no fatigue as they marched up and down the field in one score after another.
Matt Pagano tossed three touchdown passes, one each to Jack Korber, Harry Lowe and Dan Muller. Vassili Grigorakos paced the ground game, running for 111 yards and three touchdowns. Taylor Bocchiaro also scored on the ground, while Craig Berge had a busy day, kicking six of seven points after attempts through the goal posts.
The huge win over Valley Stream set up Massapequa for a 28-14 homecoming win over Baldwin. Matt Pagano continued to star on both the ground and via the air, scoring on a one-yard run and tossing a 27-yard touchdown pass to Dan Muller. Vassili Grigorakos had another 100-yard plus game, running for 122 yards and scoring on a 15-yard run. Jack Korner chipped in with an impressive 28-yard run of his own.
In the middle of such offensive fireworks, it’s easy to forget that football games, as in all team sports, are won on defensive efforts. Throughout the winning season, Mike McCarren, Jon Dillon, Dan Fradella, Nick Capuana, Kevin Hastings, Anthony Turano, Kevin Wasson, Grady O’Halleran, Tom Catinella, along with Korber and Grigorakos have kept the opposing teams offensive in check, giving the ball to the offense in good field position and allowing them to work their scoring drives.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Chiefs will travel to Farmingdale for a 1:30 p.m. home game as they hope to continue their winning ways.