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Varsity Rallies to beat Longwood 25-21

Varsity vs Longwood HS on 9/25/2009 6:00:00 PM
Posted Saturday, September 26, 2009 by Newsday.com
There is a turning point  in every football season. There is no doubt that the turning point in this football season for Longwood and Sachem North came somewhere in the remarkable developments of the second half of Friday night's slugfest.

Memories of that half will stay with these football teams for the rest of this season. Led by junior quarterback Angelo Armine and a swarming defense unit, Sachem North erased a 21-point halftime deficit for a stunning 25-21 win over Longwood in a Suffolk Division I football game Friday night.

Sachem North (3-0) forced three turnovers and scored on four of five second-half possessions. Davon Lawrence's 43-yard TD run with 2:36 left in the game capped the rally.

"He's so explosive," Sachem North coach Dave Falco said. "He's difficult to bring down."

Longwood (0-3) opened the scoring when Anthony Bulluck went up the middle for an 80-yard TD run with 6:33 left in the first quarter and Tom Scala's 38-yard TD catch made it 14-0. His 24-yard TD run gave the Lions a 21-0 halftime lead.

"We made some mistakes in the first half," junior linebacker Jesse Scanna said. "And we were up against it but we stuc k together because we have excellent team leaders and didn't quit."

Center Tim Lang, who moved from tight end to the new position, keyed a running attack that gained more than 200 yards in the second half.

"[Lang] did a much better job on the middle linebacker," Falco said. "And the offense really had it going."

Joe Kirchner recovered a Longwood fumble on the first possession of the second half and five plays later, Armine scored on a 4-yard run. On Sachem's next possession, Lawrence burst through the line for a 60-yard score to cut it to 21-13 with 2:55 left in the third. He finished with 151 yards on 14 carries.

The defining moment may have come with 7:17 left in the game, when Armine faced third-and-12 from the Lions 45.

"I dropped to throw and there was a lane so I took it," said Armine, who scrambled for 37 yards and a first down to the Lions 8. Three plays later, bruising halfback Mike Andreassi, scored from two yards out to make it 21-19 with 6:31 left. "This one feels real good," Falco said. "It could define our season."

It just may be a sign of good things to come.

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