BY MARC JIMENEZ
Good afternoon readers and welcome to today’s Class I championship game between Freeport and Connetquot. Both teams are coming off impressive wins in their county title games. In its 34-21 win over Massapequa, the Freeport defense harassed quarterback Rob Von Bargen all day. He was sacked five times, intercepted three times and fumbled twice. Meanwhile Freeport Erick Lapice had a solid game, running for two scores and throwing for one.
Connetquot, which defeated Lindenhurst, 17-3, will counter with Joe Zuco running the ball while QB Ryan Andersen will look for Jon Sternbach to make plays in the open field. Also expect linebackers Jeremy Leggiero and John Smith to have big games.
Kickoff is set for noon. Will be back with updates throughout the game.
12:00 Freeport won the coin toss and deferred to Connetquot.
7:00 Connetquot's Jon Sternbach took the opening kickoff 32 yards to the Freeport 48. Jeremy Leggiero rushed for 2 yards on first down. Two plays later, Joe Zuco gained 7 on 3rd and 8 before picking up the first on a 4-yard gain. Leggiero gained 5 to move the ball to the 30. Then on 4th and 2 at the 27, Zuco plowed up the middle for 4 yard and the first.
6:18 Anderson was sacked by Maalik McVea on 2 and 7 and fumbled. Freeport recovered.
4:14 Freeport's drive stalled at the 42. On 3rd and 12, Lapice rushed for 7 yards before getting tackled. Freeport punted and Connetquot took over at the 11.
2:01 Connetquot's Zuco gained 2 on first down. Leggiero rushed for 7 on second, setting up a third and short. On the following play, Leggiero was stopped for a no gain. Connetquot punted and Freeport took over at the 49.
1:00 Freeport's Kevin Allen ran for 4 on first down and picked up 10 more on second to set up 1st and 10 at the 30. Two plays later, Lapice danced his way all the way to the 12.
End of First Quarter
11:11 Freeport's Jules Harvey lost 2 on second down, setting up 3rd and 9 at the 11. No matter though, on the next play, Lapice hit Ashanti Foster-Felder for a touchdown capping a 7 play, 44-yard drive that took 2:50. Freeport 7, Connetquot 0.
6:20 Connetquot took over at the 49 after a kickoff and a late hit. Zuco picked up 8 on first. Three plays later, Zuco moved the ball to the 32 on another gain of 8. Leggiero was hit hard by Jules Harvey on second down, losing 2 yards. Then on 4th and 8 at the 31, Anderson passed to Zuco for a 17-yard gain and a first down at the 14.
4:34 Connetquot was called for a false start on 3rd and 3 at the 7. Zuco picked up 2 yards on third and long, setting up a 4th and 6 at the 10. Connetquot called a timeout to think about it.
4:27 Connetquot's Anderson connected with Sternbach on a 10-yard TD to tie this one at 7. Connetquot covered 49 yards on 11 plays. Freeport 7, Connetquot 7
2:57 Freeport took over at the 23 on a 20-yard return by Michael Batts. Allen rushed for 2 on first before Lapice hit Sternbach with a 20-yard pass, setting up a 1st and 10 at the 45. Allen then gained 9 on first and 7 more on second. Connetquot called a timeout .
1:21 Lapice ran for 5 yards on first and Allen picked up 7 more on second, setting up 1st and 10 at the Connectquot 27. Freeport called a timeout.
0:32 After the timeout, Lapice was sacked by Leggiero, setting up a 4th and 10 at the 27. On the next play, Lapice threw to Foster-Felder in the end zone, but the pass was broken up. Connetquot took over at the 27.
End of Second Quarter Freeport 7, Connetquot 7.
Rushing -- C: Zuco 45 yards on 14 carries, Leggiero 19 yards on 6.
F: Allen 50 yards on 7 carries, Lapice 21 yards on 4, Harvey 13 yards on 7.
Passing -- C: Anderson is 3-of-3 for 27 yards with a TD.
F: Lapice is 2-of-4 for 31 yards and a TD.
Turnovers -- C: 1, F: 0
4th down conversions -- C: 4 of 4. F: 0 of 1.
12:00 Freeport's Harvery took the kickoff 10 yards to the 18.
10:29 Lapice threw wide of his receiver on 3rd and 2 at the 38 and Freeport was forced to punt. Connetquot took over on its 41.
7:46 Zuco picked up 2 yards on first and with a face-mask penalty, the ball was placed at the 46. Zuco rushed for 6, Leggiero picked up 3 on second and Zuco picked up 6 more to move the ball to the to the Freeport 46. Connetquot called a timeout.
2:19 Zuco rushed for 8 to bring the ball to the 22. Two plays later, Zuco gained 9 to set up a 3rd and 1. Leggiero ran up the middle, picking up the first, and Zuco ran for 6 to bring the ball to the 4. Zuco then ran the ball 3 mores times and scored on a 4th and 1 at the 1. Connetquot gained 59 yards on 15 plays. Connetquot 14, Freeport 7.
1:31 Freeport took over at the 20. Harvery gained 3 on first, then on second, Foster-Felder dropped a beautiful pass by Lapice at midfield. Freeport called a timeout. They are facing a 3rd and 7 at the 23.
1:22 Lapice ran for 9 to pick up the first and keep the drive alive.
0:20 Lapice gained 6 on another QB keeper, overthrew his receiver on the next two plays and was sacked on third down. Freeport punted and Connetquot took over at the 35.
End of Third Quarter Connetquot 14, Freeport 7
10:41 Zuco gained 12 yards on first down and another 41 yards, two plays later, to set up a 1st and 10 at the 11.
7:52 After a timeout, Zuco took it in for a score on 4th and 1, capping a 7-play, 65-yard drive. Connetquot 21, Freeport 7.
7:11 Freeport took over at the 29. Lapice's pass on first down was broken up. He ran for 10 yards on second to pick up a first. On the next play, Lapice threw to Foster-Felder in the middle of the field. The pass fell incomplete and Foster-Felder was hurt on the play.
5:59 Foster-Felder limped off the field on his own. Lapice was sacked on second, setting up a 3rd and 17 at the 33. His next two passes were low as Connetquot took over with great field position.
4:04 Connetquot called a timeout. The T-Birds are facing 4th and 6 on the 27.
4:02 Anderson's pass on 4th was incomplete as Freeport took over at the 27.
3:06 Lapice was sacked by John Smith, setting up a 3rd and 7 at the 40.
0:53 All Lapice on this drive. He ran up the middle and gained 9 yards for the first, then gained 11 on the next play. He ran for two yards on first then hooked up with Allen for a 13-yard pass. On 1st and 10 at the 25, his pass was thrown short to Foster-Felder. But then Lapice scampered for 8 yards on second and later he ran it in from 2-yards out for the TD. But Freeport caught a bad break as the snap on the extra point was low. Connetquot 21, Freeport 13.
0:51 Freeport went for the onside kick and Connetquot recovered.
End of Fourth Quarter Connetquot 21, Freeport 13
Rushing -- C: Zuco 148 yards on 33 carries. Leggiero 27 yards on 10 carries.
F: Lapice 79 yards on 17 carries. Allen 76 yards on 12 carries.
Passing -- C: Anderson was 4-of-5 for 39 yards with a TD.
F: Lapice was 5-of-17 for 62 yards with a TD.
Receiving -- C: Zuco 2 passes for 29 yards.
F: Foster-Felder 2 passes for 31 yards. Allen 2 passes for 21 yards.
Fourth down conversions: C: 6 of 7. F: 1 of 3.
Total offense (plays/yards) C: 53-197. F: 54-233