The Central High School football team may have gotten off to a slow start this season, but it certainly knows how to take advantage of a weak opponent.
The Eagles dominated play from start to finish, putting the ball in the end zone seven times against the Hicksville Comets in a Conference 1 matchup last Saturday afternoon at Firemen’s Field. Central and Hicksville both entered the game with identical 0-3 records, but the Eagles earned their first victory of the year with a spirited 49-6 triumph in front of a big Homecoming crowd.
“It’s nice to have win on your Homecoming and it puts us in a good spot to make the playoffs,” said quarterback Vito Friscia, who completed several key passes and had two running touchdowns.
Central scored its first touchdown less than three minutes into the game. Senior running back Boljan Castillo was destined for the end zone when he fumbled the ball within the 5-yard line, but it was quickly recovered by Stephen Falana who ran in for the touchdown.
On Central’s next possession, a long run by Castillo and a 30-yard completion to junior wide receiver Carlos Jackson were both negated by penalties, squelching a scoring chance.
After Hicksville failed to convert on a fourth down, Central got the ball back. Friscia completed several passes, including one for 33 yards to Falana, before switching to the running game. Friscia’s 14-yard run put the Eagles one yard away, and he carried it in on the next play. Central would then take a 21-0 lead on Friscia’s 22-yard run.
Facing a third down and needing 25 yards, Friscia, from his own 20-yard line, found Falana for the fourth touchdown that covered 80 yards.
After Friscia was picked off, Hicksville was on the verge of scoring when Jackson intercepted a pass from Comets quarterback Thomas Brennan in the end zone and ran 102 yards as the clock ran down. Friscia said that was the key play in the game, as it put Central up by 35 points at halftime.