"It is the best feeling in the world," sweeper Camden Reiley said. "It is school history and we have waited 42 years to bring it home and I could not be happier for the school and for the group of guys who did it with me."
Reiley scored in the 26th minute, drilling a direct kick from about 40 yards away into the upper, far corner.
Plainedge supt. rips decision: Superintendent Ed Salina went on the offensive Thursday, post- ing to the Plainedge district website that the one-game suspension handed down on football coach Rob Shaver by a Section 8 committee was the work of a "kangaroo court."
Salina was reacting to a six-person committee's unanimous decision to discipline the coach under Section 8's policy on lopsided scores, the first such application of the rule created in 2016. Plainedge beat Rockville Centre South Side 61-13 last weekend in a matchup of state-ranked, 6-0 football teams.
"I am all for treating everyone justly, but it is my opinion that Coach Shaver was 'done wrong' by this group of self-professed experts on sportsmanship," Salina wrote in the lengthy letter, lauding the 23rd-year coach as "an incredible person, teacher and coach."
The sectional rule requires coaches to explain in writing any victory by more than 42 points. The committee felt Shaver left his starters in too long after taking a 35-point lead into the fourth quarter.
"Who said they are experts on sportsmanship?" Salina wrote. "Who appointed these people to run this kangaroo court, being the judge, jury, and executioners?
The committee consists of two administrators that oversee athletics in the county, three athletic directors and another football coach.
Said Jericho Superintendent Hank Grishman, chair of the superintendents board that oversees the section: "These are well respected members of the athletic council and the athletic community, and I would not for a minute question their background, their experience, their commitment to kids and their commitment to athletics."
Retire Manhasset Superintendent Charlie Cardillo, who helped create the rule, said the policy limits blowouts and encourage coaches to spread playing time around in mismatches.
The spirit of the policy, whether people support it or not, was because there was a tremendous amount of blowouts taking place and we're in the school education business," he said.
The Nassau rule is believed to be unique in New York, and few other leagues or associations around the country have similar policies.
"Connecticut tried it and realized it was a failed model and eliminated the rule," Salina said.
Football schedule: Steve Grandin has pulled together the scores and schedules thus far for NYSPHSAA and CHSFL postseason action.