The play call was lasso 1. William Hogan and Michael Elardo roped themselves a winner.
Hogan hit Elardo for a 20-yard touchdown pass in overtime Friday night to give No. 6 Syosset a 27-21 victory over No. 3 MacArthur in a Nassau I quarterfinal game in Levittown.
"It's an isolation to me and something we always practice," said Elardo, Long Island's most prolific receiver this season, who went over the 1,000-yard mark Friday night in moving the Braves (5-4) into Thursday's semifinal game against Massapequa at Hofstra. "Once the defense made that stop , our whole bench and whole crowd got into it. We had never played an overtime game before. We had to ask the refs the rules."
Despite biting cold and gusty winds, Hogan threw four touchdown passes, including a 14-yard screen to Alex Concannon in the first quarter, a 17-yard pass to E.J. Aronson in the third quarter for a 14-13 lead and a 6-yard pass to Aronson out of the backfield in the fourth quarter that tied it at 21.
MacArthur (6-3) took a 21-14 lead earlier in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Vin Martino, who had a big night with kickoff returns of 77 and 45 yards, and a two-point conversion run by quarterback Jimmy Kelleher, who also scored on a pair of 1-yard quarterback sneaks.
Hogan nearly won it in regulation but was stopped at the 1-yard line on the final play. "I thought I was in," Hogan said. "But it worked out OK. We knew we had one-on-one with Mike, so we ran a comeback route to him."