By Rick Murphy
The Riverhead Blue Waves begin their quest for a third straight Suffolk County Championship Saturday when Half Hollow Hills (4-4) comes to town at 1 PM.
The locals clinched top seed in Division II by besting Newfield, 21-8 in a hard-fought affair last Saturday.
Riverhead's All County tailback Jeremiah Cheatom was the difference – he rushed for 126 yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns. Quarterback Kenny Simco hit Ryan Hubbard for a 20-yard touchdown to ice the game.
Newfield, 5-3 on the season, also made the playoffs – the Wolverines play #4 seed West Islip (5-3) Saturday.
In Division III action Westhampton finished on a high note, beating Hauppauge (6-2) to finish 4-4 on the season. For some implausible reason, the Hurricanes were nevertheless kept out of the playoffs — entry is based on an arcane power rating system and the locals had the lowest ranking among four teams tied with 4-4 marks. Evan Gagne went out in style, rushing for 122 yards on only 15 carries and tallying two TDs, one a 29-yard romp. Hauppauge, the #5 seed in Division III, plays at Huntington Saturday.
Babylon finished 8-0 in Division IV by pummeling East Hampton, 49-7, earning the top seed. East Hampton finished at 3-5 but somehow qualified for the playoffs as the #8 seed though the Bonackers three wins came against arguably the three worst teams in the league, teams with a combined record of 3-21.
The joy will likely be short lived in Bubbyland, though – the locals "earned" another game against Babylon, which enjoyed a 42-0 second quarter advantage Saturday before calling off the dogs. East Hampton travels to Babylon Friday night – kickoff is 6 PM. Hampton Bays (2-6) was denied a possible playoff berth when school officials cancelled a game against Mattituck/Southold/Greenport Saturday.