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Massapequa Off to a Flying Start

Chiefs 3-0 in New Season; Tackle Uniondale This Saturday

The mighty Massapequa Chiefs are off to a roaring start in the 2009 season.

The Chiefs opened the year with a convincing 24-7 triumph over Syosset, followed up by wins over Plainview and Calhoun.

In all their games, the Chiefs high-powered offense has been operating on all cylinders. Massapequa scored 49 points in their win over Plainview JFK. The win over Calhoun was by a closer, 24-20 margin.

In the Chiefs most recent win, the Chiefs, playing on the road, jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter lead over Calhoun, only to see Calhoun answer with 13 points in the second quarter.

The lead changed hands again in the second half. A 42-yard interception return by Rob Goeren gave Massapequa a 17-13 third quarter lead. However, Calhoun answered again with a 70-yard kickoff return touchdown run by Julian Lee. In the final quarter, the Chiefs mounted a 50-yard drive with 3:35 left in the game to win the contest and remain unbeaten.

The big play of the drive was a 25-yard pass from Griff Morley to Steve Romano, one that put the ball inside the 10-yard line. With 1:51 left in the game, Kenny Fundus scored on a one-yard run that gave the Chiefs their thrilling come-from-behind win.

On the offensive side, Fundus had 71 yards on 11 carries, while Morley and Romano connected on six successful passing plays for 53 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass.

In the win over Plainview, Massapequa jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead en route to an easy win. Griff Morley passed for 147 yards including his first touchdown strike of the season, a 57-yard pass to his favorite target, Steve Romano. Kenny Fundus rushed for two touchdowns, while Luke Pelizzi had a scoring run of his own. The Massapequa defense shut down the Plainview offense with three interceptions, including a 55-yard pickoff for a touchdown by Romano, the play that put the Chiefs on the board in the first quarter.

In the opener, a road game at Syosset, Massapequa fell behind their opponents 7-0 in the second quarter, before turning on the jets in the second half, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and 10 points in the final frame for the 24-7 win.

Kenny Fundus rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns, while Griff Morley, starting at quarterback and attempting to fill the big shoes left behind by last year’s starter, Rob Van Bargen, passed for 149 yards while also scoring a touchdown on a four-yard run. Steve Romano caught four passes for 78 yards, while Alex Minikes had two sacks for the Chiefs on defense.

Tomorrow, at 1:30 p.m., the Chiefs entertain Uniondale as they attempt to keep their undefeated season on track to greater glory.