Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00
The Glen Cove Middle School football team took on the Great Neck South team at home on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The game started out with Glen Cove defensive tackle Diallo Brown causing a fumble on a big hit which was recovered by safety Tim Artinian. The Glen Cove offense went on a long drive which resulted in a 5-yard TD run by fullback Anthony Gutilla. QB Billy Neice ran in the extra point for a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, Great Neck South scored on a fourth down play on Glen Cove’s one-yard line but the defense stepped up and stopped the extra point preserving a 7-6 lead. In the third quarter, Anthony Strangolagalli made a big tackle on the Great Neck back causing a fumble which was recovered by defensive tackle Rashawn White. Fullback Anthony Gutilla added his second TD of the game when he ran it in from 8-yards out. Halfback Eishen Coefield added the extra point making it 14-6. In the fourth quarter quarterback Josh Martin threw Paul Cavese a beautiful pass and behind great blocking from offensive linemen Sean Peet, Ralik Jackson and Alan Reyes, Paul Cavese was able to take it in from 40 yards out for his second TD of the game. QB Martin then passed to tight end Morgan Marshall for the extra point and a 27-13 lead. Great Neck added two scores of their own, one late in the fourth quarter and another in the fifth quarter making the final score 27-19. Great games were turned in by corner back/tight end Paul Cavese, Eduardo Monteceer, QB Billy Neice, Josh Martin, and defensive linemen Diallo Brown Anthony Strangolagalli, Ralik Jackson and Tajah Garner.
With the win, Glen Cove improved to 2-1 and faced a very tough Syosset (Southwoods) team on Monday, Oct. 26. They traveled down to Syosset to face the undefeated Thompson Middle School. Glen Cove was missing both their seventh-grade and eighth-grade quarterbacks due to injuries. The eighth-grade team was also missing two starting linemen who played both ways on offense and defense due to illness. To make matters worse, Glen Cove lost their starting center/defensive end in the first quarter to a bruised arm. In the first quarter Glen Cove quickly fell behind 14-0. The Glen Cove team refused to quit and came out strong in the second quarter when quarterback Paul Cavese took the snap and ran it off tackle for a 60-yard TD. Quarterback Paul Cavese added the extra point. On Syosset’s next offensive possession Glen Cove defensive lineman Fabrizio Dilorenzo sacked the Syosset QB, forcing Syosset to punt. The Glen Cove offensequickly scored agai when halfback Hugo Pineda took a hand-off and raced 50 yards for Glen Cove’s second touchdown of the game. The extra point failed and Glen Cove found themselves down 14-13. Syosset scored again in the second quarter and added their extra point and increased their lead to 21-13. In the third quarter Glen Cove went on their best drive of the year. The drive saw fullback Antony Gutilla and quarterback Billy Niece make some great runs. The drive took up the entire third quarter and culminated with Anthony Gutilla taking it in from 8-yards out. The point after failed again and Glen Cove edged closer making the score 21-19. The fourth quarter saw Glen Cove take their first lead of the game when halfback Sean Tan broke a long TD run off left tackle (extra point failed) for a 25-21 lead. Syosset scored again late in the fourth quarter and made their extra point for a 28-25 lead. In the fifth and final quarter the offensive line - consisting of Allen Reyes, Alex Aquila, Diallo Brown, Max Eggimann, Chris Ortiz and Rashawn White - played their best game of the year and opened some large holes for the offensive backs to run through. The drive culminated with a great 2-yard run from QB Billy Niece with less than a minute to go. The extra point failed but Glen Cove regained the lead 31-28. The lead held up and Glen Cove left Syosset with a hard fought victory. Glen Cove will travel to Oyster Bay this Friday for a 4:15 p.m. game.