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Plainedge Roars Into First Place Tie

Offensive Fireworks Give Red Devils a Comeback Win

It was the biggest game of the year for the Plainedge High School football squad. And the Red Devils did not disappoint, traveling to Lynbrook to topple the previously unbeaten squad by a 42-35 margin.

The win puts Plainedge in a first-place tie with Lynbrook in Conference III play. Plainedge now sports a 7-1 regular season record.

In the high-scoring affair, quarterback Will Crapo had his best game of the season, passing for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 16 completions.

Lynbrook jumped out to a 14-0 lead, thanks to the offensive prowess of Tom DeNapoli, who scored on a 54-yard run to get Lynbrook on the board.

However, the Red Devils’ mighty offense got untracked in the second quarter, with Crapo throwing a 53-yard touchdown strike to D.J. Gillen.

The offensive show was on and DeNapoli followed with a 61-yard touchdown run, giving Lynbrook an imposing 21-6 lead. But Crapo was just getting started. He connected again with Gillen on a nine-yard touchdown pass and again with Gillen for the two-point conversion. Plainedge was now down 21-14.

But the Red Devils could not contain DeNapoli, who was having a career day of his own—-he would rush for 235 yards, while scoring four touchdowns. DeNapoli followed his 61-yard run with an 80-yard touchdown gallop. Not to be outdone, he followed that with an 85-yard kickoff return for another touchdown.

But Plainedge was able to answer DeNapoli’s amazing one-man show. In between DeNapoli’s heroics, Anthony Tardalo scored on a one-yard run, and Crapo connected with Jones for a 13-yard touchdown strike.

The fourth quarter belonged to Plainedge as the touchdown pass to Andrew Jones was only the beginning of the offensive fireworks. Plainedge outscored Lynbrook 21-0 in the final frame to gain the remarkable 42-35 triumph.

The second score in the fourth quarter was a 13-yard touchdown run by Tardalo, one that tied the score at 35-35. By now, the Plainedge defense was keeping DeNapoli in check, and Crapo’s 18-yard touchdown toss to Mike Vannucci with 1:24 remaining gave Plainedge the lead and the big win.

Massapequa Falls to Freeport

Meanwhile, the Massapequa Chiefs lost a tough one at home last Saturday, falling to Freeport, 19-16. Kenny Fundus got the Chiefs off to a good start, scoring on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Neu to give the Chiefs a 7-0 second quarter lead. In the third quarter, Fundus scored again on a five-yard run and the Chiefs would follow that with a safety, giving them a 16-0 lead.

However, Freeport bounced back, with quarterback Paul Ketchens connecting twice with Ashanti Foster-Felder on touchdown passes that put Freeport back in the game. A touchdown run by Jeff Williams gave Freeport a fourth quarter lead and the win. Massapequa now stands at 6-2, tied for second with Freeport in Conference I play.

Pep Rally for Football Powerhouse

Last week, The Massapequan Observer reported on the successful homecoming events at Massapequa High School. In addition to stellar play on the gridiron, Plainedge High School had their own top-notch Homecoming 2009 festivities.

“Go Big Red,” could be heard loud and clear as students and staff at Plainedge High School filled the gymnasium ready to show their school spirit during this year’s Pep Rally. The senior class was determined to win when each class tried to out cheer the others, while the band set the tone during the challenge of the-cheers.

Both the cheerleaders and the kickline added to the festivities by entertaining the crowd with their enthusiasm and precision. The members of this year’s Homecoming Court were also introduced; James Jadotte, Dylan Levings, Ryan Tierney, Matt Hoch, Adam Guzman, Valarie DeSanto, Jaime Duncan, Lauren Blumberg, Paige Davidson and Natalie Farinella.

Finally the moment everyone had been waiting for and the highlight of the Pep Rally was the introduction of the athletes who entered the gym to the roar of the crowd. As a preview to the Homecoming game against South Side High School, the football team demonstrated a few plays and the rally came to an end with students cheering loud and proud “Go Big Red.”

In the game itself, Plainedge had no problem in defeating South Side, 33-13.