Dalers Dominate Homecoming

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Giuseppe Oliveri, Staff Writer

Nothing is more exciting than Homecoming week at Farmingdale High School; the entire week is met with school spirit, spirit week, and of course to finish it off, the homecoming game. Last year’s homecoming game the Dalers lost a thriller with limited students in attendance due to Covid-19. This year Farmingdale bounced back tremendously, blowing Westbury out of the water by a final score of 36-6, and they did it in front of a packed house at Don Snyder Stadium. 

Before the opening kickoff took place on Friday, October 15th, you knew it was going to be a game to remember for the Dalers as the energy in the crowd was amazing from not only the student section, but the parent section as well. The crowd sang along to the national anthem and for just a moment everyone was able to take in the moment and appreciate what we had gotten back since losing it to the pandemic. 

Now it was time for Dalers football. From the opening drive Farmingdale had complete control of the game, dominating Westbury. The Dalers opened up the scoring with a 10 yard rushing touchdown from Junior Tomaso Ramos, and from there it was all gas no brakes for the Green and White. Following their scoring drive, the offense would continue to dominate the game and time of possession. While the Dalers pounded the ground game early with the duo of Tomaso Ramos and Sal Posillico, the pass game was working on all levels as well. 

Kyle Wilson, who threw for a touchdown, played phenomenally. Once the defense got yet another stop, it was time for the duo of Wilson and Smikle to come into play. After marching down to midfield, Kyle Wilson connected with Jordan Smikle for a 47 yard touchdown off the screen. The entire play worked exactly how it was drawn up, with the stellar blocking from the Dalers meeting with the blazing speed of Smikle. 

After Farmingdale’s second scoring drive the defense came up big yet again, not allowing Westbury to put any points on the board and giving the ball back to the Dalers. Once the ball was back in Farmingdale’s hands, backup quarterback Anthony Licci entered the game and picked up right where Wilson left off. The offense was not on the field for long as Tomaso Ramos broke out for a huge rushing touchdown, going for 62 yards and recording his second touchdown of the game. At this point, Ramos and the Dalers offense was unstoppable, scoring with ease and not once taking their foot off the brake. 

After the kickoff, the Dalers had Westbury pinned within their own 5 yard line and the defense took full advantage of Westbury’s awful field position. Jordan Smikle, who had already contributed to the Dalers’ scoring in the game, was not done yet, recording a safety and putting an additional 2 points on the board for Farmingdale. 

With the Dalers offense now back on the field, it was Anthony Licci’s turn to sling the ball. He would go on to complete a 22 yard pass and keep the Dalers rolling along. The scoring for Farmingdale was capped off by a 10 yard rushing touchdown by sophomore Sal Posillico, leaving Farmingdale with 36 points put up on the board.

The defense was stellar this game as well. The Dalers defense was nearly perfect, giving up only 6 points, which came on Westbury’s last drive of the game. Farmingdale’s gritty defense let up a mere 103 yards, 35 passing yards and 68 rushing. Their performance was nothing short of spectacular, giving Westbury no breathing room all game and forcing 2 points in favor of the Dalers. 

On top of this, the Dalers offensive line played as a unit, giving their quarterbacks all the time they needed in the backfield and creating space which led to huge plays all night. Offensive guard Ryan Quinn, who was part of the stellar offensive line, had this to say about the game: “It was a nice win in front of a big crowd, a big confidence boost against Westbury and has us fired up for Freeport next week.”

The Dalers have been playing amazing football all year leading up to their homecoming game and have huge matchups coming up against Freeport and Massapequa to close out the season. Farmingdale is a team to be feared heading into the final stretch of the season and then of course playoffs. Farmingdale will look to keep up with this amazing play and close out the season as strong as possible. 

 

Final Stat Line:

Farmingdale: 85 passing yards, 202 rushing yards, 5 total touchdowns, 1 safety

Westbury: 35 passing yards, 68 rushing yards, 1 touchdown)