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Triumph for Massapequa; Heartbreak for Plainedge

The Massapequa area’s two mighty football squads marched into action last Saturday, both sporting undefeated records for the 2009 season. The Massapequa Chiefs continued their winning ways with a solid victory over Hempstead. However, the Plainedge Red Devils lost a heartbreaker, falling to Hewlett, 14-13 in a hard-fought game that saw Plainedge come within one point late in the game, only to have a point-after attempt blocked, a play that gave Hewlett its narrow victory.

In the loss, Plainedge got on the board first, with Will Crapo firing an 82-yard touchdown strike to Mike Vannucci. That outstanding effort gave Plainedge a 7-0 halftime lead.

Neither team would score again until the fourth quarter. A 60-yard touchdown pass from Alex Kahn to Roey Schmuel tied the game for Hewlett. On the next series, Plainedge made a costly error as a bad snap ended up in the end zone where Zac Schwartz recovered it for a touchdown, giving Hewlett a 14-7 lead. But Plainedge recovered. Ron Franz’s one-yard plunge brought the Red Devils within a point. However, the blocked point after gave Hewlett its slim one-point lead, one that they preserved in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. On this Saturday, Oct. 17, Plainedge, now sporting an impressive 4-1 record, will entertain South Side for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff time contest.

Big Win For Massapequa

Meanwhile, the Massapequa Chiefs improved to 5-0 with a convincing win over Hempstead. The Chiefs jumped out to a 14-6 first quarter lead, then added on 17 more points in the second frame to pull away to a 31-12 halftime lead.

The Chiefs got on the board with a 45-yard scoring strike from Griff Morley to Steven Romano. Once again, Kenny Fundus led the ground attack. Fundus had his best game of the season, running for 142 yards on 17 carries, scoring three touchdowns, including scoring runs of 14 and 30 yards, all of which gave Massapequa its commanding first half advantage. Massapequa wrapped up its big scoring day with a seven-yard touchdown run by Ryan Neu.

Senior defensive end Brian Kelly also had his best game of the season. Reilly had seven tackles, including three quarterback sacks. In addition, Brendan Keogh was perfect in the kicking game. Keogh connected on his only field goal attempt and booted through all five point after attempts.

The Massapequa juggernaut now travels to Farmingdale for an Oct. 17, 2 p.m. road game.