NORTHPORT, New York, November 13
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
For the Northport High School football, scoring has been an issue all throughout the 2014 season. Every game where the Tigers (5-4) scored less than two touchdowns resulted in a Northport loss.
On Saturday, when No. 6 Northport made the trip to No. 3 Sachem East (8-1) the storyline remained the same; the Tigers fell 13-10 and were eliminated from the Suffolk County Division I playoffs.
Despite the setback, it doesn’t mean the Tigers rolled over and died; in fact, they kept the game more than competitive for the entirety of its 48 minutes.
In the second quarter, Northport drew first blood off a James Gerdvil touchdown to pull ahead 7-0. The Tigers would take that lead into the half, but Gerdvil’s day would come to an end early in the third quarter as he left the game with an ankle injury; he finished with 92 yards rushing on 13 carries.
From there, the Tigers just couldn’t hold off the Flaming Arrows as they put up 13 points – including a game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter that proved to be the dagger in the back of Northport’s season.
While the loss undoubtedly stings, the Tigers have plenty to be proud of.
A team dominated by seniors – more than half of the team was made up of soon-to-be graduates – the Tigers were led by Gerdvil, a senior fullback, who had multiple games this season with at least 100 yards rushing and touchdown. Senior quarterback Trevor Fox and senior wide receiver Cole Quartrup also played big roles for the Tigers throughout the season.
But that’s not to say Northport’s young bucks didn’t show promise.
Quarterback Andrew Smith, a junior, had some big games for Northport – including a 120-yards-passing and 2-touchdown performance against Patchogue-Medford on Sept. 13. A junior fullback, Rob Dosch had possibly his best game on Oct. 11 against Bay Shore when he rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown. Frank Stola, a sophomore, is listed as a running back on the team’s roster, but typically found himself involved in the Tigers offense as a receiver throughout the season.
Looking forward to next year, the Tigers will hope to reload with some new faces as the team brings back the 24 sophomores and juniors it rostered in 2014.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, November 13, 2014; A26)