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Nick Capuana, Taylor Bocchiaro help Massapequa beat Freeport

Massapequa High School running back #25 Taylor Bocchiaro

Massapequa High School running back #25 Taylor Bocchiaro breaks loose for a 74-yard rushing gain. (Nov. 5, 2011) Credit: James Escher

It had been seven years since Massapequa last beat Freeport, but this season it was clear quarterback Matt Caracappa and the Chiefs were determined to reverse the trend.

Massapequa went ahead early, and poured it on late, besting the Red Devils for the first time since 2005 with a dominant 42-20 home victory Saturday in Nassau I.

"That was a huge motivation," Caracappa said. "We hadn't beaten them in seven years, and you see what we were able to do today."

Massapequa (2-0) went up 7-0 on its first drive, with Nick Capuana producing 24 of the team's 33 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown run.

"I give all the credit to my offensive line," Capuana said. "They do all the work and make me those holes. I ran through a lot of wide open holes today."

Freeport (0-2) answered two possessions later when quarterback Davelle Hooks hit Shawnee Barrett on a seam route for 20-yard score. A missed extra point made the score 7-6.

The Chiefs regrouped and took control, driving 69 yards on three plays to jump out to a 14-6 advantage late in the first. After a short Jack Korber run, Caracappa scampered 28 yards into Freeport territory, setting up Taylor Bocchiaro's 37-yard touchdown run as he found a hole on the right side and picked up a block from a wide receiver at the 20-yard line to coast into the end zone. The Chiefs extended their lead to 21-6 on a Korber 2-yard score early in the second, and took that lead into the half.

Massapequa coach Kevin Shippos said he was glad to see his team respond after the Freeport touchdown, and continue to stick to the game plan of running. "We had a couple bad breaks in the first half when they answered with that touchdown," Shippos said. "But our kids stayed in it mentally and fought back and we had a good second half."

Massapequa scored 21 straight points in the third to break the game open at 42-6 heading into the fourth. The Chiefs opened the third with an eight play, 73-yard drive that resulted in another Bocchiaro TD. Capuana then ran for his second TD of the game from 37 yards, and on Freeport's next possession returned an interception 35 yards for a score.

It was his second interception returned for a touchdown in as many games. "We were playing man coverage, I dropped back, [the receiver] stopped in his route and I jumped in front and picked it off," Capuana said. "We worked on man coverage all week and it's good to see it pay off. It feels awesome."

Freeport tacked on two TDs in the fourth but didn't get any closer. Bocchiaro and Nick Balzano each had two sacks while Mike Masiello also had an interception. Balzano said the defense was motivated from the start, anticipating the end of Massapequa's long losing streak to Freeport.

"We were ready to play right from the beginning," Balzano said. "Coach had a good game plan and it's just exciting. It's been a long time since we beat them but we were ready to play."

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