Commack has done it again. The Cougars overpowered the Lindenhurst Bulldogs, 28-21, Saturday in a stunning Homecoming game.
The victory improved Commack’s undefeated season to 6-0.
The Cougars started off strong with a touchdown pass, caught by Matt Recek. Bill Holscher finished it off with a successful field goal, to lead Commack 7-0 just a minute and a half into the game.
By halftime, Commack led 14-7.
While Commack went into the game undefeated, the team knew its opponents wouldn’t put up an easy fight. Lindenhurst almost beat Patchogue-Medford, one of the top teams on Long Island, last week, and lost to Ward Melville, another strong team in the last few seconds of the game.
Lindenhurst’s offense put up a hard battle for the Cougars, but Commack was able to put an end to their drives, coming back from three overturns in the game.
Quarterback Rob Paccione and Augie Contressa played incredibly well together, completing multiple key passes, including a touchdown play at the 7-minute mark in the third quarter, giving the Cougars a 21-14 lead.
Willy Monroy was another key player, running the ball across the field all game, to put the offensive line ahead.
“It was my last homecoming, so we definitely wanted to get the victory. We came out and played real well and that’s what we did,” he said after the game. “I feel awesome. Can’t feel anything other than great when you win so I feel real good, but next week’s a new week and we’ve got to come out strong again.”
The Cougars came out victorious with a final score of 28-21.
“What the boys did, was that they overcame three turnovers. We were able to overcome that and drive it down their throat at the end of the game, which was what we needed to do. In this game, the line was tremendous. They really pushed Lindenhurst around, especially on that last drive,” Coach Joe Reggio said, pointing out Monroy for his running skills and Contressa for his key catches in the game.
“This game belongs to the offensive line,” he said.
Next, Commack will face Ward Melville in a ‘Friday Night Under the Lights’ game Oct. 25.
“We’re just going to take it one game at a time. We just want to come out of there with a win,” Reggio said.