Oct 05, 2012
By Rob Abruzzese
Coming off their first loss of the season, the Hewlett Bulldogs won’t necessarily be looking to improve on the mistakes they made last week. Instead, they will be trying to making it through the SAT’s with enough focus left to play a competitive game of football.
“The SAT’s are a huge factor,” Hewlett’s head coach Jay Iaquinta said. “Last year we played at Manhasset after the SAT’s and we were late, we were rushing, and we were down two scores before we knew what happened. Luckily we were good enough to come back and win, but it was just a scramble show.”
To top off the fact that the Bulldogs are playing after their SAT’s, they are also travelling to Glen Cove for the game. So to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, Iaquinta and his staff have made sure that travel arrangements have been made for all of the players ahead of time to avoid people scrambling around at the last second.
Football almost seems secondary to getting the kids there, on time, and focused on the game, but Iaquinta certainly is thinking about that as well. Coming off a tough and emotional loss, he likes what he has seen so far in practice and has even gone as far to say that he thinks the team will be better off.
“They’re resilient,” Iaquinta explained. “They never get too crazy in an emotional game whether it’s a win or a loss. It’s just one game in a long journey. There are some things that we have to work on. You never want to lose a game, but you learn a lot more from a loss and you could see it in their body language that they are prepared for this game.”
The Bulldog’s opponent this Saturday will be the Glen Cove Cardinals, whom they haven’t played in the last three years. Iaquinta and his coaches have been reviewing plenty of video tape to prepare though.
“They like the big play so our focus is going to be on containing them and stopping that big play,” Iaquinta said. “Their running game is their strength, they have nice size. To win high school football games you have to stop the run first. That’s almost universal.”
After the Bulldogs let Plainedge’s Gianfranco Soriente run for 184 yards against them last Saturday it makes sense that they will pay attention to the running game.
Glen Cove has a solid running game as well and one that comes with multiple options. Billy Neice is coming off an impressive 120 yard and one touchdown performance against South Side last week. Three weeks ago, Sean Tan rushed for 104 yards and Will Kassar had 81 and a touchdown in the same game against Carle Place.
Glen Cove is the hot team of the two. Both are 3-1, but Glen Cove has won three in a row since losing it’s first game of the season.
Hewlett plays Saturday at Glen Cove, 3:00 p.m.
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