Del Negro, DeRenzo save Connetquot
In the third overtime, Tony Del Negro (14 tackles) and Luciano DeRenzo combined on a tackle to prevent a potential game-tying two-point conversion and seal a 36-34 win for Connetquot over Longwood in Suffolk I football Friday night.
“We think we have a really special team this year,” said defensive coordinator Mike Konsevitch. “When we went down 16, we did not think the game was over. The team showed a tremendous amount of heart and character.”
Del Negro also caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Will Ross with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter to bring Connetquot to within two points. The Del Negro touchdown capped a 16-play, 52-yard drive, which included two fourth-down conversions. Brandon Hurley ran in the two-point conversion to tie the score at 22. Connetquot (2-2) got the ball first in the first overtime, drove to the 1-yard line, but Longwood’s Christian Reuthebuck recorded an interception to end the drive. Reuthebuck started to run toward the end zone, but according to Section XI rules, once a turnover occurs in overtime the play is blown dead.
Longwood scored on its first possession of the second overtime, butcouldn’t score on a two-point conversion. On Connetquot’s second possession of overtime, Christian Pisano caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ross to tie the score at 28 for the Thunderbirds but they missed the extra point. George Wilchens caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Ross on Connetquot’s third possession of overtime and Hurley ran in the two-point conversion to put the Thunderbirds up 36-28. Longwood answered the Connetquot touchdown with a 6-yard run by Latrell Horton, but failed to convert the two-point conversion that would have sent the game to a fourth overtime. Ross completed 9 of 15 passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns and Hurley rushed for 107 yard on 24 carries and two touchdowns.
Commack 33, Sachem East 23: Kevin Snyder rushed for 120 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns for Commack (1-3). Ryan Sheridan and Ronnie Beard connected on a 15-yard touchdown pass with 7:00 left in the third to give Commack an 18-17 lead. Beard had eight receptions for 170 yards. Snyder’s 3-yard run with 3:05 left in the third quarter increased the lead to 25-17. Sheridan threw for 200 yards and rushed for 98 yards.
Sachem North 22, Patchogue-Medford 9: Alezandro Aponte had 24 carries for 161 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run to lead Sachem North (3-1). Nick Licostie completed all six passes he attempted for 87 yards and a score. Chris Maser added 15 carries for 83 yards and a score. Sachem North recorded its 300th win in program history, said coach Dave Falco.
Bay Shore 19, Whitman 7: Matt Ilchuk completed 10 of 18 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bay Shore (2-2). Ilchuk connected with Rauchaun Robinson for scores of 35 and 30 yards, the first of which gave Bay Shore a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Kevin Sammis caught three passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Marvin St. Juste had eight tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Khalid Hill had 10 tackles.
Brentwood 41, Central Islip 15: Kyle Niehr ran for two touchdowns and passed for two touchdowns for Brentwood (1-3). He found Sterling Fitz-Henley on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds left in the first half to give Brentwood a 20-0 lead. Tyjuan Nelson rushed for 76 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. Jovon Williams made two interceptions.