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Nick Capuana scores 4 TDs to lead Massapequa past Baldwin, 41-32

Massapequa's Nick Capuana dives for a touchdown against

Massapequa's Nick Capuana dives for a touchdown against Baldwin. (Nov. 2, 2013) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

One 200-yard passer, plus one player who scores four touchdowns and another with 200 all-purpose yards adds up to the same thing almost every time.

A huge offensive game and a win.

Nick Capuana had 17 carries for 148 yards, three catches for 84 yards and a career-best four total touchdowns, Matthew Caracappa completed 9 of 14 passes for 244 yards and three TDs and Craig Berge had 206 all-purpose yards with two TDs to lead Massapequa to a road victory at Baldwin, 41-32, in Nassau I Saturday.

"The offense was great today. Offensive line always steps up big for the run game, and the passing game is easy," Caracappa said. "My guys are always wide open and I just get them the ball and let them do their thing."

With Massapequa (6-2) leading 27-18 in the fourth, Berge and Capuana helped seal it.

On first-and-10 from Massapequa's 45-yard line early in the fourth, Berge faced one-on-one coverage on the outside, shook off a defender to get position on a post pattern to catch the ball, and juked free to run in for a 34-18 lead. After Baldwin answered to get within 34-24 with 8:39 left, Capuana scored his fourth TD of the game on a 65-yard run up the middle with 1:15 to play to make it 41-24.

"That was a shake route," Berge said of his fourth-quarter TD catch. "Me and [Caracappa] have been working on it all year . . . I made my move and got some separation on it, and once my guy crossed my face I cut back and just ran it in."

Capuana, a senior, led Massapequa early with two of his touchdowns in the first quarter. He capped the Chiefs' 12 play, 74 yard-opening drive with a 1-yard TD run that made it 7-0 after Berge made the first of five extra points. Mike Rogers had 22 rushing yards on the drive and Berge showed great hands on a 15-yard reception that brought Massapequa to the Baldwin 1-yard line.

On the Chiefs' next drive, Capuana came out of the backfield, streaked up the right sideline and caught a 51-yard TD pass from Caracappa for a 14-0 lead with 5:20 left in the first.

Leading 14-12 in the second, Berge caught his first TD of the game as he came in motion, faked taking a hand off and then ran up the right sideline uncovered, as Caracappa found him for an easy 61-yard TD reception for a 21-12 lead with 7:10 left in the first half.

Baldwin (3-5) got within 21-18 by executing a hook-and-ladder play for a 78-yard TD when Tyler Warner hit Gerard Lyle on a short hitch route and Lyle pitched the ball to Tyshawn Harris who carried it in for the score. Capuana responded though, with his third TD on a 4-yard run to make it 27-18 at halftime.

"The offensive line gets all the credit," Capuana said. "We just kept running that diamond [formation] all day where I run behind Andrew Rogers and Paul Delina out of the backfield, those guys are monsters . . . and this win was a big deal for us."

Berge caught four passes for 133 yards, had 41 rushing yards on four carries and 32 return yards and also handled kicking and punting duties.

For Baldwin, Warner completed 15 of 25 passes for 175 yards and three TDs and Lyle had eight catches for 130 yards and two scores.

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