By Gary Simeone and Geoffrey Walter
The first football game of the 2013 season got off to a rough start for the New Hyde Park Gladiators. The Thursday night match at Tully Park against Bethpage was postponed until Sunday at 1 p.m. because of lightning in the area. The weather was actually a saving grace for the Gladiators as they were down 13 points going into halftime against an upstart Eagles team.
“Going into Sunday we need to establish more consistency on both sides of the ball,” New Hyde Park head coach Kevin Dolan said. “We also need to take advantage of opportunities that are given to us.”
Down 16-3 midway through the second quarter a great opportunity was presented to the Gladiators thanks to a fumble from an Eagles tailback. With the ball on their own 40, New Hyde Park needed a solid drive to get some momentum going. Instead they went three and out squandering a chance to put some points on the board.
“We definitely need to establish our running game to move the ball down the field,” Dolan said. “Bethpage is a good team but this a game that we should be able to get back into.”
As the game stood, Bethpage had the ball on third down at the New Hyde Park 4-yard line with 2:17 on the clock.
Sunday, the Eagles would continue their relentless assault on the Gladiators, cruising to a 44-19 victory. Bethpage had nine runningbacks run for 411 yards and scores from six different players in the match while New Hyde Park junior QB Thomas Kemmett was sacked five times.
1 2 3 4 F
Bethpage 8 16 14 6 44
New Hyde Park 3 0 7 9 14
Team Scoring Play Extra Point B-NHP
Bethpage Christian Ferruzza 7-yard run 2-point conversion failed 6-0
New Hyde Park Spinnachio 32-yard field goal 6-3
Bethpage Safety 8-3
Bethpage Tyler Lyons 6-yard run Einbinder run 16-3
Bethpage Michael Sforza 4-yard run Brian Seiter run 24-3
Bethpage Efstathiou 2-yard run Einbinder kick 31-3
New Hyde Park Korzewinski 30-yard pass Spinnachio kick 31-10
Bethpage Anthony Herman 8-yard run Einbinder kick 38-10
New Hyde Park Brandon Perez 44-yard pass kick failed 38-16
Bethpage Brian Seiter 12-yard run kick failed 44-16
New Hyde Park Spinnachio kick 22-yard field goal 44-19
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