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HS football playoffs: game recaps
Wantagh holds off Elmont
Herald Staff
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Peter Brasile and Wantagh celebrated a come-from-behind win over Elmont.


By Tony Bellissimo

After forcing eight turnovers to spark a victory over Elmont during the regular season, Wantagh’s defense came through again with big plays down the stretch to secure a come-from-behind 24-21 win in a Nassau Conference II first-round playoff game on Saturday.


With the Spartans on the move just shy of midfield late in the fourth quarter, linebacker Ralph Sommer cemented the third-seeded Warriors’ trip to the semifinals with an interception with 1:24 remaining. Cornerback Nick Rodin picked off a pass at Wantagh’s 35-yard line to end No. 6 Elmont’s previous possession.


“It was a heck of a battle,” Wantagh head coach Keith Sachs said. “We really had to work and earn it. And if they would’ve won, they would’ve earned it.


“We made a couple of defensive adjustments in the second half and took away their favorite plays,” he added. “We got those big interceptions and held them off.”

Peter Brasile’s 40-yard touchdown burst up the middle with 6:58 remaining put the Warriors (7-2) ahead to stay. They’ll face nemesis and four-time defending county champion Garden City, the No. 2 seed, in the semifinals next Friday at Hofstra at 7:30 p.m.

The win was Wantagh’s fifth over Elmont in three years, and second in six weeks as the Warriors took a sloppy 14-7 affair on Sept. 28. The Spartans (4-5) were led by Kevon Chambers’ six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.

“We always play great games against these guys,” Elmont head coach Jay Hegi said. “It’s a shame we didn’t beat them because we finally got off to a good start. Last year they jumped on us 21-0 after six minutes, and this year it was 14-0 after two minutes. Today we were in the lead or close all the way.”



By Andrew Coen


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