Excitement went through the town this past Friday, as Manhasset was getting ready for their first varsity football game of the year. Under the lights and on the road against a big time opponent in Hewlett (1-0), Manhasset (0-1) had a lot to prove to everyone. Led by a strong nucleus of seniors, things seemed promising for this year; and Manhasset came to play.
Led by a strong performance by quarterback Thomas Duran, the offense was bound to do well. Manhasset kept pace with the high-powered offense of Hewlett as Duran threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Duran found a big target for two touchdowns in Keyshawn Johnson, who caught two fade passes from Duran for thrilling touchdowns. The final touchdown Duran ran in for a big score to put Manhasset within one score. Along with the passing, Manhasset had a solid rushing attack led by Jack Miller, who was making his first varsity start.
The defense had a tough task containing the star player from Hewlett, Leguillow. Although he had a great game, the defense completely shut down all other options. Only allowing 18 passing yards and causing the Hewlett offense to be uncomfortable the entire night, the defense put a lot of pressure on the Hewlett offense by constantly having pass rushers in the pocket. The secondary played a key role by only allowing one completed pass in the entire game.
Many players play both sides of the ball, and did well, but Manhasset fell short in the end, 28-22.