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Lawrence, Andreassi, Scanna lead Sachem North in Romp

Varsity vs Brentwood HS on 11/13/2009 7:00:00 PM
Posted Saturday, November 14, 2009 by newsday.com

Lawrence, Andreassi & Scanna lead Sachem North in romp


Sachem North defied swirling winds and sheets of rain to dominate No. 6 Brentwood, 42-6, in a Division I semifinal.

Sachemraquo;s Davon Lawrence (6) on

Photo credit: Freelance/Joseph D. Sullivan | Sachem's Davon Lawrence (6) on a touchdown run off the right side in the first half. (November 13, 2009)


In weather that wasn't fit for man or beast, it was a perfect fit for Flaming Arrows.

Host No. 1 Sachem North defied swirling winds and sheets of rain to dominate No. 6 Brentwood, 42-6, Friday night in a Division I semifinal. The Flaming Arrows (10-0) play the winner of Saturday's Lindenhurst-Floyd game at 6 p.m. next Sunday at Stony Brook.

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"It's the first time in school history that we've won 10 games and we're very proud," Sachem North coach Dave Falco said.

Sachem North broke the game open with a 28-point second quarter to take a commanding 35-6 lead at halftime. The scoring spree began after Joe Kirchner sacked Brentwood quarterback Alex Corporan, forcing a fumble. Mayer Calbitaza picked up the loose ball and rumbled 31 yards to the Indians' 32.

After taking a 7-0 lead with a 15-play, all-run drive in the first quarter, North had the Indians thinking run. Think again. Quarterback Angelo Armine dropped back to pass on second down and found Jesse Scanna wide open down the middle for a 30-yard score and a 13-6 lead.

Later in the quarter, Corporan's windblown punt of just 9 yards set Sachem North up at its own 48. This time the Flaming Arrows went back to what they do best: Run the ball. On the fifth straight running play, Davon Lawrence broke free on a counter for a 39-yard touchdown.

The wind not only was wrecking Corporan's passing game - he finished 7-for-17 for 91 yards - but also affecting his punts. He tried a low boot that was blocked, giving Sachem possession at the Brentwood 14. Two plays later, Armine again found Scanna all alone down the middle, this time for a 9-yard touchdown. "They came out to stop the run, but I've been saying all year that we can throw," Falco said.

Corporan's nightmarish evening continued when a long pass stalled in the wind and was intercepted by Ryan Gerondel at the Sachem North 40. Lawrence exploded for 23 yards to set up Mike Andreassi's second short TD run and the team's fourth of the second quarter. The Arrows were sharp, despite the rain.

"We always run the ball a lot, so this wasn't anything different," Lawrence said with a laugh. "Our offensive line did a great job - at the line of scrimmage and downfield."

The line helped Lawrence run for 111 yards on 13 carries while Andreassi gained 82 yards on 20 carries - including the first six of the game - and two touchdowns. "They get set for me and then we give it to Davon or we pass," Andreassi said.

Sachem North had beaten Brentwood 42-41 in their earlier meeting, but had far less trouble Friday night. "We had some unfinished business with them," Andreassi said.

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