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Sachem East Wins Sachem Chief Trophy

Posted Sunday, September 18, 2005 by Jeff Gold Newsday Staff Writer

SACHEM EAST 40, SACHEM NORTH 13
BY JEFF GOLD
STAFF WRITER

September 17, 2005

So much was common for both schools. Both teams' uniforms simply read Sachem. The scoreboard had "Sachem" and "Guest." And Sachem was written across each end zone.

But they didn't share Matt Ferber, Sachem East's running back and middle linebacker. The senior was unstoppable, rushing for a career-high 260 yards on 28 carries in leading East to a convincing 40-13 victory over Sachem North in each team's Suffolk Division I opener.

"Our line woke up and I had some really good blocks to get some good runs," said Ferber, who rushed for 167 yards in the second half. "We wore them down and when our line makes the blocks, we can make some big plays."

Said North coach Dave Falco: "Ferber's a load, but Ferber by himself isn't the problem. It's Ferber behind a senior-laden offensive line."

It was a historic night for the two programs, which met for the first time since the district split into two schools in 2004. There was a standing-room only crowd, and no discernible home-field advantage. The game was held on North's campus, the grounds where all the students previously attended.

From the outset, East was able to run the ball effectively. Ferber was established early and often and East was up 14-0 at halftime.

North received a brief spark when quarterback Nick Guidi replaced injured starter Steve Cook and drove his team 52 yards into the end zone on three plays. He hit Dennis Kelly on an 18-yard touchdown pass to pull North within 14-6.

But the momentum was short-lived as East responded with two unanswered TDs, effectively putting the game away at 27-7 with 1:24 left in the third quarter.

After the game, both Falco and East coach Al Bertolone complimented their own team and the opposition, which was made up of players who they used to coach.

But one thing was apparent for now: These two programs are at different stages. East is a veteran team that is going to pound the ball on the ground from the opening play and force the opposition to stop Ferber. North is a junior-laden team that is still trying to determine its quarterback and exactly what kind of offense it wants to run.

"First game in the crosstown rivalry, these guys played with each other, the coaches know each other, it was special out there," Bertolone said. "There are a lot of firsts for a new program, and it's great to win the first Sachem game."

This is the first game

of the Dream Season

SACHEM EAST 40

SACHEM NORTH 13

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