Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00
The Massapequa Chiefs finished the regular season last Saturday with another convincing win, defeating Hempstead, 54-0, giving them a 6-2 record as they head into the postseason with their offense, burning on all cylinders.
The Chiefs jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and continued to score in all four quarters as they finished the regular season with a 6-2 record, tied for second with Baldwin in the highly competitive Conference I division. (MacArthur, Freeport, and East Meadow are all tied for first with 7-1 records.)
Matt Pagano continued his pinpoint passing, throwing for three touchdowns, two to Harry Lowe and one to Rob Flood. Taylor Bocchiaro ran for 86 yards and three touchdowns, while Jack Dillon and Vassili Grigorakos both had 12 tackles on defense.
Next for Massapequa is a playoff game this Saturday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. at Baldwin High School.
The Hempstead win was the just the latest to showcase Massapequa’s high-powered offense. On Oct. 22, the Chiefs pulled out to a 21-0 first quarter lead, on their way to defeating Farmingdale, 49-28.
Matt Pagano put on another aerial show, connecting on 10 of 11 tosses for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Dan Muller was on the receiving end of two of those touchdown strikes, including a seven-yard pass that got the Chiefs’ point-scoring machine on track.
The touchdowns were distributed around, with Jack Korber and Rob Flood each scoring on touchdowns passes and Pagano, Taylor Bocchiaro and Vassili Grigorakos all scoring on the ground. Muller’s five receptions totaled 102 yards, while on defense, John Dillon and Anthony Torano had, respectively, 11 and seven tackles each.
The Chiefs high-scoring ways have included wins over Port Washington and Valley Stream, where Massapequa had 50 points, plus 49 points in the win over Plainview. Massapequa’s only two losses came in the season opener to East Meadow and against first place Freeport.
The varsity football team is not, of course, the only Massapequa squad to have a winning season. The girls’ volleyball squad had another undefeated season, going 12-0 and finishing first in Conference AA-1 competition. Playoff action began this past Wednesday and will continue into next week.
The girls’ soccer team had another solid season, finishing with a 7-3 record, including wins in October over Hicksville, East Meadow, MacArthur, Mepham, and Oceanside.
In addition, the boys’ soccer squad went 8-3, finishing second to Syosset in Conference I play. Recent wins for the Chiefs have included victories over Oceanside, Uniondale, Freeport, and Farmingdale.
This month will see playoff action not only in football, volleyball, and soccer, but also in cross country, field hockey, boys volleyball, girls swimming, and girls tennis as Massapequa squads hope to continue their dominance of Nassau County sports.