Newsday goes deep with Long Island high school football.
Grand openings for these 4 teams
That was a good slogan for Week 1 in Suffolk, where all four teams that did not win a game in 2010 opened their season with impressive victories.
In Suffolk I, Sachem East, which had lost 15 straight games including all eight last season, knocked off Central Islip, 26-8, launching the Mark Wojciechowski Era in grand style. “Woj,” a 1985 Newsday Hansen Award winner at Sachem in the days before the split, is in his first season as coach of the Flaming Arrows.
He had to be pleased with a defense that shut out C.I. until the fourth quarter and scored a touchdown on an interception return by Billy Merone. The offense was led by Steven Casali (11 rushes for 102 yards and two touchdowns).
In Suffolk II, Half Hollow Hills East, under first-year coach Mike Patrovich, whose father Joe is the coach at Hauppauge, also came out flying. The Thunderbirds built a 29-0 halftime lead and rolled over Copiague, 35-8, ending an 11-game losing streak.
Rasheed Williams returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown on Copiague’s first possession. Jake Gnieser had a big day, offensively, rushing for 103 yards and a]three touchdowns and catching three passes for 26 yards and a TD.
In Suffolk IV, Shoreham-Wading River snapped a 10-game losing streak with a big 40-6 victory over Southampton. Dylan Bates rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown, scored a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery and added two sacks.
Also in Suffolk IV, Stony Brook defeated Wyandanch, 38-20, to end its own 15-game losing streak.
Here's hoping Port Washington in Nassau joins the win column soon and all of the 2010 winless teams will be off the schneid.