By Janee Law
Cold Spring Harbor scored early and didn’t look back Friday, when it defeated Locust Valley, 27-7.
Senior quarterback Teddy Bentley connected with junior wide receiver Casey Reynolds for a 21-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to put the Seahawks up early. Senior kicker Eli Gordon added the extra point.
And they didn’t look back from there.
“We had a lot of guys getting to the ball, we had a lot of guys making tackles, and defensively, they stayed focused and stuck to their assignment,” coach Jon Mendreski said. “They played well.”
Mendreski attributes the 20-point win to preparation, watching film and staying focused in practice.
“When game time comes and we play assignment football and each guy is doing their job, we make fewer mistakes,” he said.
The Seahawks forced four Locust Valley turnovers, including a fumble on a kickoff that was recovered by sophomore running back Richie Striano. The turnover led to a touchdown.
Senior full back Sebastian Sandler gained 30 years on the day, including a 2-yard touchdown run. Senior running back Connor Cassidy rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries.
Junior quarterback Ray Costa also threw a 2-yard touchdown pass.
Mendreski said that Bentley had a great game, finishing 5-of-7 for 52 yards and a touchdown.
“He played tough and made some good throws,” Mendreski said. “He plays with high energy, the guys love him.”
This is Bentley’s first year playing varsity football, Mendreski added.
“He stepped up as a leader pretty early on, he accepted the role as quarterback and he just has fun,” Mendreski said.
Placed in the Nassau IV Conference, the Seahawks hold a 2-0 record and are showing a lot of energy this season, Mendreski said.
“They’re ready to play in practice every day,” he said. “They come into the games and their excitement level is off the charts.”
The Seahawks are scheduled to travel to North Shore to face the Vikings on Saturday, 2 p.m.
“Right now, we’re going to take it one game at a time,” Mendreski said. “We’ll prepare each week for everybody we see and hopefully we get to play some extra football in November.”