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Mark Donadio, Billy Tartaglia propel fast-starting Mount Sinai

Mt. Sinai's Mark Donadio runs for a touchdown

Mt. Sinai's Mark Donadio runs for a touchdown against Shoreham-Wading River during a Suffolk High School Division I football game at Mt. Sinai High School Saturday. (Sept. 15, 2012) Credit: Barry Sloan

Mount Sinai coach Vinnie Ammirato understands the importance of getting off to a strong start.

With Suffolk IV's top-seeded team, Glenn, off to an 0-2 start, the Mustangs had a golden opportunity to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the division.

Mt. Sinai took a giant step forward Saturday as Mark Donadio ran for 152 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries in a 28-0 win over Shoreham-Wading River.

"It's very important for us to get a leg up on the competition," Ammirato said. "This is a strong conference from top to bottom. It's at least eight teams deep."

Mt. Sinai (2-0) got started early as Donadio broke free for a 70-yard score three plays into the game to give the Mustangs a 6-0 lead.

Billy Tartaglia completed touchdown passes of 14 and 3 yards to Sal Maresca and Brandon Drumgole in the third quarter to extend the lead to 21-0.

Danny Kaufman carried five times for 54 yards and added an 11-yard scoring run in the third to cap the scoring for Mt. Sinai.

Ammirato was pleased with the win, but knows there are still at least six weeks left in the season.

"We're happy but we know we have to keep getting better," Ammirato said.

Defensively, Mt. Sinai's front seven did the job.

Mike Cortese had eight tackles and a sack, Ryan Clark had four tackles and a sack and Michael Debuccio added five stops and two sacks.

T.J. Burns and Brian Reed each had six tackles and Mike Donadio added five tackles.

As for the message to his players, Ammirato said it's too early to start getting ahead of themselves.

"Practice starts on Monday," Ammirato said. "We need to get better because we're not overlooking anyone."

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