Cougars Prep For Homecoming

The Cougars put it all on the field during a Sept. 27 game against Brentwood, which ended in a 32-7 win for Commack. Their homecoming is this weekend. (Photo by Bob Williams)

The Cougars put it all on the field during a Sept. 27 game against Brentwood, which ended in a 32-7 win for Commack. Their homecoming is this weekend. (Photo by Bob Williams)

With its current 2-4 record, the Commack High School varsity football team will enter its homecoming competition with Walt Whitman High School on Saturday. But the team is not quite “where we want to be,” said Coach Jeff DiLorenzo.

“But we are not far away from being a very good team,” he said. “We’re just making some careless mistakes, and we’ve had a lot of injuries this year, but the kids are playing hard.”

Most recently, the Cougars took a 21-14 loss to Sachem North on Oct. 17, just six days after a 28-14 loss to Lindenhurst.

The team’s strategy going into Saturday’s game involves developing a “balanced attack,” DiLorenzo said.

“I think we need to evolve a little bit and make sure we’re a little more balanced than we have been; to be a little less predictable,” he said. “And if we can do that, then we’ll be able to manage the clock a little bit better and have more ball management.”

Standout players so far this season include Augie Contressa, Tom Dugan, Mike Messinger and Ryan Salmon, according to DiLorenzo.

Contressa, a running back and wide receiver, has only played three and a half games this season after being out. In his first week back in the game last week, Contressa had what DiLorenzo estimated to be 30 carries – “a lot for high school” – and 168 yards in the touchdown.

Commack’s homecoming game against Whitman will kick off at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. The homecoming parade will take place at noon, following a 10:30 a.m. alumni football game.