Call it The Vince D’Alto Show.
When he wasn’t running for touchdowns, he was setting up scores with electrifying kick returns in Kings Park’s 42-14 win over host Comsewogue in a Suffolk Division III football game on Friday night. Kings Park improved to 6-1, while Comsewogue fell to 4-3.
D’Alto ran 27 times for 245 yards and five touchdowns — including a 90-yard dash in the fourth quarter — and was tackled on kick returns of 75 and 61 yards, showcasing both his speed and power on every touch.
What was a one-score lead at halftime ballooned to 28-7 after Kings Park’s offense went to work in the third quarter. After D’Alto returned the opening kick of the half 75 yards to the 17-yard line, he punched the ball in from 4 yards away just three plays later for a 21-7 lead.
Later in the quarter, Kings Park converted a Comsewogue fumble into points. D’Alto’s line-splitting run was good for 5 yards and another touchdown and a 28-7 lead.
Comsewogue chipped into the deficit when Tyler Shannon dived into the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown after catching Tom Tommaso’s short pass, but 28-14 was as close as the Warriors could get in the second half.
Home-run plays defined a fast-paced first half.
After Comsewogue punted on the first possession of the game, Kings Park quarterback Kevin Decker found slot receiver Justin Shapiro for a 74-yard catch-and-run. The well-timed throw on the first offensive play of the game for the Kingsmen put them ahead 7-0 after Dylan Squillacioti’s extra point.
Kings Park’s next possession resulted in a turnover on downs after the Warriors secondary buckled down on a fourth-and-7 pass attempt by Decker.
The Warriors needed just three plays on their next drive to tie the game at 7. Reno Molina rushed once for a yard, then Tommaso found Anthony Cambria for a 24-yard gain.
Molina took the next carry up the middle, bounced off his left tackle and sprinted 51 yards for the score.
Not to be outdone by his counterpart, running back D’Alto took a carry with under three minutes remaining in the second quarter for a 34-yard touchdown and a 14-7 advantage.