Friday night was the last home football game for the Manhasset seniors, who were determined to win for the fifth time in a row with hopes of making playoffs. Led behind captains, Owen Connor, Derek Mulholland, Ross Tortora, and Steven Vlahakis, the team had another great win on Senior Night.
Three touchdowns were scored in the first quarter. The first touchdown was scored by Aidan Mulholland, who had 98 rushing yards in the game. After the touchdown, a kick from Alex Papadakos was fumbled in the Sewanhaka end zone and recovered by Jackson Cherry to add another touchdown to the board. After an interception by Brian Arella, the team was able to make a drive toward the end zone once again. The third touchdown was scored off a pass from quarterback Timmy Barrett, who rushed a total of 74 yards in the game, to Deandre Davis who ran for a touchdown. The quarter ended with a score of 21-0 following two tackles by Tortora.
Going into the fourth quarter the score was 21-13, after two touchdowns by Sewanhaka and a failed extra point attempt. The score stood throughout the quarter and with a sack by Vlahakis on a desperate fourth down attempt by the visitors, Manhasset got the ball back with three minutes left. Michael Farrell scored a touchdown on a 12-yard run after the Indians had possession. The game was in firm control for the Indians after Stavros Giannakopoulos intercepted a pass from Sewanhaka on their final drive. With a final score of 28-13, it was once again, another exciting outcome for the Manhasset football team.
Now 5-2, it has been a great season so far, especially for the team’s seniors. The seniors are Will Allen, Brian Arella, Jackson Cherry, Owen Connor, Deandre Davis, Michael Farrell, Sean Kenny, Sean Kirkwood, Demetri McNulty, Derek Mulholland, Joseph Mulholland, Nick Quinn, Alex Racanelli, Jack Sullivan, Ryan Sullivan, Ross Tortora, Steven Vlahakis, John Whelan and Charlie Young. Hopefully, Manhasset football will be a fond memory for the seniors. The seniors will be missed as their dedication to Manhasset football is evident and appreciated. They put in hours of hard work, starting with preseason work from last spring through the summer. Next year the absence of these players will be noted as their skill set and motivation has been crucial to Manhasset’s success this year, which has been one of the best seasons in recent years. The next game is at Elmont on Saturday, where the seniors will suit up for their last regular season game and the team will look to continue its win streak.