It didn't take the Hampton Bays Baymen long to start another streak. A week after being dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten, Hampton Bays rebounded in a big way, jumping to a 47-0 halftime lead in route to a 54-0 thumping over Wyandanch Saturday.
Taylor Catz had a big day on both sides of the ball, running for one score and twice returning punts to the house. Justin Carbone and Trey Kennedy also scored for the winners, who improved to 6-1 on the season. Wyandanch is 2-5. Carbone also threw for a score.
Saturday is a critical day for the locals: Mount Sinai, also 6-1, comes east for a 2 PM matchup, and has a better power rating, 136.45, than Hampton Bays, 122.27. Both teams will make the playoffs, but the power ratings will be used to determine seeding in the division IV playoffs. Mt. Sinai beat Bayport/Blue Point 41-6 last Saturday.
Mercy is perhaps the surprise team in the league, moving to 6-1 last Friday by besting Stony Brook 27-14 on the losers' field. It wasn't as close as it looks – the Monarchs opened up a 27-0 lead after three stanzas. Asaiah Wilson went 5 for 7 for 114 yards and threw for two TDs, and Reggie Archer did it on the ground to the tune of 162 yards and a touch. East Hampton will play at Mercy Friday evening at 7 PM.
The Bonackers were no match for Glenn, falling 41-7 at the winners' field. Glenn improved to 3-4 and kept its playoff hopes alive. Bonac, with a 2-5 mark, needs to upend Mercy to keep its slim hopes alive.
In other division IV Center Moriches (1-6) bested winless Greenport/Southold 21-14; both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention.
In Division II action Westhampton came up flat in a major test against West Islip, falling 34-0 Saturday at Miller Place. The Hurricanes dropped to 4-3 but sit fourth in the power rankings going into next week's regular season finale Friday at Eastport. Miller Place is 6-1, second only to mighty Sayville (7-0) in the division.
In Division II Riverhead traveled to Smithtown West Friday and came home with a 23-16 victory and a playoff berth. Jeremiah Cheatom ran wild, going off for 256 yards and two TDs, including a 33-run fourth quarter blast that proved the game breaker. The Wave are 5-2 and get Whitman (3-4) at home Saturday at 2 PM.