Football Team Headed to Playoffs

Lindsey Cohen, Editor-in-Chief

Coach Sachs is back as head coach of the football team and, as he had done for 20 years, he’s positioned the Warriors for a playoff run.

The Warriors have crushed Mepham and Calhoun, and won close games against MacArthur, Elmont and New Hyde Park. The Warriors lost to Carey and Garden City. This gives Wantagh a 5-2 record, putting it in third place in Conference II.

Wantagh defeated the New Hyde Park Gladiators, 21-7, October 13. Starting quarterback Roddy Roche went 8/11 for 121 yards with two passing touchdowns and one return fumble touchdown, sealing the win for Wantagh. Other highlights from the game were Ralph Sommers with 11 tackles and a sack and Peter Brasile with 8 tackles.

The Warriors played a great first half in their game against Garden City. Thanks to a Brandon Watson 73-yard punt return for a TD and a 19-yard touchdown pass from Roche to Will Fitzpatrick Wantagh was tied 14-14. But the Trojans had a very strong second half scoring three touchdowns to win 34-14.

Watson had five catches for 194 yards and three touchdowns for Wantagh leading it to a 31-12 win over Mepham, September 22.
Both Roche and Watson had big cleats to fill after seniors Nick Mullen and Matt Balzano graduated. They’ve stepped up and have both had great seasons.

Nick Manteria, defenseman, and Ryan Nealon, center, are both playing with injuries but that hasn’t stopped either one of them from giving their all on the turf.

The boys will take on a very strong Long Beach squad for their last regular season game, October 27.
Coach Sachs had been the varsity coach for two decades. He was removed from his position last season by the board of education, for reasons that were never explained to the community. Many community members spoke out in support of Sachs. The board reinstated Sachs for this season.