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East Meadow Shocks Freeport to Win County Championship

James D'Elia's 5-yard run with 4:23 remaining put the Jets ahead for good.

The East Meadow Jets have reached the top of Nassau County's football mountain.

The Jets came from behind to upset Freeport 34-33, thanks in part to 220 all-purpose yards from Dylan Curry.

"The feeling is unbelievable," Curry said. "I have never been prouder to be on a team like I am right now."

Freeport opened the scoring when Isaiah Barnes connected with Leondre Simmon for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Marvin Cajoles blocked the ensuing extra point, and then Robbie Healy responded with his first rushing touchdown of the day.

"It was a true team effort," Healy said. "It's just great how we all stepped up and did our part."

The Red Devils regained the lead early in the second quarter, as Barnes found Jere Brown from 20 yards out. Billy Andrle responded with a 1-yard touchdown scamper to tie the game at 14-14.

On the ensuing possession, Freeport had a touchdown pass taken away because of a holding penalty. On the following play, Robbie Healy picked off Barnes' pass. The very next play, Curry found Healy on a 63-yard bomb to give East Meadow a 21-14 lead at the half.

Freeport took over the game's momentum in the third quarter, as Evan Lapice rushed for two touchdowns to give the Red Devils a 27-21 lead. A botched snap on the extra point attempt kept the Freeport lead at six.

Just before the third quarter expired, Curry and Healy connected again. This time, the pass was from 53 yards away. The Jets had a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Red Devils took the lead one more time in the fourth, when Barnes found Simmon for the second time in the end zone. James D'Elia came up with the biggest play of East Meadow's season, as he rushed into the end zone from five yards out to give the Jets a 34-33 lead.

"I knew I needed to make a big play," D'Elia said. "Their defender is fast, and he had me to the outside. I had to cut in, and thankfully, there was a lane for me to score."

This is the first time East Meadow has won a Nassau County Championship since Vincent Mascia led the Jets in 2006. For Mascia, the feeling is just as sweet the second time around.

"I am just so proud of the boys," Mascia said. "We knew we could do this when the season started, and they did a heck of a job today."

East Meadow now advances to the Long Island Championship on Nov. 27 at Stony Brook University against the winner of Sunday's Sachem North vs. William Floyd contest.

"We are really looking forward to the opportunity," Mascia added.

Team 1 2 3 4 F East Meadow 7 14 7 6 34 Freeport 6 8 13 6 33

F - Isaiah Barnes 14-yard pass to Leondre Simmon (Ferdy Torres kick blocked)

EM - Robbie Healy 13-yard rush (Joe Martinico kick)

F - Barnes 20-yard pass to Jere Brown (Barnes pass to Brown good for 2-point conversion)

EM - Billy Andrle 1-yard rush (Martinico kick_

EM - Dylan Curry 63-yard pass to Healy (Martinico kick)

F - Barnes 27-yard pass to Evan Lapice (Torres kick)

F - Lapice 4-yard rush (Brown pass failed)

EM - Curry 53-yard pass to Healy (Martinico kick)

F - Barnes 23-yard pass to Simmon (Barnes pass failed)

EM - James D-Elia 5-yard rush (Curry rush failed)

Statistics

Rushing: EM- Curry, 23 carries, 76 yards; Andrle, 17 carries 73 yards, 1 TD; Healy, 13 carries, 59 yards, TD; F- Barnes, 11 carries, 52 yards; Maurice Irby, 2 carries, 44 yards.

Passing: EM- Curry, 4-of-6, 144 yards, 2 TD; F- Barnes, 15-of-26, 320 yards, 4 TD

Receiving: EM- Healy, 2 rec, 116 yards, 2 TD; F- Simmon, 5 rec, 119 yards, 2 TD; Brown, 5 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD

Tackles: EM- Marvin Cajoles, 5.5 tackles; Evan Pantofel, 5.5 tackles; F- Marquis Wells, 10 tackles, 1 sack; Errol Small, 9.5 tackles; Isaiah Hicks, 8.5 tackles.

P. Trebendis November 20, 2011 at 12:30 PM
east meadow was in control of the game and played very well. they showed up and played. freeport is a tough competitor, to say we came from behind with an inflection that we shocked them is to dramatic and takes from the hard effort of players and coaches of being in the game the entire time and freeport unable to hold off east meadows skilled play. east meadow did not shock me. east meadow won the football game. was the reproter at the game?
Michael Ganci (Editor) November 20, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Yes, I was at the game. Freeport is the defending champion for three years running, and the "shocks" angle was more referring to the way East Meadow won. There's no doubting how great they played. Thanks for reading!
Bill Alderman November 20, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Congrats Boys! I think You deserve a parade! You worked hard and you worked as a team. Team = Together Everybody Accomplishes More! Coach Mascia and all the other adults involved also deserve a big round of applause! Good luck at Stony Brook. J-E-T-S ! LET'S GO JETS!!!!
Susan November 20, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Congratulations to the EAST MEADOW JETS!! Question about the headline though... Is SHOCKED really the right word to use here?? Both teams had the exact same 9 wins, 1 loss record going into last night's game. The JETS played terrifically and WON! I think the only one who is "shocked" is the writer. Sorry, Mike but it really was a bad word choice.
Michael Ganci (Editor) November 20, 2011 at 10:53 PM
Freeport was the heavy favorite Susan, so that's why I used the word shocked in the deadline. Nobody is short-changing the season East Meadow has had. Thanks for reading!
patti November 21, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Congratulations to EM Jets! Great season Robbie Healy, we knew even back when you were a Brave that you'd be a real force on the HS field.
Michael Ganci (Editor) November 21, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Robbie certainly had a record-setting campaign, and he will surely be looking to add to that next week.
carelia November 21, 2011 at 02:55 AM
Yesterday, at the game I was in tears from the excitement, lost my voice from all the screaming! I am so happy for the East Meadow Jets for winning the Nassau County Championship! Way to Go East Meadow!
Seavens November 21, 2011 at 05:31 AM
Isaiah Barnes is an amazing kid! Athlete! And quarterback! I would have liked to see him end his career as a 16 year old senior with another championship under his belt. He will be one to watch in college! I wish him luck!!! Oh...and East Meadow played really well! It was a good game through and through! Every point was earned, nothing given! That's what made it a really good match up!
Michael Ganci (Editor) November 21, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Thanks for weighing in everyone! How do you all think East Meadow will do against Floyd?
jay November 21, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Robbie Healy is an amazing athlete as well as Dylan Curry and all the other skilled players. Let's not forget the amazing offensive line that has led this team to the highest average points scored on the entire Island. Great job O-line! Oh, and as far as how the Jets will do against Floyd? Don't know much about Floyd other then their great back Stacey Bedell, maybe someone else can weigh in? I am still pinching myself over that win against Freeport....Hey Mike, no worries, "shock" was ok because 9 "experts" on MSG Varsity ALL picked Freeport too..so you are not alone:)
Jared Biunno November 22, 2011 at 05:10 PM
My thinking: If East Meadow can stop 1. Jere Brown 2. Maurice Irby 3. Evan Lapice 4. Leondre Simmons and of course 5. Isaiah Barnes, all of those incredible quick and talented speed players, they will stop Stacey Bedell. The defense is used to stopping and open-field tackling those kind of quick-cutting runners, and Stacey Bedell will be no exception. If the line can ground and pound all day and allow Curry to sneak in a quick 50 or 60 yard TD pass just like they did against Freeport, this will be an easy win for EM.
jay November 22, 2011 at 08:10 PM
I hope you are right Jared. Hey, when is the East Meadow vs. Floyd video coming out? You do an awesome job!
Jared Biunno November 23, 2011 at 06:03 PM
Thanks Jay! Thursday afternoon ittl be ready! Coming out really great so far.
Madmike November 27, 2011 at 03:25 AM
The reporter is absolutly right, and I am an unbiased witness who was at the game, and my son plays for the Baldwin Bruins. Shocking because the Red Devils handled the Jets so easily in their one meeting earlier in the season...yes I was there also. Also the fact was this was Freeports game, and they really did all they could to lose it. Including unbelievably leaving Amazing Robbie Healy alone wide open , not once but twice for deep bombs and touchdowns. Also the fact that the Freeports kicking game failed them miserably. The BEST team does not always win.BUT THAT DOES NOT DIMINISH THE FACT THAT EAST MEADOW JETS ARE A DESERVING CHAMPION...GOOD LUCK I HOPE THE JETS GO FORWARD AND REPRESENT NASSAU AGAINST SUFFOLK AND COME HOME WITH THE LONG ISLAND CHAMPIONSHIP. Both teams had great strengths and weakness, but thats what made it such an incredibaly good game to watch.
Madmike November 27, 2011 at 03:49 AM
@Jared , by now I think the winner has been determined for the Long Island Championship...and I am definately rooting for East Meadow to win. The problem with your thinking is that you think EM stopped Freeport offensively..Giving up 75 pts in 2 games, does not amount to a good defensive effort.. Havent seen Floyd, but I hear they are pretty well balanced and very good.East Meadow has a powerful Offensive line, spectacular playmaker in Rob Healy, and very good role players at the skill position.On defense they have a very tough and strong defensive line and linebackers, but they can be exploited by speed..Dont sleep on Floyd, it most likely by Barnes or Bedell for Nassau co Player of the year. I believe Barnes gets it. Healy definately deserves consideration, but I believe these things are voted on at the end of the regular season, so playoff games dont count in the voting. Good Luck

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