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Sachem Beats Connetquot with Solid Line play 45-0

Posted Saturday, October 02, 2010 by SachemPatch.com

Sachem North Improves to 4-0, Rolls Through Connetquot with 45-0 Win

Scanna has three touchdowns, offensive line opened huge holes.

What started as a typical buoyant homecoming for Connetquot, ended in complete misery as Sachem barreled through Bohemia, leaving Thunderbird nation lying helplessly in the wake of a battering ram that is the Flaming Arrows.

A battle of two 3-0 teams, Sachem proved to be the ultimate victors after running, throwing, and tackling its way to a dominant 45-0 win Saturday afternoon in Suffolk County Division I action.

The Arrows put up 492 yards of total offense and held Connetquot to just 164, shutting out an opponent for the first time since 2008. The defense also accounted for two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Jesse Scanna is setting himself aside as a favorite for the Hansen Award, recording his second three-touchdown performance of the season. He rushed six times for 173 yards and also caught a pass for 1-yard.

"He is the premier football player in the county on both sides of the ball," Sachem head coach Dave Falco said. "Jesse is not someone you want to forget about offensively. Once you let him in the open he's going to run away from you, plus he gives you those tough yards inside."

Needing to set the tone early, Sachem ran its usual six carries before stuffing home a touchdown when Dalton Crossan ran 20 yards to the right side of the field at 8:43.

On its next possession, Sachem quarterback Angelo Armine chugged 46 yards inside Connetquot's 10-yard line and Scanna finished the drive with an 8-yard touchdown at 4:05, giving Sachem an early 14-0 lead.

Scanna struck again on the second play of the second quarter when he broke through the left side and scampered 53 yards for his second tally of the day.

Later in the quarter, Connetquot's Kevin Jadick completed a 12-yard pass to Michael Pinto, who fumbled after taking a hard hit from Vincent Provenzano. Trent Crossan recovered the fumble on Sachem's 4-yard line with 1:26 remaining in the first half.

The stroke of defensive luck continued when Alex Katos intercepted Jadick on the opening play of the second half on Connetquot's 32-yard line.

Three plays later, Armine hit a sprinting Bonifacio Aguila with a 28-yard spiral up the middle for six points. Sachem grew its already commanding lead to 27-0 at 10:15 of the third.

Six minutes later Scanna quieted the remainder of Connetquot's chirpy fans with a 79-yard man's run through both lines and whatever secondary players were lingering. No one, not even his own teammates could catch up with him.

Provenzano intercepted Jadick later in the third and Davon Christopher scored for Sachem on the turnover drive after rushing 30 yards to the right corner of the end zone at 11:51 of the fourth.

Connetquot again made an error and fumbled, allowing Tyler Andreassi to gain possession for Sachem.

Nick Iannello scored the final points of the game when he dove into the end zone on a 2-yard run with 9:30 left.

Sachem has Northport next week and the match-up of the season against William Floyd at home for Week 6.

"If we can stay healthy and stay focused one game at a time, this is one of the better teams in the county," Falco said. "Coaches did a great job today. I'm happy to be where we are right now at 4-0."

Heading into the game, Sachem was ready for Connetquot running back Mike Pellegrino and his run game. Though he was rumored to be favoring his ribs and hip after last week's win over Patchogue-Medford, he's also a talented athlete headed to play lacrosse at Johns Hopkins and capable of breaking through for big gains.

Sachem handled him and the rest of Connetquot's offense well, holding him to just 36 yards on 12 carries. Jadick finished 9-of-19 with 138 yards passing and two interceptions.

While Scanna has the ability to break through blocks, it's the offensive like that has created massive holes all season for him and the other backs.

"All I have to do is run," he said. "They're opening up the holes and doing all the dirty work. It's all them."

Falco expressed concern early in the season about the line. With returning All-County player James Thompson and Tim Lang there, the other line spots initially had question marks.

Gradually Jacob Starling, Thomas Mignano and Nicholas Teta have made homes for themselves as key guards and tackles. Nicholas Simoniello and Tyler Andreassi fill in the gaps at tight end.

"Things have really shaped up for us there," Falco said.

"We play hard and play together," added Thompson, speaking about the bunch.

The typical questions come now, about Sachem taking a breather to Northport next week.

"We have to keep on playing hard no matter what," said Armine, who had 66 rushing yards on five carries and was 2-of-2 passing. "Every week just like we prepared for Connetquot, we have to prepare the same exact way."

Notes & Quotes

-Other Sachem stats: Davon Christopher had four carries, 46 yards and one touchdown; Michael Andreassi had five carries and 38 yards, Dalton Crossan had eight carries, 65 yards and one touchdown and Trent Crossan had three carries for 21 yards.

-Freshman kicker Bryan Morris missed four PATs in the game.

-Connetquot clearly did not cut the grass on the field, hoping to slow down Sachem's run game. It didn't work.

-Sachem's JV squad improved to 4-0 with a win over Connetquot Saturday.

-Oct. 15's game against William Floyd has been changed from the originally scheduled day of Oct. 16. It will be a locally televised game under the lights and also serves as North's homecoming.

-Former Sachem East head coach Al Bertalone is an assistant at Connetquot now and was at the game.

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Sachem                   14                7                 12              12                 45

Connetquot          0                 0                0                 0                   0

SACH - Dalton Crossan 20-yard run (Morris kick)

SACH - Jesse Scanna 8-yard run (Morris kick)

SACH - Jesse Scanna 53-yard run (Morris kick)

SACH - Bonifacio Aguila 28-yard catch (No kick)

SACH - Jesse Scanna 79-yard run (No kick)

SACH - Davon Christopher 30-yard run (No kick)

SACH - Nicholas Iannello 2-yard run (No kick)

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