Sachem North downs Bay Shore, advance to semis
Kevin Lathan, often the forgotten man in Sachem North's high-powered offense, had a night to remember.
The 5-4, 160-pound senior rushed for 187 yards on 20 carries, scored one touchdown and set up another as the Flaming Arrows defeated the Marauders, 24-7, Friday night at Sachem North in a Suffolk I first-round playoff game.
Lathan was at his best in the second half. After Bay Shore (4-5) cut it to 10-7 on Matthias Eato's 33-yard touchdown run, Lathan exploded up the middle for 20 yards to ignite a 71-yard drive that concluded with Lathan's 22-yard scoring burst.
"We always talk about being ready and he was," North coach Dave Falco said. "He had a good JV career but in two years on the varsity, he's had to play behind two good fullbacks -- Tyler Andreassi and Anthony Ross. When they both got hurt, he really stepped up. I'm so proud of him. He's a real team guy who's played on our special teams."
In the fourth quarter, after an interception by Chris Biryla, Lathan shook free for a 47-yard gain that set up an 11-yard TD run by Kevin Bragaglia, who had scored on a 23-yard pass from Mike O'Donnell in the second quarter.
As North (7-2) was running out the clock following a fumble recovery by Biryla, Lathan capped off his career night with a 24-yard run that gave him more yards in Friday night's game than he had accumulated all season. Lathan entered the game with 174 yards on 35 carries. He is one of the Arrows who has stepped up following season-ending injuries to offensive studs Trent Crossan and Andreassi.
Bragaglia, a dynamic sophomore, also had a big game. He carried 10 times for 58 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 73 yards and another TD, and made a big interception for North's opportunistic defense that caused four turnovers.
These two teams combined for 125 points in their Week 2 meeting -- a 63-62 overtime victory for Sachem North.