Michael D’Alessandro helps Massapequa change fortunes vs. Farmingdale, Nassau I semifinal victory

Farmingdale ended Massapequa’s bid for a perfect season two weeks ago by astonishing it in the final game of the final regular season game. ‘Pequa got to enjoy the sweet taste of post-season payback Friday night by ending the Dalers season.

Massapequa (10-1) played an almost perfect first half, better than Farmingdale (7-3) in all facets of the game, then rolled to a 28-7 Nassau Conference I semifinal victory at Hofstras Shuart Stadium.

When the teams went to their respective locker rooms at the break, ‘Pequa had a 21-0 lead, had not allowed Farmingdale’s offense to earn a first try and had not committed a penalty kick.

Returning Michael D’Alessandro rushed to 102 yards and touchdown runs at 2 and 51 yards, but the list of Massapequa players who made crucial plays is long as it brought a real ensemble show.

“Our guys came to play and they played out easily,” Massapequa coach Kevin Shippos said. “They understood that it was important to establish ourselves on the offensive and make a statement with our defense, and they did just that. They executed our game plan really well.”

“Someone showed up and simply kicked us out [butts]”Daler coach Buddy Krumenacker said.” We do not make excuses and there is no excuse to come. “

Nr. 1 Massapequa advances to Friday’s 19:30 county championship game and must face the winner of Friday’s late semifinal between No. 2 Oceanside and No. 3 Syosset. ‘Pequa will go after his seventh county crown and second move. Over the past academic year, it defeated Oceanside for the title in the coronavirus-displaced spring season.

Jake Ciolino had a 16-yard touchdown run for the first goal, and after D’Alessando’s 2-yard TD before the end of the first quarter, wideout Ryan Fountain caught a long lateral from quarterback Ryan Heidrich and threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jonny Yahner to 21-0.

“We were flat the first time we played. I do not know why – maybe we thought we had it in the bag,” Heidrich said. “We would not let that happen again.”

Farmingdale full-back Tomaso Ramos was put on the sidelines with a hip injury sustained in the teams’ first meeting. He was replaced by sophomore Sal Posillico – who scored the winner of that competition – but ‘Pequa still went with an extra man on the front line with great effect.

The big defensive games came from all sides. Anthony Matturo got a sack, a tackle-for-loss and a fumble recovery. Dylan Wakely had two tackles-for-losses and a sack. Jared Howes got a fumble recovery. And Luke Ciolino had an excellent all-around play with 99 all-purpose yards left with five tackles and a sack.

“The defense came today with the right aggressive mentality,” Matturo said. “It was a difference maker.”

Farmingdale finally got on the board with 2:15 left of the game when Kyle Wilson teamed up with Ryan Woodland on a 79-yard touchdown reception.

“We won [Conference I] the championship last season, but it feels so much bigger, “said Luke Ciolino.” We played an entire season. We are on this stage. It feels like there is so much more at stake and we play that way. “

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