By Rick Murphy
After taking a brief respite courtesy of Hurricane Sandy the Suffolk County High School football playoffs begin this weekend.
In Division III, Westhampton, the third seed, gets Comsewogue (6) at home Friday at 6 PM. The Hurricanes were 5-3 during the regular season; defending Long Island champion Sayville, undefeated this season, is the number one seed. The winner plays November 16 against either Kings Park or Huntington.
In the Division II, tournament Riverhead's grueling schedule earned the Blue Wave a number two seed. The locals will get Walt Whitman (4-4) at home Saturday afternoon on the North Fork at 1 PM. The Wave finished 6-2, and one of those losses came against undefeated West Islip, the number one seed. The two teams are on a collision course for a November 16 rematch.
East Hampton earned a berth on the Division IV playoffs with an upset over Mercy (6-2) in the season finale. That's the good news. The bad news is the Bonackers travel to Babylon Saturday for a 1 PM affair with the Panthers, who are 8-8 and have their sights set on a county title. The winner of the game will likely play Mount Sinai.
Mercy also made it in, but the loss to Bonac likely cost the Monarchs a home game – as it is, they come down Flanders Road Saturday to Hampton Bays for a 1 PM game. The Baymen were 6-2. The winner will face the survivor of the Stony Brook versus Shoreham Wading River game.