by MATT WEINIGER
What a game! Oceanside absolutely dominated Syosset by a final score of 61-33 to move on to the county finals. Oceanside undoubtedly played their best offensive game of the year. All parts of the Sailors’ game were clicking, but the running game was absolutely spectacular. Running back Cole Parker had his best game of the season rushing for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. Charlie Mckee carried over his fantastic running from last week as he rushed for over 190 yards and for 5 touchdowns. Parker and McKee combined for 338 yards and for 42 points in the run game. Charlie Mckee was also very impressive in the passing game throwing for 182 yards and a touchdown. The defense was very aggressive and played well against a Syosset offense with an explosive passing game.
As a result of the victory, the biggest rivalry in Nassau County high school football is back this week as Oceanside takes on Massapequa in the most important game of the year for the Sailors. The two teams have faced off once already this year in a week 4 matchup. Massapequa handed Oceanside their only loss this year with a 26-21 victory in what was a very exciting and close game. Both teams come into the game at 9-1. Massapequa’s one loss came against Farmingdale in the regular season. Massapequa is strong on both sides of the ball, and especially in the short to mid passing game where they excel. Massapequa’s defense is also strong, but has proven to be vulnerable throughout the season.
For Oceanside to win, they have to continue with their phenomenal run game that has been dominant in the first two playoff games. Oceanside’s offense has been on fire lately averaging 46.7 points in their last 4 games. The passing game must also be a big factor, and we can expect to see some deep balls thrown early by McKee to test out and stretch Massapequa’s defense. The sailor’s defense will look to continue their hard work, as they are very capable of stopping this Massapequa offense. The defense has shown throughout the season that they are capable of stuffing the run and locking down the opponent’s passing game. The game is this Friday at 7:30 at Hofstra with everything at stake. Go Sailors!
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