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Thomas Santella-Will Allen connection rallies Manhasset

Steven Salerno #12 of of Manhasset runs the

Steven Salerno #12 of of Manhasset runs the ball against Justin Waite #9 of New Hyde Park during a game on Sept. 23, 2017 in Manhasset. Credit: Anna Sergeeva

Will Allen caught a 52-yard slant pass over the middle from quarterback Thomas Santella for a touchdown and Devin Kennedy kicked the extra point to give Manhasset a 22-21 victory over New Hyde Park in Nassau II football yesterday.

Manhasset found itself trailing by nine in the fourth quarter, but coach Henry Simpkins said his players never believed they were out of it. With 40 seconds left, Manhasset got the big play it needed for the come-from-behind victory over the Gladiators (1-2). “The kids never gave up, and it was an exciting feeling when he caught the ball and he just hit the sideline,” Simpkins said. “It shows to never give up. We played a real good game.”

Manhasset (3-0) began the final drive on its own 40-yard line.

“We just wanted to get the ball into Will’s hands,” Simpkins said. “The passes were there all day long but we just couldn’t connect.”

Trailing 21-12 late in fourth quarter, Kennedy kicked a 28-yard field goal, cutting the deficit to six. Allen had 90 receiving yards.

Santella completed 13 of 15 passes for 120 yards and threw for two touchdown passes.

Grant Petracca rushed for 135 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown.

“It’s just a good start to the season being 3-0,” Simpkins said.

— Melissa Kramer

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