The Big Red Resurgence continues.
Ryan Perkins scored two rushing touchdowns, quarterback Will Kassar scored through the air and on the ground and Brandon Villa led a stingy defense as Glen Cove rolled to a 43-6 victory over Sewanhaka in Nassau III yesterday.
The win gives Glen Cove a 5-1 conference record, just one year after a 3-5 campaign.
"Every week, we've just been getting better and progressing," Kassar said.
It helps that the running back corps, which includes Perkins and fullback Billy Neice, has finally had time to gel. The Big Red had to replace nearly their entire running back stable before last season. With a full season under their belts, the backfield is finally clicking.
"Now all of the kids have experience playing varsity football, and it's paying off," saidcoach Pete Kopecky. "Even though last year was a rough year to have, it's paid off now."
Glen Cove got on the board on its opening drive, as Neice punched it in from five yards out to give the Big Red a 7-0 lead.
On their next possession, Perkins capped an 11-play, 87-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run off tackle for a 14-0 lead.
"Our line did really good today," said Perkins, who totaled 59 yards on nine carries. "They blocked their guys and we ran for good yardage."
It wasn't just the offense that produced points. The lead went to 16-0 when Villa tackled Deante Gonzalez in the end zone for a Glen Cove safety.
"It was a blitz with me and Max McCrindle, and we just knew what was happening," Villa said. "I just saw him coming, and I hit him."
After Kassar scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper with 5:25 left in the half, Sewanhaka (1-5) mounted a drive. But the threat ended when McCrindle intercepted a pass in the end zone with 44 seconds left in the half.
"We've been watching film day in and day out," Villa said of the defense. "We know what the play is before it's going to happen."
The offense didn't miss a beat after halftime. Following the kick to open the second half, Perkins scored his second touchdown on a 10-yard run with 7:27 left in the third to cap a nine-play, 67-yard drive.
Jake Mellen connected with receiver Jacques Francois on a 39-yard touchdown for Sewanhaka's only score with 3:05 left in the third quarter.
Kassar responded with a touchdown pass, finding Mike Burrell for a 42-yard score late in the third quarter to make it 36-6. He finished 5-of-8 for 148 yards and the touchdown.
Chris Klimaszewski scored on a 10-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to provide the final margin of victory and continue the Big Red dream season.
"The kids knew that we were good enough," Kopecky said. "They're probably the hardest-working crew I've ever had."