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Finley Football-7 Goes 1-4-1

It was a tough season for the J. Taylor Finley Middle School seventh grade football team. The Falcons finished with a 1-4-1 record with the lone victory coming in the team’s first game.

The 28-player Falcon squad was captained by Luke Luckow (running back/linebacker), Christopher Wright (offensive and defensive lines) and Joey Ramos (running back/linebacker). Joey Garetano (quarterback) and Jack Stewart (quarterback/defensive back) were also among the top players.

“It was a very young team,” said head coach Phil Lowe, who was assisted by Julian Watts. “They were inexperienced skill-wise as a group. It’s a good nucleus of athletes. They developed as the season progressed.”

Lowe described Luckow as a “tough runner with good feet.” The seventh grader is also a “good tackler,” the coach said. Ramos proved to be “very tough tackler” who also “runs hard” out of the backfield, Lowe added.

Wright was “quick” on the line for Finley and a “tough tackler,” Lowe said. “He has good feet for a big man.” Garetano was a “good throwing” quarterback with a “field presence,” the coach added

Stewart also excelled. Lowe said the seventh grader “plays quarterback like a linebacker. He’s a tough runner.” Stewart is another player with a “field presence” and is still one more “tough tackler” on the Falcon team.

Finley topped Hauppauge on the road, 22-0 before losing its next four consecutive games. The Falcons dropped contests to East Northport (21-6), Candlewood (28-13), Northport (21-13) and Commack (16-8). Finley battled West Hollow to a 13-13 draw in the season’s final game.

The highlight of the season was the final game. “The team played well on both sides of the ball,” Lowe said. “We ran well, tackled well and blocked well.”

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