QB Capone's huge day leads Oceanside to a win

Oceanside HS principal Mark Secaur applauds his team

Oceanside HS principal Mark Secaur applauds his team as they head to the field. (Nov. 10, 2012) (Credit: David Pokress)

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.

The Sailors' signal-caller had career highs in yards and touchdowns, going 17-for-23 for 359 yards and five scores as Oceanside defeated Syosset 49-24 in the Nassau I quarterfinal.

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.

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