West Hempstead improves to 4-1
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A turnover on the game’s opening possession set the tone. An interception by junior Akil Philip gave West Hempstead the ball at its own 15-yard line, and the unit went to work behind an offensive line consisting of seniors Vincent Greco and Danny Njoku, and juniors Jacob Johnson, Sean Regan and Kyle Outmagzine. Hall, who finished with 128 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries, got the drive started with a 10-yard sweep and finished it with a 30-yard scoring dash along the visiting sideline. Senior kicker Jon Carlo Proietti’s first of five successful extra points made it 7-0.
After the Spartans failed to move the chains on the ensuing possession, the Rams struck quickly for a 14-0 lead. Hall busted a 47-yard run to set up a first-and-goal from the 10, and Gibbs (79 yards) scored from a yard out three plays later.
West Hempstead’s next two drives summed up the afternoon for both teams. Gibbs sprinted for a 20-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-15, and Hall followed with a 6-yard touchdown with nine seconds remaining in the half to make it 27-0. Petrizzo, who picked off two Martelli passes, also pounced on a rare Hall fumble to keep the final drive of the second quarter alive.
“That was a designed play,” Petrizzo joked of the fumble recovery. “We call it the bounce option.”
Next up for the Rams is Homecoming opponent East Rockaway this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.