V.S. North nipped by Roosevelt
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Down 24-13, North took the ball with 9:57 remaining and marched 94 yards to cut the lead to a field goal. Patsos and Capoziello each had big runs on the drive, but it appeared that the Spartans would have to settle for a field goal when they were faced with a fourth-and-7 from Roosevelt’s 9-yard line. When North lined up for the kick, a defender jumped offside, so Schiavo decided to send his offense back on the field. Patsos promptly picked up the first down and punched it into the end zone on the next play from inside the 1-yard line.
Spartans Senior Stephen Giuliante picked off a pass on Roosevelt’s ensuing drive, and North looked poised to finish the comeback. But with the ball on the Spartans’ 44-yard line, Martelli threw three consecutive incompletions, each time under heavy pressure, and North turned the ball over on downs.
Roosevelt’s defense forced a safety on North’s final offensive play with 13 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
“These guys proved that if you have true faith in a group of kids and your coaching staff, you can achieve great things, and I’m very proud of them,” Schiavo said. The game marked North’s first appearance in the Nassau finals since 1981.
North High Athletic Director Michael Frazer said that despite the loss, it was a great season for the team. “It just goes to show you that our coaches have done such a great job to teach our kids that the game is never over, the season is never over,” Frazer said, “and we’re really proud of the job that they’ve done.”
Hundreds of North students and supporters cheered team members as they walked off the field, including the seniors who led the Spartans the whole season. “These guys made a special mark on the program, and they’re wonderful leaders,” Schiavo said. “A little piece of them is going to be carried forward in the years to come.”