Written by Joe Enea Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00The lights were bright, the cameras were rolling, the rain was coming down in buckets. Yes, it was MSG live Friday night, Sept. 23, from 7:15 to 10 p.m. The Manhasset Indians were the underdogs to the Bethpage Golden Eagles at the home field. The Indians had a great chance to pull away with the win unfortunately they couldn’t bring it home.
Going into the second half, it looked very promising. Manhasset’s main playmaker Ryan Matthews scored a huge 68-yard touchdown with under five minutes to go in the second quarter. Manhasset was ready to come away with the upset, but unfortunately the Bethpage defense was just way too tough for the Manhasset offense.
The ball was slippery, the field was a mess, and the uniforms were wet and the Indians just couldn’t overcome the playing conditions. Looking very sloppy on offense, only scoring 7 points in the entire game. Kevin Overlander, the quarterback, did not have his day, with 1 interception and 1 touchdown. Although some of Overlander’s passes were nice crisp ones, the wind and rain would take it away from the receivers. The defense from Bethpage was just too strong. Every rushing play Manhasset tried to do, they would get shut down.
Bethpage offensive running back haunted the Manhasset defense, and they couldn’t stop him. Throughout the game Manhasset had many nice hits on their running back including those by Chris Howell, Bobby Duvnjak, and Nick Zenobio. The Manhasset defense unfortunately gave up 3 touchdowns to the one running back.
One of the major setbacks that hurt the Indians throughout the game was their turnovers. It almost seemed like they surrendered, it was one after another. A main turnover that really destroyed them was when the corner picked off Kevin Overlander and returned it for a touchdown. After that the Indians appeared to be going downhill. The dagger in Manhasset’s loss was when Phillip Boukas’s punt was blocked and the Bethpage’s defenders returned it for a touchdown.
In the end Manhasset ended up losing 29-7 due to costly turnovers, some poor play calling, and a slippery mess.
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” - Mike Singletary, assistant head coach, Minnesota Vikings and former professional football player.