Standout rusher Robbie Healy has been the leading contributor to East Meadow's scoring binges this season, finding the end zone 28 total times entering last night. Meanwhile, Billy Andrle had managed just six touchdowns, four of which came in the first two games of the season.
The end zone again proved to be a magnet for Healy, as he scored five touchdowns while leading No. 2 East Meadow past No. 5 Massapequa, 55-21, in the Nassau I semifinals at Hofstra. But it was the early work of Andrle, who scored East Meadow's first two touchdowns, that ignited the Jets.
"It felt great," Andrle said. "The line blocking was fantastic and the emotion of the team was great."
East Meadow (9-1) faces No. 1 Freeport in the championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at Hofstra.
The Jets have been a juggernaut this season, averaging more than 45 points per game, and it didn't take long for them to come out swinging.
Andrle (172 yards, 15 carries) scored on a 5-yard run just 3:34 into the game to give East Meadow a 7-0 lead. But Matt Pagano tied the score at 7 for Massapequa (7-3) on a 2-yard run with 3:47 to go in the first quarter. Andrle answered back with a 45-yard scoring run two minutes later to give East Meadow a 14-7 lead, and the Jets never trailed again.
After that, it was the Healy show. Healy (179 yards, 20 carries) scored East Meadow's next five touchdowns, his last giving the Jets a 48-14 lead with 9:27 left in the fourth quarter.
"Seems like every game we start off slow, but then we make adjustments," Healy said.
This is the second week in a row Healy has five touchdowns, the other coming in the quarterfinals against Uniondale. "You have to give all the credit to the offensive line," Healy said.
The Jets didn't attempt a pass, relying on a relentless rushing attack that racked up 530 yards. They hope the approach produces similar results next week.
"Now it's us versus Freeport again, Round 2," Healy said. "Hopefully, we come out on top this time."