Written by Nick Palma Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00
It was a rough day for Mineola varsity football on Saturday, Oct. 3, as they lost their homecoming game to a tough Malverne team. Malverne was ranked third coming into this year’s football season so Mineola had to expect a challenge.
Mineola got on the scoreboard first, as Rijo Maracheril caught a 40-yard pass from Mike Escobar in the first quarter, putting Mineola up 7-0 going into the second quarter.
Malverne would then score tying the game at 7-7, but not too long after, Nico Pantelides caught a 4-yard touchdown pass, making it a 13-7 game.
Malverne would go up by one point, going into halftime, and then took control of the game in the second half, scoring three straight touchdowns to defeat Mineola by a final score of 33-20.
Although the Homecoming Parade was canceled due to bad weather, the game and its atmosphere were great. The Mineola fans were all into the game, filling up the stands. The marching band gave the fans something to watch as they performed during halftime. So, although it was an upsetting loss for Mineola, as this loss really slims the hope of making the playoffs, the Mustangs can still bounce back and have a good year.
The next game is Oct. 17 at Roosevelt.
Editor’s Note: Nick Palma is a varsity football player in his junior year at Mineola High School. While currently on the disabled list, Nick wanted to begin to pursue his journalistic goal by penning this article. We commend him for his efforts and appreciate his contributions to the Mineola American.