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Roslyn Wins Conference Title

Fourth down gamble pays off; defense hangs tough

No one can remember the last time it happened, but last Saturday, the Roslyn Bulldogs won the Conference V championship, defeating Port Washington, 15-14.

 

The Bulldogs won the game in amazing fashion. Facing a fourth down and six with three minutes to go in the second quarter, Adam Combs delivered an 18-yard touchdown pass to his favorite target, Isaiah Hunter, giving Roslyn a slim 15-14 lead at halftime. However, that lead would prove to be good enough as neither team scored in the second half, allowing the Bulldogs to hold onto a one point lead.

 

The win was particularly sweet as it avenged an earlier 21-7 loss to Port Washington, which as it turned out, was Roslyn’s only loss of the regular season.

 

The earlier loss to Port Washington was closer than the score indicated as Roslyn was driving for a go ahead touchdown in the third quarter before losing the ball on a fumble. This title game was even closer. After Mike Gennusa got Port

Washington on the board with a 25-yard run, Roslyn rallied back to tie the score on a one-yard run by Thomas Davis. However, Coach Michael Cochoran, playing on the road, elected to go for a two-point conversion. The gamble worked as

Davis scampered in for the conversion, giving Roslyn an 8-7 lead. Port Washington then took the lead on a two-yard run by Angel Reyes. That set the stage for the Combs to Hunter heroics.

 

The second half was dominated by defense. As they have all year, Alex Epprecht and Chris Snipes paced the defense, each scoring 11 tackles. Snipes pitched in with a key fumble recovery. 

 

For the big day, Davis had 128 yards on 21 carries. Combs only threw three passes, connecting on two of them, both to Hunter. Playing an old-fashioned all around game, Snipes also had 83 yards on the ground.

 

For the Bulldogs, vengance was sweet, and with many top stars, including Combs and Davis returning next year, the best may be yet to come for Roslyn football.