Written by Nick Palma Friday, 29 October 2010 00:00
Hands were held high on Saturday, October 16th when the Mineola Mustangs defeated Friends Academy 38-6. Once the opening kickoff was underway Mineola took control on both sides of the ball.
Whether it was preventing Friends Academy from a first down on defense or breaking out for a big play on offense, the Mustangs never let Friends get in their way. Sophomore running-back, Brian Gaffney put Mineola on the scoreboard in the first quarter when he ran it in the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown.
Junior running-back, Steve Napolitano would later run it in for a six-yard touchdown to put the Mustangs on top at 12-0 by the end of the first quarter. Even though it is hard to believe but the Mustangs offense broke out even more in the second quarter, they did just that by scoring 20 points.
Junior wide-out, Nico Pantelides would catch two touchdowns on two breakout plays, catching a 30-yard TD pass from Mineola’s secret offensive weapon, Steven O’Connor and a 41-yard pass from Rob Clarkin. Steven is one of Mineola’s few seniors but shows true dedication and leadership for the game on and off the field as he starts at Outside Linebacker and gets a variety of reps in on the offense.
Three more seniors who have brought experience and leadership to the field are Center Luke Escobar, Left Guard Mike Cerqueira, and Defensive Tackle Mike Ianelli who is coming off ACL surgery from last season. One of the key players that has kept this offense in tack throughout the season is Quarterback Rob Clarkin who has a good sense of the field when throwing the football and isn’t afraid to take a hit when running with it.
Clarkin finished the game with 107 passing yards, 50 rushing yards and one touchdown pass. Napolitano led all rushers with 125 yards and a TD as well.
Mineola’s defense has stayed strong throughout the season and showed its skill on Saturday when they had three interceptions along with three sacks and a fumble recovery. Mineola may have never gotten to the point of where they are now in the season if it wasn’t for the coaching staff. It is noteworthy to recognize what a great job Coach Guido, Coach Bohringer, and Coach Tortora have done so far as they look to keep it up, where they are shooting for a home playoff game this upcoming postseason.
Mineola is now ranked 3rd in the Conference as they look to pursue beyond the regular season this year.
In Other Sports News…
The Mineola Boys soccer team has played well above-par this season as they are now 9-1-3 landing them in first place in their Conference. Coach Paul Pereira and Coach Al Cavalluzzo not only have high expectations on winning a Conference title, but believe that this team has the talent to go deep into the playoff bracket this upcoming fall.
Girls Volleyball has been playing strong as well as they are battling for back-to-back Conference titles where they are now in second place. They have recently defeated the 5th place team, East Rockaway and in a 4-game set, defeating the Rocks 3-1.