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ANDREASSI'S AND CROSSAN'S PLAY CAN YOU TOP THIS

Posted Saturday, September 04, 2010 by MSG VARSITY
The Andreassi's and the Crossan's played a little brotherly game of “can you top this” during Sachem North’s solid showing at Bellport in a well-attended scrimmage on Monday night.

Those four Flaming Arrows made numerous big plays to help Sachem North outscore Bellport in touchdowns, 5-2.

It’s no surprise to Suffolk football fans that returning All-County fullback/linebacker Mike Andreassi, a senior, would excel. He set up one touchdown with a 31-yard run and scored another from short range. He also wreaked havoc on defense from his middle linebacker spot with two sacks and numerous pressures on Bellport quarterback Justin Honce.

But his sophomore brother Tyler has quickly emerged as a nice edge rusher, contributing two big sacks that ruined Clipper drives.

The Crossans, junior Dalton and freshman Trent, are burners with game-breaking ability out of the backfield. Dalton exploded for a 50-yard TD run on Sachem North’s first drive and took a pitch from Angelo Armine, turned the corner, and went 60 yards for another score.

Trent set up Andreassi’s touchdown by going 25 yards on a reverse, then raced 50 yards for a touchdown on a sweep left. Both Crossans have 4.5 speed to get to the corner, then another gear once they turn it. “They can run, can’t they?” Sachem North coach Dave Falco said with a satisfied smile. They should provide a potent complement to North’s power game featuring Mike Andreassi and Jesse Scanna.

The Clippers should be a dangerous team in Division II once Honce, a 6-3, 225 run-pass threat, masters the offense. Mike Burton, who returned an interception for a touchdown in the scrimmage, also is a big-play receiver with speed.

Both teams figure prominently in the Long Island football story for 2010. Can Sachem North win the school’s first Long Island Championship? Can long-time Bellport coach Joe Cipp win the seven games he needs to match Tom Cassese’s Suffolk career record of 209?

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