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A Big Season Is Shaping Up

Massapequa, Plainedge Off to Unbeaten Starts

Massapequa isn’t the only local high school off to a terrific start in the 2009 football season. The Plainedge High School Red Devils are also riding an unbeaten streak.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Red Devils improved to 4-0 with an impressive 28-0 shellacking of Glen Cove.

In the away game, Will Crapo ran and passed for 200 yards total as the Red Devils got off to a quick 14-0 first quarter lead.

Crapo ran for two touchdowns and tossed a scoring strike for Gerard Bert. Mike Rakitzis scored the Red Devils fourth touchdown with a 55-yard run. Bert had four catches for 74 yards. Matt Kelty starred on both sides of the ball, going four-for-four in points after attempts and making four tackles on defense. Chris Kelly was Plainedge’s defensive star with six tackles. Also on defense, Mike Maxwell had an interception, while Kelty recovered a fumble.

Earlier, on Saturday, Sept. 24, Plainedge defeated the North Shore Vikings by an overwhelming 51-7 margin. Anthony Tardelo had a 70-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter and rushed for 119 yards on five carries. The Red Devils offense rushed for a total of 345 yards. Jake Knispel had two touchdowns and ran for 63 yards on seven carries. Will Crapo was five for eight passing for 86 yards.

The Red Devils cheerleaders had a workout as well. They do push-ups for each time the team scores, and on Sept. 24, that was about 291 push-ups.

On Oct. 10, the Red Devils entertain Hewlett with a 3:00 p.m. kickoff time. The Red Devils are tied with Sewanhaka and Lynbrook for first place in Conference II play.

Meanwhile, the Massapequa Chiefs continued their unbeaten ways by defeating Uniondale, 21-8 at an Oct. 3 home game. Quarterback Griff Morley was the offensive star for the Chiefs. Morley led the Chiefs on both ground and in the air. He passed for 113 yards on 11 completions, while running for two touchdowns, one a 35-yard scamper early in the second quarter. Reliable running star Kenny Fundus ran for 91 yards and scored the Chiefs first touchdown on a 14-yard run.

Massapequa is now tied with both Hicksville and Freeport at the top of the heap in Conference I action.

This Saturday, the Chiefs travel to Hempstead for a 3:00 p.m. day game.