Blue Devils Rally Late To Topple Amityville, 27-12
The Huntington High School football team rallied for 20 unanswered fourth-quarter points to come from behind and topple visiting Amityville 27-12 Saturday on Homecoming Day at Blue Devil Field.
Amityville (1-2) led early, 6-0, before the teams traded touchdowns. Trailing 12-7 in the final frame, Huntington staged a stunning comeback that electrified the crowd of 1,700. A series of pass completions, long runs and rugged defensive play overwhelmed the Warriors and sent fans home happy.
“While we definitely struggled at times, everything finally clicked in the fourth quarter,” Blue Devil head coach Steve Muller said.
Huntington has won all three of its games this fall, but it has also endured stretches of uneven play in each of the contests. Amityville managed to keep the Blue Devils off balance for long stretches and penalties and turnovers proved costly, too.
Huntington (3-0) regained the lead at 13-12 when quarterback Ben Kocis hit wide receiver Christian Jamison with a fade pass in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown with 5:40 remaining in the game. A 2-point conversion attempt failed, but the Blue Devils were on their way.
Less than four minutes later, Kocis found wide receiver Infinite Tucker open for a 51-yard strike. The play brought the ball down to Amityville’s four yard line. Kocis took it into the end zone on the next play and Justyn Tesoriero kicked the extra point to give Huntington a 20-12 lead with 1:40 left to play. But, the Blue Devils weren’t quite finished yet.
Tucker intercepted a pass on the Amityville 47-yard-line to give Huntington one more chance to score. Kocis took the snap and handed-off to Levar Butts (9 carries for 84 yards) who raced 31 yards untouched into the end zone for the game’s final touchdown with about 45 seconds remaining.
“In the fourth quarter, I couldn’t stop thinking that they were going to score and then I would have to drive down to score,” Kocis said. “It was very nerve-racking and truly a horrible feeling. We’re all a family and in the fourth quarter we pulled it together and ended up making a couple big plays leading to our victory.”
Kocis was 21-for-28 passing for 277 yards and a touchdown. The senior also rushed for two touchdowns. Jamison caught nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. Tucker had six receptions for 118 yards.
Huntington’s Troy Greene turned in another gutsy performance on both sides of the ball. The senior rushed seven times for 72 yards, threw some devastating blocks and had seven tackles, one assist, one for a loss, a sack and an interception.
Huntington’s defense again showed its prowess. Butts led the unit with 12 tackles, including two for a loss and a pass deflection. Christian Gonzalez added 6 tackles and an assist. Jimmie Nelson had 5 tackles, including one for a loss and an assist. Jamison made 6 tackles, including one for a loss and assisted on another. Keegan Reilly had 2 pass deflections and 3 tackles.
Tucker’s afternoon also included some heroic defensive play. The sophomore recorded 9 tackles, 2 assists, a pass deflection and an interception.
“Infinite is playing really well for us right now,” Muller said. “He’s been essential to our success.”
Prior to the game, hundreds marched in a noon parade through the village and up New York Avenue. Kocis and Cynthia Gowani were crowed homecoming king and queen.
The Class of 2015 won the float competition, themed “countries of the world,” with their masterpiece focused on ancient China, complete with a huge dragon.
“This was a day to celebrate and take pride in being part of the Huntington school community,” Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “Under bright blue skies, parade participation was unparalleled with outstanding representation from every district school. The high school floats, which served as parade centerpieces, were magnificent. The day was capped off by a Blue Devil football victory over Amityville. Again, simply a great day in all regards.”
Huntington will host Sayville (2-1) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.