Something had to give Friday night in a collision between Farmingdale and Hempstead.
The two football teams owned perfect records and were tied for first in Nassau Conference I through five games. Farmingdale hadn’t scored less than 34 points in a game and Hempstead hadn’t allowed more than 13.
“It was our Homecoming; we came to play,” Farmingdale quarterback Anthony Licci said. “I feel like we wanted it more.”
Licci threw for 132 yards and two touchdowns, Tomaso Ramos rushed for 126 yards and Sal Posillico ran for 111 and two scores for host Farmingdale in its 40-0 win. The defense held Hempstead's dynamic quarterback Jakkai Stith to 59 yards rushing and 45 passing.
But what did this type of victory really say about Farmingdale (6-0)?
“I feel like we proved we’re the best team in the conference,” Licci said. “Next week, we’ve got Massapequa, and we’ve got to try to stick it to them, too.”
Hempstead has made great strides under first-year coach Matt Ali, winning more games than all of last season, where it finished 4-5. Now, the Tigers (5-1) will try and attempt to bounce back from their first stumble.
“Listen, nothing’s easy in this conference,” Ali said. “But we have a great group of guys. I know they’re going to have the right attitude about this. It’s a learning moment and we’re just going to move forward. It’s the only way we can go.”
Farmingdale went on quite a journey on its first drive of the game.
It began at their 8-yard line. They got pushed back to the 1 before moving forward. Licci threw a 69-yard touchdown to Joe Burriesci, but it was called back due to a motion penalty.
Four plays later, they went to the hook and lateral play. Licci fired to Gavin Gatchalian, who pitched it back to Ramos, who had been day-to-day with a hip injury before being cleared. The play went for 34 yards to the Hempstead 25.
On the first play of the second quarter, Licci hit Burriesci in the left side of the end zone for the TD.
After a Stith fumble, Farmingdale went on a 75-yard drive.
Licci threw to Trevor Gayron on a screen, who took off for a 35-yard score, his first of two touchdowns.
The Dalers’ next possession ended in the same place.
Ramos ran 47 yards to the 1 and Licci plowed in from there. Luca Cotto kicked his third straight extra point for a 21-0 lead.
Posillico provided the primary second-half highlights with TD runs of 26 and 31 yards in the third.
“We’re able to score in a lot of different ways,” said coach Buddy Krumenacker, who used to coach Hempstead. “And the two running backs [Ramos and Posillico], they’re pretty good.”
That also goes for the offensive line – center Joe Bleck, guards Matt Robinson and James Sanders and tackles Daniel Canales and Ricky Folwork.
“We’re very good up front,” Krumenacker said. “The offensive line is a very cohesive group of people.”