Ian Berg provided just the jolt his team needed with two long fourth-quarter touchdowns as Syosset pulled away for a 55-41 victory at Freeport last night in Nassau I football.
Berg created enough separation from his defender on a post route and caught William Hogan's pass for a 52-yard touchdown that gave Syosset a 41-27 lead early in the fourth. Hogan, who passed for four touchdowns, was hit as he threw but still managed to place a spiral perfectly downfield.
Freeport's D'Monte Woody ran in his fourth touchdown of the night just 2:29 later, but Berg returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a score.
"It was a tremendous play," Syosset coach Paul Rorke said. "The kids did a great job setting a wedge and got it done."
Freeport (4-3) wouldn't go away as quarterback Rashad Tucker ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the Red Devils' first play from scrimmage after Berg's return to make it 48-41 with 7:56 remaining.
But with precision passing by Hogan and the reliable legs of EJ Aronson, the Braves (4-3) assembled a 10-play, 78-yard scoring drive that spanned five minutes. Hogan connected with Michael Elardo for a 9-yard touchdown, the duo's third of the night, to take a 55-41 lead.
Hogan wasted little time in connecting with Elardo on the game's first drive. The quarterback completed all four of his passing attempts on a five-play possession that ended with a 32-yard pass to Elardo.
They connected again later in the quarter -- that time for 27 yards -- to even the score at 14.
The Braves have won three straight after starting the season 1-3.
"This was a good win for us," Rorke said. "The kids responded to a lot of adversity early in the year. They stuck with it and deserve a lot of credit."