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Scibelli rushes for 206 as Lynbrook tops Plainedge

by Adam Ronis on
Sat, Sep 17, 2011 10:59 PM

Updated Thu, Sep 29, 2011 10:31 AM

Like many running backs, Rocco Scibelli was quick to deflect credit from himself to the offensive line.

Ask the Lynbrook senior running back about the yards he piled up on the ground, he credits the offensive line.

Ask him about the jukes and cuts that were all his doing and Scibelli gives more effusive praise to the offensive line.

Not only did he carve up Plainedge on just 12 carries, he is gracious about his accomplishments.

Scibelli rushed for 159 of his 206 yards and all three of his touchdowns in the first half on eight carries to lead Lynbrook over host Plainedge, 45-21, Saturday in Nassau III football.

"The offensive line made the big holes," Scibelli said. "It was really all them. I just ran. The offensive line and wide receivers made some big blocks. I just took what they gave me."

It was really more than that. On Lynbrook's second possession, Scibelli took a handoff that looked like a simple 5-yard gain as he appeared to be smothered in a pile. He broke free and raced for a 75-yard touchdown run with 5:48 left in the first quarter.

After Ralph Caccavale scored on a 14-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 6 for Plainedge (1-1), followed by a 58-yard run by quarterback Luke Spitzer with a 5-yard TD run. Later in the second quarter Scibelli scored on a 56-yard run with much of it coming on his cuts to extend the lead to 20-6.

"I have known him forever and as soon as I hand the ball to him, I know something is going to happen," Spitzer said. "He keeps moving his feet and he doesn't stop. If he's not getting the ball, he's blocking for me. He finds someone to hit."

Said Lynbrook coach Stephen LoCicero: "Anytime you run like that it's the guys up front. We call them the seven blocks of granite. They kept blocking and he found the holes and broke a lot of tackles as well in the secondary. His vision and ability to cut back with leg drive power at the end was spectacular."

Lynbrook (2-0) has a lot of size and depth with the Owls playing almost 50 guys. They refer to the offensive line as the seven blocks of granite since they rotate seven players on the line.

It enabled the Owls to pile up 477 yards of offense, including 431 rushing. Spitzer rushed for 158 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown and also threw a TD pass to Anthony Rainone.

The defense also came through with some big plays. Matt Trotta had an interception to thwart a Plainedge drive late in the first half as did Danny Kelly. Matt Motta scored on a 25-yard fumble recovery in the third to make it 42-6.

Trotta had 18 tackles and Dustin Maskuli added seven tackles for Lynbrook. The Owls are the defending Long Island Class III champions and were seeded No. 2 before the season.

"We were trying to make a statement," Trotta said. "The senior class has only lost one game. We thought we should have been the one seed coming off a championship."


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