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Sachems Ground Attack To Much For Northport

Posted Saturday, October 09, 2010 by SachemPatch.com

Sachem's Powerful Ground Attack Too Much for Northport

Arrows can now focus on Week 6 battle against William Floyd.

It wasn't your typical Friday night lights game, but it works in Northport.

Each year the Tigers roll in 12 light stanchions and line the field with the portable structures that howl as the rumble of generators swirl around the field on Laurel Hill Road for the annual Lights on for Charity game.

By game's end, the only noise present was that of Sachem's ground attack, which yet again proved to be the dagger in the defense's heart.

The Arrows amassed 399 total yards, 362 of which came via the rush, in a 28-7 win at Northport High School in Suffolk County Division I football action.

With the win, Sachem is now 5-0 and will play William Floyd (4-0)  (Floyd Plays Longwood On Saturday) next week for its homecoming game.

"A lot of people told us that we were looking to the Floyd game," said senior center/nose guard Tim Lang. "Our focus this whole week has been Northport. We came out and got it done all around."

Northport held Sachem, who has one of the most prolific offenses in the state, to its lowest point total of the season and forced four fumbles.

The Arrows opened up the pass game more in this game than they've shown all year. Angelo Armine hit Bonifacio Aguila with a 25-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the end zone 2:54 into the game.

Then Sachem showed its versatility on its second touchdown when after Armine dumped a pass off to Jesse Scanna, who turned it into a 17-yard play, Michael Andreassi rushed for a 16-yard touchdown between the hash marks at 11:28 of the second quarter.

"It's that point of the season," said Sachem head coach Dave Falco. "You're seeing things we've been working on since pre-season. We did run some different things offensively. We're expanding what we're doing."

Dalton Crossan's 31-yard touchdown with 3:22 left in the first half gave Sachem a 21-0 lead and turned heads when he cut a corner on the right side of the field and hugged the sidelines as he beat Northport's linebackers and secondary with ease and blistering speed.

Scanna, who rushed for 120 yards on 14 carries, scored his only touchdown at 6:01 of the third on a 5-yard dive play up the middle.

Sachem botched a snap on a punt attempt late in the third quarter, allowing Northport the opportunity to start a drive on its own 23-yard line. Vincent Provenzano picked off Tigers quarterback John Laurine, who was 3-of-9 passing for 43 yards, with a one-handed highlight reel catch in the end zone on a third-down toss.

The Tigers only touchdown came when they recovered one of Sachem's fumbles and cashed in six plays later. By the time Laurine turned a fourth-and-goal into a 1-yard touchdown with his dive with 6:19 left, Sachem had the game in hand.

Sachem will turn its attention to William Floyd, who had coaches in the stands taking notes for next week's showdown, and will travel to Sachem Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.

"We're looking forward to it," Falco said. "The time has come for us to think about William Floyd."

"It's excitement, nervousness, I just can't wait," Lang added. "I can't explain the feeling. I'm looking forward to it. We've been pumped since last year for this."

News & Notes

-Sachem Patch wishes to congratulate Sachem assistant coach Nick Codispoti and his wife Jennifer, who had their second daughter on Wednesday. Theresa Jane Codispoti is now officially a member of the Sachem Football family.

-Aside from the one interception and fumble recovery, Sachem also had five sacks. To that, Lang said, "We're always running to the ball. We get eleven hats to the ball on every play."

                                   1          2           3          4         F

Sachem                7            14             7               0            28

Northport          0             0             0               7              7 

SN –  Bonifacio Aguila 24 pass from Angelo Armine (Bryan Morris kick)

SN – Michel Andreassi 16 run (Morris kick)

SN – Dalton Crossan 31 run (Morris kick)

SN – Jesse Scanna 4 run (Morris kick)

N – John Laurine 1 run (Pat Oertel kick)

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