Football Team Wins First County Title In 12 Years


Nolan Foley, Sports Editor

After making a trip to the Conference II Nassau County final last season where Wantagh lost 28-14 to MacArthur, the Warriors were determined to get another chance to play for the title. They did as they won all 8 of their regular season games, along with two playoff shutout victories. They continued the shutout streak with a 13-0 win over Roosevelt in the Conference III final, their first county title since 2004.

The team opened up the game with a 60-yard touchdown drive that was capped off by a 30-yard touchdown run by Gavin Casey which gave the team a 7-0 lead. The rest of the half, however, the defense led the way not allowing Roosevelt to even get into the redzone and kept the score at 7-0 at half. To start the second half the Wantagh defense again held Roosevelt to no points. And the Warriors’ offense kept possession for much of the third quarter as Wantagh had a 14-play drive finished off by a touchdown by Tom Rohan making it a 13-0. The defense only allowed 160 yards the entire game and did not a single point in the playoffs.

The team captured its fourth county title in history and will now face East Islip in the Long Island Championship game 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 25.

This will be Coach Sachs’ third Long Island Class III Championship game. The Warriors defeated Harborfields in 2001 when backup quarterback Jeff Hiller stepped up for injured starter Brian Rath but then lost to Sayville in 2004.