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Michael Sabella leads charge as Mount Sinai tops nemesis Glenn

Mt. Sinai quarterback Brandon Ventarola hands off to

Mt. Sinai quarterback Brandon Ventarola hands off to Liam McGrath during a Suffolk Division IV football game against Glenn in Mt. Sinai on Friday, October 19, 2018. Credit: Peter Frutkoff

In a matchup featuring the top two teams in Suffolk IV, Michael Sabella found some added motivation to ignite Mount Sinai on Friday.

“This is my sixth start against Glenn and my first time beating them,” said Sabella, who racked up 167 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries as Mount Sinai took down visiting Glenn, 21-6. “Against a team like this, it’s just special that we’ve come out and played every team the way we have.”

Glenn ended Mount Sinai’s season last year with a 27-10 win in the county quarterfinals. But on Friday, Mount Sinai remained undefeated (7-0) and Glenn dropped to 5-2.

Sabella scored his second touchdown on a 3-yard run with 8:58 remaining to widen Mount Sinai’s lead to 21-6. He also bounced right and scampering 14 yards for a touchdown with 18 seconds remaining in the first quarter, giving the Mustangs a 7-0 lead.

After entering the night ranked 10th in Suffolk with 661 rushing yards, Sabella produced another exceptional performance.

“I don’t think Michael gets too up or too down,” Mount Sinai coach Vinnie Ammirato said. “He asks a million questions in practice. He always wants to be in the right spot and he runs hard like one of those good old-fashioned runners.”

The Mustangs extended their lead to 14-6 with a powerful 1-yard touchdown run by Dominic Boscarino with 6:25 left in the third quarter, capping a 60-yard drive.

Glenn’s Nick Ford made a reception in the middle of the field, shed a tackler and raced 44 yards up the left sideline before diving across the goal line for a 44-yard touchdown with 9:56 to go in the second quarter.

Mount Sinai blocked the extra point, however, as Liam McGrath burst through the middle of the line and preserved the Mustangs’ 7-6 lead.

With the exception of Ford’s touchdown, Mount Sinai’s defensive unit successfully keyed in on Glenn’s top playmakers. The Mustangs held Glenn running back Justin Tiernan and Kyle Szokoli — two of Suffolk’s elite talents — in check throughout.

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