This is a player that can wear you out. Smithtown West halfback Logan Greco turned a close game into a one-man show in the second half of a Suffolk II football game Friday night.
Greco rushed for 170 of his 225 yards after halftime as Smithtown West turned a two-point lead at the break into a 46-19 win over Newfield before 1,700 fans in Smithtown. Greco, who suffered a thigh injury and sat out the second half of last week's win over West Islip, showed no ill effects from the injury.
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"The Newfield linebackers were flying over the top and making plays in the first half and we made some great halftime adjustments," said Greco, who also scored three touchdowns on his 24 carries. "The coaches recognized some things we could do and our offensive line opened huge holes. I just found the hole and hit it."
Greco's best stretch came in the fourth quarter when he carried six times for 63 yards and capped a seven-play, 85-yard march with a 7-yard scoring run for a 39-19 lead.
"They were very tough up front but Logan was just unstoppable," said Smithtown West center Dan Farrell. "We wore them down a bit in the second half and our backs ran well. It was some hard-nosed football in between the tackles."
Smithtown West (2-0) took a 14-0 in the first 6:09 of the first quarter. Greco capped a six-play, 60-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring run and the Bulls capitalized on a Newfield turnover when quarterback Matt Heldberg scored on a 1-yard run.
Newfield (1-1) showed some grit and battled right back. The Wolverines scored three straight second-quarter touchdowns to forge a 19-14 lead with 40 seconds left in the half. Quarterback Dylan Harned gashed the Bulls' defense with a few cutback runs and eventually scored on a 1-yard dive. Halfback Josh Hanna added a 4-yard touchdown run and halfback Denzel Williams had a 12-yard scoring run for the lead. The momentum swing left the home crowd in shock.
"Oh, they definitely took the momentum away from us," said Smithtown West coach Pete Cerullo. "Newfield is always tough. We hadn't beaten them on the varsity or junior varsity level in two years."
The ensuing kickoff may have been the biggest play of the game. Newfield lost talented halfback/kicker J.J. Lindgren in the first quarter to a knee injury and the short kick from his replacement gave Smithtown the ball at the Wolverines' 46. Senior halfback Andrew Lapreziosa, a key contributor during the last four scoring drives for Smithtown West, had a 20-yard catch for a first down during the team's final scoring drive of the first half.
Heldberg found wide receiver Kyle Mathie with an 11-yard touchdown pass and John Pavacic added the kick for a 21-19 halftime lead.
"Our line was the key," Lapreziosa said. "Guys like Farrell and [Mike] Roesler and everyone just got it done against a very good team."
Greco helped Smithtown West outscore Newfield, 25-0, in the second half.