November 9, 2013 | 2510 views
HS football playoffs: game recaps
Wantagh holds off Elmont
WANTAGH 24, ELMONT 21
By Tony Bellissimo
After forcing eight turnovers to spark a victory over Elmont during the regular season, Wantagh’s defense came through again with big plays down the stretch to secure a come-from-behind 24-21 win in a Nassau Conference II first-round playoff game on Saturday.
With the Spartans on the move just shy of midfield late in the fourth quarter, linebacker Ralph Sommer cemented the third-seeded Warriors’ trip to the semifinals with an interception with 1:24 remaining. Cornerback Nick Rodin picked off a pass at Wantagh’s 35-yard line to end No. 6 Elmont’s previous possession.
“It was a heck of a battle,” Wantagh head coach Keith Sachs said. “We really had to work and earn it. And if they would’ve won, they would’ve earned it.
“We made a couple of defensive adjustments in the second half and took away their favorite plays,” he added. “We got those big interceptions and held them off.”
MASSAPEQUA 56, EAST MEADOW 21
By Andrew Coen