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Precious victories

Southampton coaches watch as the running backs perform

Southampton coaches watch as the running backs perform drills. (Aug. 18, 2012) (Credit: George A. Faella)

Every football season, I like to keep tabs on schools that went winless the year before because I know exactly what it’s like to go through an entire season without once tasting a victory.

When I was a freshman, my junior high team lost all six football games and all 13 basketball games – yes I remember the exact number. Some things just stay with you.

Then we won our first game of the baseball season – I remember the score was 6-4 and we played on a field in East Northport – and that was one of the happiest bus rides I ever took. As I said, some things just stay with you. In fact, we had a winning baseball season and that went a long way towards erasing the bitter taste of the fall and winter campaigns.

So congratulations to Port Washington, which won its Nassau V opener over Roslyn, 30-14, as James Burns passed for three touchdowns in leading the Vikings to their first win in three years. And congratulations to Southampton, which defeated Wyandanch, 21-14, in Suffolk IV, as Lyle Smith ran for three touchdowns to guide the Mariners to their first victory since October of 2010. Both teams were 0-8 last season so at least they know they won’t go winless again in 2012.

And good luck to Great Neck South, Roslyn, Central Islip, Copiague and East Hampton, none of whom won a game last year. While I’m not supposed to have a rooting interest in any school, I can’t help but hope that each of you gets to enjoy at least one victory this season and one rollicking bus ride home.

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