September 13, 2006

Bonackers Hang Tough in Season Opening Loss

"Our team played tough," said East Hampton varsity head football coach David MacGarva as he commented on his team's gutsy performance Saturday in a 12-0 loss to an underrated #9 ranked Amityville team at East Hampton High School. "We had our opportunities . . . we had the ball four times inside their [Amityville's] 30-yard line. We just made some mistakes."

The Bonackers, ranked 11 out of the 13 teams in Suffolk County's Division III, went down 6-0 in the first quarter after quarterback Dennis McDonough found receiver Raymond Jones for a 15-yard scoring strike although East Hampton was able to thwart the two-point pass attempt. Jones found the end zone again on a 12-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter, again delivered by McDonough as the Bonackers' tough defense stuffed the Warriors' two-point run attempt.

"We started the season a week earlier than most teams, so this is kind of like our second scrimmage," MacGarva said. "Amityville is a good team. and I wouldn't be surprised if they made the playoffs. We played them tough and our kids worked hard the whole game. Our team really played tough football on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately, we just didn't score."

East Hampton's sophomore linebacker Jarred Bowe had a great game on defense, recording a game-high 12 tackles and he also made a highlight-reel catch on offense, connecting with Bonackers' quarterback Heath Heneveld on a 48-yard pass reception; dragging a pair of Amityville defenders 10 yards before being brought down.

Heneveld, a senior, passed for 108 yards. "Heath played very well," said MacGarva. "He made some nice throws and he showed how tough he is by hanging in there and taking some tough shots by their [Amityville's] defense."

Running back Mikey Russell was, at times, a human video game on the Bonackers field, juking his way to an impressive first down run on a fourth-down fake punt run and finishing with 47 yards on only five carries, causing East Hampton's fans to loudly cheer for the basketball prodigy who decided to add football to his work load this fall. "Mikey played unbelievable," MacGarva said. "He showed some great moves, it was exciting." Running back Joe Quigley was East Hampton's leading rusher.

The Bonackers once had the ball on Amityville's 5-yard line only to throw an incomplete pass on 4th and goal due to the Warriors' strong pass rush against their young offensive line.

Defensively, East Hampton had an interception by defensive back Brent Davis and a fumble recovery by Quigley, who also played linebacker.

The Bonackers travel to Miller Place this Saturday afternoon and they're already familiar with the wing offense that the #10 ranked Panthers run. Miller Place features a rock solid defense and one of the premier kickers in Suffolk County in senior Herb Glass. "Miller place is always tough, but I think we match up well," said MacGarva.

"Our kids played really tough . . . they're a great group of kids and they're getting better each game."

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