One year after missing the playoffs, Farmingdale football is back in the Nassau Conference I championship game.
The Dalers intercepted two passes and came up with a safety in the fourth quarter to stymie rival Massapequa, 12-9, Thursday night at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
Farmingdale senior defensive tackle Mike Sinatro bulled through the line and dumped Massapequa QB Paul Bentz into the end zone for a 7-yard-loss with 9:49 left. It gave top-seeded Farmingdale a 5-3 edge.
“We needed a pass rush,” Sinatro said. “We worked hard in practice this week because we knew they were going to throw the ball. We got it done. That was it.”
“He’s had a great year and he made a big play in a game that needed something to happen,” Farmingdale Coach Buddy Krumenacker said.
Junior cornerback Xavier Sanabria’s interception with 2:05 left gave the Dalers the ball at the Massapequa 24-yard-line. Kevin Petit-Frere followed guard Steve Arnone through a gaping hole on the next play and ran untouched for a touchdown.
“I was just thinking daylight,” Petit-Frere said. “Getting that touchdown was a blessing. Now we’re in the county championship.”
Petit-Frere finished with 50 yards on 10 carries. Teammate Curtis Jenkins led the way with 74 yards on 18 carries.
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No. 3 Baldwin blasted No. 2 Oceanside, 67-27, in the other semifinal. Farmingdale (9-1) will play the Bruins at noon next Friday at Hofstra.
No. 5 Massapequa (6-4) led 3-0 on Craig Berge’s 35-yard field goal.
Zach Kolodny booted 30-yard field goal with 1:32 left in half for Farmingdale.
That’s how it remained until Sinatro broke through the Chiefs line and turned the quarterback – and the game – on its head.
Massapequa scored on a desperation 39-yard touchdown pass from Bentz to Mike Masiello as time expired.
Bentz completed 10 of 23 passes for 113 yards and ran for 40 yards on 13 carries.
Now the Dalers are back in the Conference I title game for the second time in three years. Massapequa lost in the semis for the second straight season.
“You play and you play and then all of a sudden a couple of things go your way,” Krumenacker said. “And you get out of here with a win.”
Nassau Conference I SemifinalTeams 1 2 3 4 F Massapequa 3 0 0 6 9 Farmingdale 0 3 0 9 12
M – Berge 35 FG
F – Kolodny 30 FG
F – Safety (Bentz sacked in end zone)
F – Petit-Frere 24 run (Kolodny kick)
M – Masiello 39 pass from Bentz (no attempt)
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