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Filardi throws five TDs in Hills West’s romp over North Babylon

Hills West quarterback Gerald Filardi (11) steps into

Hills West quarterback Gerald Filardi (11) steps into the pocket to throw in the first half of the game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Sophomore Gerald Filardi completed 11 of 12 passes for 367 yards and five touchdowns as Half Hollow Hills West beat North Babylon, 55-34, Saturday in a Suffolk Division II football semifinal.

It was a big day for the Colts, who avenged a 43-15 loss to North Babylon during the regular season.

Hills West (8-2) will meet West Islip (10-0) for the Suffolk Division II championship at Stony Brook University on Saturday at noon.

The Colts led 28-14 at the half on the strength of three long Filardi TDs. He connected with Alexander Filacouris for 51 and 36 yards and threw an 81-yard scoring strike to Cameron Jordan.

Hills West scored on the first possession of the second half to go up three scores, but North Babylon cut the deficit to 34-20 when halfback Brandon Sobotker ran it in from 5 yards, his second TD of the game, midway through the third quarter.

Filardi sealed the game early in the fourth quarter with his fifth scoring pass, a 46-yarder to Jordan (four catches, 172 yards) on third-and-13.

“It was a comeback on the home sideline and Cam stiff-armed the corner away and ran for another 30 yards for the touchdown,” coach Kyle Madden said.

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