James Manginelli dropped Half Hollow Hills West quarterback Jake Klose for a loss for the second time in as many plays to end the first half in Friday night's Suffolk Division II football game.
It would be that kind of night for Klose and company against a Newfield defense that hasn't lost a step after winning the Long Island Class II championship last year.
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Manginelli, known as Mongo, recorded eight solo tackles, two sacks, recovered a fumble to set up a touchdown and blocked an extra point. It was all in a night's work.
"This year were a little quicker and the defense still swarms," said the 6-3, 255-pound Manginelli. "Last year we were an all-power team. But the confidence in this team continues to build as the season wears on. We're out to defend what's ours."
The Hills West defense had no answer for Newfield's pound-it-out offense which owned the line of scrimmage behind a line that included Manginelli and James Rizzo at the tackles, center Chris Hirsch and guards Steven Cyrus and Frank Cappeza.
Halfbacks Terrel Perryman and Jack McKeever scored two touchdowns each and 13-year-old freshman Joe Saladino, a 5-9, 230-pounder, punctuated the win with a 5-yard scoring run.
"We pride ourselves on being physical," said Newfield coach Joe Piccinnini. "This is a very tough group and they're confident."
Perryman, a four-year starter said. "I played with guys who were leaders over the years and showed us how to win. Now it's my turn to lead the young guys on how to win."
Newfield (2-0) opened a 14-0 halftime lead after Perryman scored on runs of 7 and 3 yards. Manginelli preserved the lead with consecutive sacks of 11 and 8 yards just before the half ended.
McKeever capped a 13-play, 64-yard third-quarter drive with a 7-yard burst up the middle for his first score and 21-0 lead. He would add a 9-yard scoring run for the 28-0 lead. The Wolverines rushed 60 times for 253 yards and completed one of three passes for 34 yards.
The balanced rushing attack saw four backs with more than 40 yards, led by sophomore quarterback Josh Hanna, who had 15 carries for 47 yards.
"The line was responsible for us moving the ball all game," said Hanna, who also had six tackles for the Wolverines defense which yielded 19 yards on 15 plays in the first half.
Hills West, which fell to 0-2, had 21 total yards in 23 plays until the Colts put together an impressive 10-play, 72-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter.
"Every win is another step," Manginelli said. "to defend our title."