Sparse practices, battered homes with little or no power, and a disrupted school schedule. Oceanside football has dealt with plenty in the past two weeks, which makes Tom Capone's accomplishments all the more impressive.
With school out and the power gone, "there's nothing else to think about," Capone said in the days leading up to the game. "We're trying to bring a community together . . . we've been working hard."
The Sailors (8-1), seeded second, put two quick scores on the board off Luke Schwasnick's 6-yard run and Capone's 20-yard pass to Tim Nolan. After Syosset's Jake Gross connected with David Reiter on a 6-yard TD pass, Oceanside responded with the next five scores. Syosset finishes 4-5.
Anthony Pintabona had six catches for 162 yards and two TDs, while senior Ryan McCarthy had six catches for 126 yards and two TDs -- career highs in all three categories. Vassili Grigorakos made six tackles and a sack and Connor Johnson added six tackles and a forced fumble. Oceanside plays No. 3 Baldwin Thursday at Hofstra in the semifinals.