Austin Macchi's 2-point conversion in OT helps Eastport-South Manor upset Sayville

Eastport-South Manor running back Cole Zeller gains yards

Eastport-South Manor running back Cole Zeller gains yards around the right side in the first half against Islip. (Sept. 21, 2013) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Austin Macchi, on a quarterback sneak, ran behind right guard Joe Pesce and plunged for a two-point conversion in overtime as Eastport-South Manor upset Sayville, 35-34, yesterday in Suffolk III football.

It was the Sharks' first win over Sayville in the program's 10-year history, according to ESM coach Paul Mastronardi. Sayville is the three-time defending Suffolk III champion.

Cole Zeller ran behind Pesce, broke two tackles and scored a 15-yard TD on the second play of the Sharks' overtime drive, pulling them within a point.

"When we were in that situation, I knew we were going to try to win this game," Mastronardi said. "Cole is a tough runner who paid his dues in the program, so it was wonderful to see, and Pesce just did a fantastic job blocking."

Eastport-South Manor won the overtime coin toss and deferred possession. Sayville quarterback Jack Coan ran for an 11-yard TD to give the Golden Flashes a 34-27 lead.

"They have so many weapons and it's hard to defend," Mastronardi said. "I wasn't shocked they scored there."

ESM's Austin Macchi had scored on a 67-yard run, on a QB draw, to tie it at 27 with 1:20 left in the fourth. Kenny Dunne and Pat Minogue each had sacks to stop Sayville's last drive in regulation.

Zeller ran for 128 yards and Macchi had 108 yards. Mike Bianco had 102 yards and 12 tackles. Pat Minogue had six tackles, including three for losses.

"It's a huge step in the right direction," said Mastronardi, who is in his third year. "Our kids certainly came to play against a great football program."

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