Most of the local teams compete in Suffolk's Division IV, and every team is looking up at Glenn, a legitimate powerhouse that has won two consecutive Long Island Championships in its division. On Friday, though, Hampton Bays, 4-6 in 2011, proved the Knights aren't invincible when they stunned the defending champions 21-20 -- on the loser's home field, no less.
Justin Carbone threw for one touchdown -- a six-yard strike to Justin Robinson -- and added 45 yards on nine carries on the ground. Trey Kennedy ran for 80 yards and a score, and Cody Nolan added 71 on 10 carries. It was the Baymen defense that stifled Glenn's potent offense that deserved the most accolades, though . . . Credit Alex Lane and Ryan Cavanaugh, who combined for 14 tackles. Cavanaugh also picked off an errant Matt Shanerman pass to quash a Glenn drive.
East Hampton, after getting hammered by similar-sized schools, moved down to Division IV, to compete against primarily smaller classification schools. Alas, the results were the same – on Friday Babylon crushed the locals 44-7. Peter Vaziri scored the lone touchdown on a pass from Cortland Heneveld in the second quarter. It was the only pass Bonac completed on the day.
The locals travel to Stony Brook Friday night for a 7:30 game. Babylon was a solid 8-3 last season. East Hampton was 0-8.
The Westhampton Hurricanes traveled to Comsewogue last Friday in a Division III contest and came away with a 21-12 victory. Veteran quarterback Jack Murphy was coolly efficient. Completing 8 of 11 for 145 yards. Brian Culhane caught a 62-yard touchdown pass, and the Hurricanes four-pronged running attack totaled 165 yards. Eric Gagne had 96 on 17 carries and added a touchdown.
The Hurricanes play their home opener Friday at 6:30 PM when Harborfields comes to the village. The locals have their sights set on the Sayville Golden Flashes, last season's Cinderella team that earned the overall Long Island Championship. Sayville crushed Bellport 49-13 Saturday.
In other action, Mercy got past Center Moriches 20-12 and Southampton bested Wyandanch 21-14. Lyle Smith scored all three touchdowns for the Mariners, including a three-yard fourth quarter plunge that clinched the game.
Mattituck/Southold/Greenport Shelter Island lost its opener at Stony Brook 38-21. The Tuckers get a tough home opener Friday at 7 PM when Hampton Bays rolls in.
Also this week Southampton travels to McGann/Mercy Saturday for a 1:30 PM tiff; and Riverhead travels to West Islip the same day for a 9 AM affair.
The Blue Wave, competing in the cutthroat Division II, made an early statement last Saturday, pasting West Babylon 42-0. Ryan "Air" Blitzer was at it again, throwing for two scores and running for another. Jeremiah Cheatom, the next great Riverhead running back, bulled his way for 163 yards in only 11 carries, including a 62-yard first quarter touchdown scamper.
Glenn still figures to be the team to beat in Conference IV though Hampton Bays must now be considered a contender. Babylon will look for quarterback Nick Santorelli to get the ball to a pair of excellent wideouts, Jake Carlock and Ray Wardell. Tyler Anderson, a standout on both sides of the ball, leads Shoreham/Wading River as the Wildcats look to improve on last season's 6-3 mark. East Hampton, with Heneveld still only a junior, should find the new league more competitive and the bus rides more accommodating.