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Chiefs Celebrate Homecoming With Big Win

Plainedge Rolls On; Take On Lynbrook for First Place Battle

Last Saturday was Homecoming 2009 at Massapequa High School and the football Chiefs celebrated the occasion in grand fashion by defeating Herricks, 32-0.

The Chiefs relied on the running game to grind out a 14-0 halftime advantage before blowing the game open in the second quarter. As usual, Kenny Fundus was the running star, rushing for 221 yards on 23 attempts with two touchdowns.


Fundus got the Chiefs on the board in the first quarter with an eight-yard run. That was followed by a 25-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Neu to Michael Barry. Fundus scored again in the third quarter. After that, the Chiefs rejuvenated defense took charge. Massapequa scored on two safeties in the third and fourth quarters. John Deignan scored the first safety on a failed Herricks punt attempt and Chris Rossi secured two more points on the board for Massapequa when he tackled a Herricks tailback in the end zone. A 13-yard run by Lee Henderson and another rushing touchdown by Kenny Fundus rounded out the scoring for the Chiefs, who are now 6-1 in Conference I play and tied with East Meadow for first place.

The day also represented the first good weather day for the Homecoming festivities. ‘Pequans were out in full force for both the parade and the game. Prior to the big game, a festive parade featuring a full-dressed Marine Corps color guard, members of the Board of Education and central administration, the marching band, cheerleaders, and kickline team, and representatives from each class on their themed-floats, made its way from the train station to the high school to join bleachers full of fans in support of the Chiefs.

Tomorrow, the Chiefs play Freeport in a 1:30 p.m. home contest.

Scoring Barrage From Plainedge

Also vying for first place in their division is the Plainedge High School Red Devils. Plainedge won its second straight contest last Saturday, topping Lawrence, 38-21. Playing on the road, the Red Devils jumped out to a 12-7 first quarter lead and never trailed, blowing the game open with a 12-0 scoring spree in the final frame.

Plainedge’s high-powered offense excelled on both the ground and in the air. Quarterback Will Crapo put forth another first-rate effort, completing 7 of 11 passes for 116 yards. Anthony Tardalo was the running star, rushing for 238 yards on 21 attempts and scoring three touchdowns. Andrew Jones also had a good day on the ground, rushing for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

In the air, Will Crapo’s favorite targets were Mike Vannucci who had four receptions and Gerard Bert, who caught three passes for 39 yards and one touchdown.

Plainedge is currently 6-1 in Conference III play, only one game behind undefeated Lynbrook.

Tomorrow, the Red Devils have their big opportunity to jump into a tie for first place as they travel to Lynbrook for an all-important 1:30 p.m. contest.