By Rick Murphy
For the most part it was a weekend of heartbreaking losses for the local teams, none more so than East Hampton.
Bonac, playing at Stony Brook Friday, came tantalizingly close to ending its two-year losing streak only to have victory snatched away in the waning moments of the game.
The locals stunned the Bears early, when Cortland Heneveld connected on a 75-yard bomb to Thomas Nelson, and clung to a 14-6 lead in the fourth quarter courtesy of a three-yard run by Peter Vaziri.
The Bears pulled out the old halfback option, with Don Liotine connecting with Tyler Hoegsberg on a 75-yard score. The two-point conversion – Liotine carried it in -- knotted the score.
With two minutes remaining Bonac went for the win. Alas, an errant Heneveld pass was intercepted by Austin Hulse, who took it to the house with an 80-yard return, giving the home team a hard fought 20-14 victory.
Liotine ran for 118 yards on 12 carries in addition to his touchdown toss.
East Hampton and Southampton renew what used to be a storied and spirited rivalry Saturday in East Hampton at 7 PM. It's Homecoming for Bonac, and what a perfect time indeed to get off the schneid.
Most pundits tabbed Riverhead as the team to beat in Division II and with good reason – The Blue Wave has a spectacular air attack, a punishing ground game, and an experienced defense. The Wave figured to handle West Islip easily on Saturday, but the underdog home team had its own idea.
The two teams were locked in a defensive struggle with the clock winding down. The Lions forced Riverhead to punt with 30 seconds left, and that's when things got interesting. James Murphy blocked the punt, and with four seconds left Zach Hagerman trotted onto the field to attempt something he'd never done before – kick a field goal, and damned if he didn't, from 40 yards, sending the dejected locals home with their first loss.
Dan Johnson had 143 rushing yard and a TD for Riverhead, and Ryan "Air" Blitzer hit Quinn Funn for a 27-yard score, but four turnovers and two missed field goal attempts doomed The Wave. Riverhead travels to North Babylon Saturday for a 2 PM tiff.
Hampton Bays is for real. A week after upsetting Glenn the Baymen annihilated Mattituck/Greenport et al on the loser's field 50-14.
Once again Hampton Bays unleashed an unstoppable running attack and the savvy quarterback Justin Carbone knew when to take it to the air -- he completed 4 of his 5 attempts for 95 yards, 1 TDs and a score – a 62-yard bomb to Taylor Catz.
Trey Kennedy led the rushing attack with 13 attempts for 132 yards and 2 scores. Cody Nolan added 84 yards and also scored twice.
The Baymen get Bayport/Blue Point at home Friday night. The North Forkers have a tough test in Babylon on the same evening.
Westhampton Beach was surprised by Harborfields Friday night 27-20 in a Division III game. The home team couldn't contain Andrew Widmer, who passed for two scores, one 70-yarder to Brian Corrigan. The locals couldn't hold onto a 20-7 halftime lead. Westhampton plays at Bellport Saturday afternoon.
Mercy rocked Southampton Saturday 35-13, on the Mariners' home turf, no less. Reggie Archer was all up in it, rolling for 203 yards on 20 attempts and adding a touchdown. Paolo Foscolo scored twice for the winners.