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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
West Hempstead improves to 4-1
Rams rebound big from only loss, beat VSN
Steven Ryan/Herald
West Hempstead's Enrique McFarlane, right, rushed for 131 yards to lead an unstoppable ground attack last Saturday as the Rams beat Valley Stream North, 41-12.

West Hempstead rebounded from its first loss of the season in a big way, steamrolling to a 41-12 Conference IV victory over visiting Valley Stream North last Saturday behind an offense that found the end zone on each of its first five possessions.

A week after squandering a 10-point lead at Seaford, the Rams (4-1) orchestrated impressive scoring drives of 85, 65, 65, 55 and 75 yards and led 34-0 when the starters called it a day with four minutes gone in the third quarter. The backfield trio of senior Tayvon Hall and juniors Bruce Gibbs and Enrique McFarlane (team-high 131) combined for 339 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.

“It’s a good win,” West Hempstead quarterback Michael Petrizzo said. “We were upset and frustrated after Seaford, but we knew we had to put together a strong week of practice and get ready for another good team.”

Head coach Dom Carre said the Rams turned the page on Seaford after breaking down the game film. “I told the guys there’s no looking back,” he said. “We’ve got a special group of athletes, but we’re not invincible. We need to play fired-up all the time.”

The Spartans (3-2), who totaled 79 points in consecutive victories to close September, welcomed starting quarterback Anthony Martelli back from injury but committed three turnovers and didn’t score until the final minute of the third quarter when the senior signal-caller hooked up with James Capoziello on a 46-yard touchdown pass.

“They’re tremendous up front and blew us off the ball,” VSN head coach Tom Schiavo said. “We just have to get back to work and get better. We’ve got another big game coming up against Clarke. Next week is Homecoming, and we have to avoid the distractions and play like we can.”

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