Football Team Undefeated Led By First Ranked Defense

Nolan Foley, Reporter

The varsity football team has started their return to Conference III and it has been prosperous so far. The team has outscored opponents 92-7 and is 3-0.

This season due to lower enrollment in the high school the Warriors were moved down to Conference III. This means the team will no longer play foe Garden City every year but will bring back rivalries from the conference that Wantagh was in for twenty years before moving up to II. Wantagh won two county championships, a Long Island championship and a Rutgers cup in conference III. The conference change brings back old rivalries such as Plainedge and Bethpage who the team will start and end their season with.

It was all Warriors as on the first play from scrimmage Tom Rohan burst through the wide open hole made by the offensive line and scored an 80-yard touchdown. The defense was led by Sean Colbert who ran down a Plainedge player who was about to score a 65-yard touchdown in the second quarter that would’ve tied the game when Colbert stripped him at the five yard line. The Warriors then finished that drive with a 66-yard touchdown pass from Jake Castellano to Jimmy Joyce. After an interception by Anthony Vano, Tommy Rohan would then score another touchdown up the middle as the offensive line opened a huge hole which gave the team a 20-0 lead at the half. The second half was again all Wantagh as they didn’t let up scoring two more touchdowns which included a 70-yard touchdown catch and run by Gavin Casey. The defense also held strong as they only allowed 7 points on a touchdown in the final minute. This was a statement win over rival Plainedge.

In week two the Warriors faced off against Lynbrook on Wantagh’s Homecoming. In front of a packed crowd on a perfect day the defense would stand tall for the Warriors as they forced 6 interceptions and 2 of them were touchdowns and romped to a 31-0 victory. Anthony Donafrio and Tom Rohan both had pick-sixes in the first half and Casey Murphy had an eight yard run for a touchdown as well. Mike Piergiovanni kicked his first field goal of the season from 37 yards out and the Warriors went into half-time with a 24-0 lead at half. In the second half Jake Castellano threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Donafrio. The defense would stay strong capturing there first shutout of the season.

The Warriors had their first home night game in 6 years where they faced off against the undefeated fourth seed Roosevelt, on September 23rd. The team continued their dominance in conference III as they shut them out 28-0. The defense, who has only allowed 7 points in three games was led by Sean Colbert and Joe Valenti who combined for 21 tackles and 3 sacks. The offense was led by Jimmy Joyce who had two touchdowns thrown to him by Jake Castellano. Tom Rohan and Gavin Casey were the leading rushers for the Warriors as they both scored touchdowns on the ground. 3-0 Wantagh will travel to Levittown to face off against a tough Division team next week with a chance to stay undefeated.

In week 4 Wantagh would stay undefeated as they beat the Division Blue Dragons 42-7. Tom Rohan led the Warrior offense with 8 carries for 212 yards and 3 touchdowns. Anthony D’Onofrio also added 2 touchdowns both on punt returns. The defense would hold strong once again as they have now only allowed 14 points in their first four games. This upcoming week the Warriors will face off against the second seed Lawrence Golden Tornadoes and will be News 12 Varsities game of the week.