By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Chester running back Mike Sannino has had a breakout year, already rushing for 12 touchdowns, tripling his total from last season.
Sannino hopes to continue his run to glory when Chester hosts Spackenkill in a Section 9 Class C showdown at 7 p.m. on Friday night. However, he will also pay close attention to Spackenkill’s devastating backfield combination of Dhyquem Lewinson and Nasir Milligan.
Sannino also plays defensive back for Chester (4-0, 1-0 Class C). Spackenkill is 3-1, 1-0 Class C.
“We know that Spackenkill has a special backfield,” Sannino said. “It’s a big game for us and we know we have to play our best to stop them. Starting 4-0 is great, but this will be our toughest test of the season. We just have to make sure we do a good job of tackling and take them down before they gain momentum.”
Friday’s game will likely be a preview of the Section 9 Class C championship, set for November 3rd at Faller Field. The two other teams in Class C, Onteora and Millbrook are winless. Spackenkill has won three games in a row since opening the season with a 22-21 to Liberty.
Chester has outscored opponents 170-41 with quarterback Joe Battiato throwing nine touchdowns.
“We told the kids after we took care of business with Millbrook last week that this is the first bout with Chester and there could be a rematch,” Spackenkill coach Clint DeSouza said. “This is Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather, I. Eventually will come Round 2. Chester is a great team and seems to be clicking right now.”
Lewinson, who is being recruited by Stony Brook, Syracuse and New Hampshire, and Milligan are a devastating 1-2 combo in the Spartans’ Double Wing-T offense. Lewinson has rushed for 728 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and Milligan has 643 yards and five scores. They combined for 377 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s 55-12 win over Millbrook.
“It’s going to be a clash of styles for sure,” DeSouza said. “They like to throw the ball around and have some athletes, and we like to pack the box. We will see what style comes out with the victory. Chester has done a good job this year and we know we have our hands full for sure.”