Talk about the stars aligning perfectly.
It was Homecoming Day for the East Hampton Bonackers, and enthusiastic fans were in a festive mood throughout a full day of activities.
The winless football team was scheduled to take on archrival Southampton under the lights. The famed "Hampton's Cup" awaited the trophy case of the winner for this, the oldest rivalry on the East End, dating back to the 1920s.
Enter Cortland Heneveld, stage left, because this was the night Bonac's underrated quarterback became a star. He opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run, set up by a 19-yard pass to Nick Pizzo on a fourth down play. After the visitors went three and out Brendan Hughes, who also had a monster game, ripped through the Mariners' defense for a 61 yard scamper to make it 14-0, and minutes later, after a Southampton drive stalled once again, Heneveld scored again, this time from six yards out.
Amazingly, Heneveld would score twice more before halftime, the last on a 44-yard run. It was 33-6, a blowout. The final was 47-14, and when it was over Heneveld had turned in one of the top performances of the week – 205 yards rushing to go with his four TDs.
Hughes added another touchdown and ended with 85 rushing yards. Danny Mckee electrified the large crowd with the final score of the night, a 70-yard interception return.
Bonac moved to 1-4 on the season in Division IV and kept the team's playoff hopes alive. Southampton fell to 1-3. East Hampton plays Mercy (0-5) Saturday at 1 PM.
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold continued its magical ride Saturday, crushing Stony Brook 33-0 to move to 5-0 in Division IV. The locals did it on the ground, through the air, and displayed a suffocating defense on the other side of the ball led by Jared Schenone.
Frank Sierra rushed for 137 yards and two scores, and star quarterback Matt Drinkwater went 12-24 for 191 yards and two scores. Gene Allen caught seven of the passes good for 110 yards and a score.
In other Division IV action Shoreham/Wading River (4-1) beat Hampton Bays (1-4) 45-14 Friday night as senior Tyler Anderson ran for a school-record 367 yards and three touchdowns.
Westhampton dropped to 2-3 in Division III, losing to Huntington (4-1) 35-13. The Hurricanes get Harborfields (0-5) at home Friday night. Riverhead, 4-1 in Division II, shut out Smithtown West 21-0. Whitman (1-4) comes east Saturday for a 2 PM kickoff against the surging Blue Waves.