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Sachem Wins 7th Game In A Row beats Longwood 41-14

Posted Saturday, October 23, 2010 by SachemPatch.com

Sachem's New Weapon: Passing Game

Arrows use balanced attack in 41-14 win over Longwood.

In war the surprise attack is often the best approach to hammering your opponent.

What Longwood didn't expect was the addition of another element to Sachem's arsenal Friday night when it unleashed a formidable passing attack on the Lions.

Not only do the Arrows have a hefty backfield, but Angelo Armine stepped to the front lines with his arm in a 41-14 win over the Lions in Division I football action at Fred Fusaro Alumni Stadium.

Armine had a feeling this would be the night Sachem set a passing tone.

"Coach was saying they were susceptible to the pass," he said. "I knew we were going to do it all week."

Longwood was caught off guard without proper coverage in the secondary on the opening play. Dalton Crossan dashed up the middle and caught a perfect pass from Armine, running 59 yards for the score. Freshman kicker Bryan Morris the extra point.

"It was a big play and really got the momentum going," said Crossan, who finished with 64 yards on five carries. "Angelo threw a great ball and the offensive line protected really well."

Trent Crossan blocked Longwood's (5-2) punt on its next possession, allowing Sachem to take over on the Lions' 2-yard line. Michael Andreassi, who finished with three short-yardage touchdowns, scored his first of the evening at 9:44, putting the Arrows (7-0) up, 13-0.

Later in the first quarter, Armine picked his spot and hit sophomore Tyler Andreassi with a 31-yard pass, setting up his own dive touchdown, a 1-yard scamper, and Sachem jumped out to its normally inflated lead.

"Starting games quick has really made things go our way," said Sachem head coach Dave Falco.

Longwood's only spark of influence game with 52.3 seconds left in the first quarter when Kavaughn Wiggins ran for a 41-yard touchdown.

Andreassi loaded up with 3 and 2-yard touchdowns in the second quarter and Sachem led, 34-7, at the half.

Dalton Crossan saved one more flashy play for the fourth quarter, intercepting Longwood's Danny Farrell and running back a touchdown 65 yards.

Wiggins struck again at 7:14 of the fourth for his second touchdown of the game. He finished with 123 yards on 16 carries. Davonte Booker, Longwood's other backfield threat, had 92 yards. Farrell was 0-for-5 passing.

Armine was the main attraction at quarterback. He was 5-for-7 for 120 yards and a touchdown pass.

"We're going to throw the ball a little bit and teams are going to be concerned about that," Falco said. "You can't stop the three backs and the passing game. We have to throw the ball. That was one of the lessons we learned from a year ago, that we have to have the threat of throwing the ball and I think we have that now."

News & Notes

-Sachem out gained Longwood, 312-220, in yards.

-Other Sachem stats: Michael Andreassi had 15 carries for 64 yards and three touchdowns. Jesse Scanna had seven carries for 36 yards.

-Bonifacio Aguila on the passing attack: "We have to be a dynamic team. Teams are going to be able to stop the run, so we have to be able to pass."

-The varsity football coach at Sachem East came to support North Friday ... many of the coaches once played and/or coached on that field at one point in their careers. It was a true sign of the district's "We are Sachem" motto.

-Sachem punter Brendan Garry recently committed to play baseball at the University of Rochester.

-Friday also marked senior night at Sachem ... here's a look at who is graduating in 2011: Bonifacio Aguila, Michael Andreassi, Angelo Armine, Alex Bennett, Jonathan Caban, Jake Cabble, Chris Chiarella, Davon Christopher, Matt Cosgrove, Brendan Garry, Fred Golini, Nick Iannello, Alex Katos, Tim Lang, Mike McCarthy, Tom McGrath, Tom Mignano, Kevin Platz, Jesse Scanna, Chris Schulz, Nicholas Simoniello, Nick Teta, James Thompson, Dan Totten, Scott Wraba.

-The Flaming Arrows travel to Bay Shore next week for their regular season finale.

-Check Sachem Patch Sunday for a complete historical breakdown of what the Week 7 win means.

                            1          2         3         4          F

Sachem             20       14        0         7         41

Longwood         7          0        0         7         14

SN - Angelo Armine to Dalton Crossan 59 pass (Bryan Morris missed kick)

SN - Michael Andreassi 1 run (Morris kick)

SN - Armine 1 run (Morris kick)

LW - Kavaugn Wiggins 41 run (kick good)

SN - M. Andreassi 3 run (Morris kick)

SN - M. Andreassi 2 run (Morris kick)

SN - D. Crossan 60 interception return (Morris kick)

LW - Wiggins 4 run (kick good)

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