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Monday, November 24, 2014
Thrilling start to football playoffs
(Page 3 of 3)
Steven Ryan/Herald
Lynbrook's Danny Kelly ran for 318 yards and four touchdowns.

A couple of weeks off did nothing to slow down the Seahawks.

Quarterback Ray Catapano was a perfect 7-for-7 for 206 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 4 Carey to a convincing 35-13 win over No. 5 Long Beach in a Conference II playoff game. The Seahawks advanced to the conference semifinals where they will meet No. 1 Garden City at Hofstra next Saturday.

As is often the case, special teams played a big factor. After going three-and-out on their first drive, the Marines attempted to punt, but an errant snap gave the Seahawks the ball deep in Long Beach territory. Two plays later, sophomore Mike De Leo ran it in from seven yards out.

Later in the quarter, Carey (7-2) was faced with fourth-and-three from its own 46. Sophomore Conor Colasurdo took a direct snap on a fake punt and went 54 yards for the score. Dylan DeMeo, who was 5-for-5 on extra points, made the score 14-0. A 70-yard touchdown pass from Catapano to Matt Robison gave the Seahawks a commanding 21-0 lead. Long Beach finished 5-4.

 

WEST HEMPSTEAD 41, CLARKE 7

By Andrew McClure

Even a field suitable for mud wrestling couldn’t slow West Hempstead’s vaunted running game.

Senior Tayvon Hall rushed for 167 yards on 12 carries and scored twice to lead the Rams to a 41-7 rout of visiting Clarke in the opening round of the Conference IV playoffs. No. 2 West Hempstead’s rushing attack amassed 479 yards as the Rams (8-1) advanced to the conference semifinals where they will meet No. 3 Roosevelt at Hofstra next Saturday night.

After a scoreless first quarter, junior Enrique McFarlane (150 yards on eight carries, and two touchdowns) took a handoff from quarterback Michael Petrizzo and went 33 yards to give the Rams a 6-0 lead. After Hall scored from 12 yards out to extend the lead, sophomore Bruce Gibbs (81 yards on five carries) electrified the crowd with 51-yard touchdown scamper. Petrizzo, who ran for 60 yards, added the two-point conversion to give the Rams a 20-0 lead. Third-quarter touchdown runs by Hall and McFarlane put the game out of reach. Clarke finished 4-5.

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