VSC snaps playoff drought
(Page 2 of 2)
A pair of Uniondale gaffes in the first quarter helped the Eagles build a two-touchdown lead in less than six minutes. Senior Dayne Merdis pounced on a botched snap at the 14, his first of two fumble recoveries, to set up junior quarterback Vito Friscia’s 2-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring. Senior Chris Robert (10 tackles) blocked a punt on the Knights’ ensuing possession and Castillo, who recovered the ball at the 15, scored three plays later to make it 14-0.
Castillo capped a 53-yard scoring drive early in the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run, which answered a 4-yard touchdown reception by Uniondale’s Malik Howard, and Central led 21-7 at halftime. Junior Carlos Jackson picked off a pass in the end zone in the closing seconds of the half, but Knights quarterback Adrian Berry rebounded with a strong third quarter. “Uniondale made us earn it,” Chimienti said.
Berry sandwiched 79- and 17-yard touchdown passes to William Jacobs around a 46-yard score by Castillo, bringing the visitors within a touchdown heading into the fourth. But Uniondale had only two possessions in the final quarter, the first concluding with Roberts stopping Howard at the 8 on fourth down, and the last ending with an interception by junior Michael LaBarbera.