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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Thrilling start to football playoffs
Herald Staff
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Lynbrook's Danny Kelly ran for 318 yards and four touchdowns.


By Tony Bellissimo

Two weeks after Lynbrook upset Plainedge with a field goal in the closing seconds of the regular-season finale to earn its way into the Nassau Conference III football playoffs, the Red Devils turned the table on the Owls in Saturday’s thrilling matchup to open the postseason.

Quarterback Nick Frenger’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Nick Cupolo with seven seconds remaining snapped a tie at 41 and won it for No. 3 Plainedge, which prevailed 54-41 and advanced to the semifinals. The Red Devils (7-2), who scored on each of their first seven possessions, recovered a fumble in the end zone with no time left for the final margin. No. 6 Lynbrook (4-5) pulled even with 1:52 remaining on quarterback Danny Kelly’s fourth touchdown, but with overtime looming a fumble recovery by Joe Bouse put Frenger & Co. back in business 27 yards away from paydirt with a half-minute to go.

“It was a great high school football game and our guys gave everything they had,” Owls head coach Steve LoCicero said. “This is a special group of kids who worked so hard to get to this point. Plainedge was just one possession better today.”

It was the passing game of the Red Devils, who missed a potential game-winning 33-yard field-goal attempt with 45 seconds left, against the ground attack of the Owls, and both offenses were nothing short of prolific.



By Steve Siniski


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