The first half of the Nassau County high school football season concluded last weekend and Lynbrook stated its case to be at the top of the list of surprises as the schedule turns the corner.
The Owls, who were unable to reach the win column in the spring, are getting the job done in all three phases and could have a say in the Conference III playoffs come November. They’re 3-1 at the midway mark after coming back twice to overtake Roosevelt, 40-19, on the road behind senior Christian Meszaros’ 158 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
“There are many factors why we’ve been so successful, and the senior leadership and all of the kids’ offseason dedication rank at the top,” Lynbrook head coach Steve LoCicero said. “We’ve been very productive on offense, playing really solid defense and the special teams have also been strong. We’re excited about where we are, but there’s still a lot of potential here.”
Lynbrook, which rushed for 378 yards, trailed Roosevelt 13-12 at the half before scoring four straight touchdowns to take a commanding lead midway through the fourth quarter. Junior Michael Fagen put the visitors ahead for good with an 11-yard touchdown run in the third. Fagen, who added the two-point conversion, had 132 yards on the ground and two scores on the day. Meszaros had two touchdown runs in the final quarter and senior Matt Sollitto added a defensive score with a 53-yard fumble recovery.
“We’ve had great practices and it’s carrying over into games,” LoCicero said. “We went back to a no-huddle offense this season and the kids are executing so well. Playing at a high tempo has made things difficult for defenses to plan for us.”