Behind a huge game from junior running back Ronnie Biglow, Long Island City High School football returned to its winning ways after routing Bryant, 41-14, in a PSAL A Conference tilt Sunday on Homecoming Day.
The Bulldogs (3-3) raced out to a 34-0 advantage in the first half and never looked back.
Biglow led the Long Island City offensive attack with a game-best 174 rushing yards and three touchdowns on five touches, including a 74-yard score.
Displaying humility, Biglow diverted the credit to his offensive linemen for his outstanding performance.
“I had the easy job,” Biglow said. “I could not have done it without my offensive line. These guys opened up the lanes for me and I just ran.”
Senior quarterback Zen Fuiaxis rushed for 21 yards and two touchdowns and completed two of four attempts for 39 yards. Sophomore Billy Fuiaxis, the signal caller’s brother, caught two passes for 39 yards in the victory.
Zen Fuiaxis said he could not ask for a better final regular season home game for himself and the rest of the seniors on the Bulldogs, adding that the electricity from the LIC football team and faithful was unmatched.
“It was a great team effort all around, but the most amazing thing was the energy between the players, coaches and fans,” Fuiaxis said. “We came out dominating from the opening whistle. It was a great final home game for us seniors”
Biglow also had a big defensive game, recording seven tackles, two for a loss, and three sacks. Senior Tyler Chapple made five stops and senior Ulices Coyotl Rivera had a tackle and an interception.
Chapple, one of the captains of the squad, said that the practices leading up to the game helped the Bulldogs win big, and the victory against the Owls (1-5) was an awesome way to conclude his regular season home game career on the Long Island City football team.
“Coaches preached excellence all week at practice,” Chapple said. “We came out and executed. I could not have asked for a better ending for my last game on this field. We have to get back on the grind this week for a huge game versus John Adams”
After a short celebration, LIC head coach Joseph Giardina said his boys and the rest of the coaching staff started to eye this Saturday’s matchup with host and rival John Adams, whom he praised, as it is well-coached as well as being 6-1 this year.
“I am so happy for our seniors. These young men worked so hard all season,” Giardina said. “For us to finish our home season with a win like that means the world to me. These guys came out from the opening whistle and never stopped playing. Everything clicked for us, the energy from the sidelines and from the fans to our execution. Right after the handshake line, I heard our captains talk about next week. Coach Rod and I already started watching John Adams. Coach Zuk (Seth Zuckerman) has a very good team over there. We need to be dialed in and focused all week to get the job done.”
— Jerry Del Priore