CONNETQUOT BEATS FREEPORT 21-13 TO WIN THE LONG ISLAND CHAMPIONSHIP
Kicker Justin Bertone had witnessed the scene before. Instead of lining up on fourth down for a likely three points, Connetquot coach Mike Hansen elects to go for it, risking turning over the ball on downs for a new set of downs or possibly a touchdown.
It just so happens a few of those decisions -- seven, to be exact -- were made for everyone to see during Friday's Long Island Class I championship game at Hofstra University. In its 21-13 win over Freeport, Connetquot converted on fourth down six of seven times and scored all three touchdowns, one passing and two running, on fourth-down tries.
The risks resulted in a huge reward: The T-Birds' first Long Island title since 1992.
"We get lucky like that all the time on the fourth downs. Coach spontaneously comes up with these plays and we get touchdowns," Bertone said. He said he wouldn't mind the opportunity to provide three points but "it's OK. I can kick the extra point anyway."