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Written by: Sykotyk on Sunday, June 6th, 2021
New Dorp v. Susan Wagner
Staten Island Advance Stadium, Staten Island, NY
(no rosters for this game)
New Dorp was 1-2 entering Saturday’s game. The Cougars had lost to Port Richmond and Curtis, and shutting out Petrides. They were looking for their first home win of the abbreviated spring season. Susan Wagner, the Falcons, however, had seen their first three games of the season canceled and had entered Week 4 looking for not just their first win, but their first official game on the field.
New Dorp’s stadium sits behind the school, on the south shore of State Island. Just a small public park away from the beach. Sal Somma Field at Staten Island Advance Stadium, named because of the island’s primary newspaper. The SI Advance. The field is turfed, with alternating colors of green at each grid line. Their colors are reminiscent of Notre Dame (when they wear green), complete with the interlocking ND logo.
The neighborhood of New Dorp is one of the first settled areas in North America by Europeans. Founded in 1671, by the Dutch from the New Amsterdam colony, it’s named “Nieuw Dorp”, meaning “New Village”, though it’s spelling has been anglicized at some point. It has been a part of New York City since the late 1800s.
The game started under a hot summer sun, at 89F with little in the way of cloud cover. A light breeze at times as the only respite from the heat. The first quarter was scoreless, as neither team could do much offensively. Wagner, however, seemed to have the edge with the better kicking game. Both on the kickoffs and punts. Their punter booming kicks downfield with or without the wind at his back.
And that slight edge finally paid off for the Falcons when #10 ran it in from 16 yards out with 11:56 left on the clock (though not the official time as kept by the officiating crew). The run failed. Wagner scored again, with 6:02 left in the half, on a 10 yard pass to #9. The two-point attempt was good via pass, and upped their lead to two scores, 14-0 over a beleaguered New Dorp squad.
But, New Dorp got one good possession in the waning moments of the first half, thanks to a long pass to the 3 down the left side, and made it count with a 1 yard plunge up the middle by the QB on the last regulation play before the break. The PAT was a run to the right that was stuffed a half yard short.
In the third quarter, though, New Dorp got some momentum going aided by a long punt return, setting up another one yard run, by 28 again, hopping over the line as it spilled its way into the endzone. The pass attempt to the right side was good, and New Dorp evened the score, 14-14 with 8:52 on the clock.
Then a wild and crazy fourth quarter ensued. Wagner would immediately jump out to the lead with a 32 yard TD run by #10, and follow it up with him squaring the ball up right behind the line and running it up the middle. Taking a 22-14 lead. New Dorp would have its chances, but a fluid passing game stymied them most of their chances. However, a deep drive with under two minutes was stalled with a 4th down attempt. The pass was incomplete. And it looked like Wagner would hang on to win. But the first touch of the ball was fumbled by Wagner, recovered by New Dorp, for one more shot. And this time, the QB would do it with his feet, running six yards to pay dirt. The run was good for two, and New Dorp Cougars had clawed their way back to tie the game with 48 seconds on the clock.
Wagner, though, had a shot with some time and prayer. But a long pass to the right sideline was cut in front by a New Dorp defender for the interception. Giving the Cougars one last try to win it. But, that too ended when with 1 second remaining, Wagner intercepted the last play heave to the endzone.
In overtime, tied 22-22, New Dorp started first with a 10 yard pile-moving run up the middle. On a fresh set of downs, an 8 yard run set up the QB for one more TD run, a 2 yard plunge up the middle behind his wall of big men on the line. The run for two was good, and New Dorp took their first lead of the game, 30-22.
With Wagner getting the ball, a first down gained four yards. And second down was a short pass to the right shallow part of the field, and turned and ran it in for six. The two point attempt was a run to the left tackle, bottled up completely by the swarming New Dorp defensive front. Jubilation as New Dorp secured their first home win of the season, 30-28 in a hectic, memorable June afternoon overtime thriller.
SW — 0 – 14 – 0 – 8 – 6 — 28
ND — 0 – 6 – 8 – 8 – 8 — 30
SW 11:56 16 yard run (run failed)
SW 6:02 10 yard pass (pass good)
ND 0:00 1 yard run (run failed)
ND 8:52 1 yard run (pass good)
SW 11:35 32 yard run (run good)
ND 0:48 6 yard run (run good)
ND OT1 2 yard run (run good)
SW OT1 16 yard pass (run failed)
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