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Article From Northport Patch About Northport Football

Posted Sunday, November 07, 2010 by Northportpatch.com

Northport Football Beats Connetquot, 28-14

Tigers move on to round two of the playoffs to face Sachem North next.

Score: Northport 28, Connetquot 14

Records: Northport 5-4; Connetquot 6-3

Summary: No. 5 Northport wanted retribution for No. 4 Connetquot's 40-26 victory over them in regular season play and they got it in the Suffolk County Division I Qualifying Round game. 

With a scoreless first quarter, No. 5 Northport entered the second quarter ready and raring to go. Donavan Devaney (#2) quickly racked up a 22-yard touchdown and a 77-yard touchdown putting Northport on the scoreboard.

Northport's defense had to keep Connetquot's Mike Pellegrino (#34) under control and did so in the first half, but couldn't stop a 47-yard touchdown reception by Michael Pinto (#11)  taking the halftime score to 14-7. Pellegrino came in the third quarter fired up and scored on a two-yard run tieing up the score 14 all.

Jack Delahunty (#88) picked off a pass on Connetquot's 43-yard line early in the fourth quarter to set up Devaney's third of four touchdowns.

Devaney gave credit to the blockers, in particular Colin O'Gara (#44). "We just played our hearts out and beat them, thank God," he said. "It felt amazing getting in to the end zone four times."

"We watched that film of the first game agaisnt Connetquot and they got two or three touchdowns they shouldn't have had. We focused on playing through the whistle, that was our main thing," he said. "We also concentrated on filling in our gaps, the linebackers reading the keys and overall playing more aggressively."

The Heroes: Donovan Devaney rushed for 177 yards and scored four touchdowns. Lucas Vallas had two sacks and 10 solo tackles.

Key Stat: Donavan Devaney's four touchdowns. 

The Turning Point: Jack Delahunty interceped a deflected the ball on a pass by Connetquot in the fourth quarter setting up Devaney for his third of four touchdowns.

The Quote: "We've developed a gritty, physical attitude as a team," said Northport Varsity Coach Kip Lukralle. "We've played the toughest schedule in Conference I and today we showed our mettle. We did what we had to do. We were more physical and we limited our turnovers. We've learned to deal with adverse situations and move on and create positive situations. It's a testament to the character of our team that we play for each other and we haven't lost sight of the big picture. We are as good as anyone in the county."

 Who's Next? Tigers will travel to Sachem North Friday, Nove. 12 for a 7 p.m. game.

The Bottom Line: The Tigers can beat Sachem North if they stay physical and limit turnovers. 

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