September 27, 2006

Big Win For Baymen

"I thought that the kids rebounded well from last week's defeat," said Hampton Bays head varsity football coach Mike Oestreicher as he commented on his team's workmanlike 34-0 win at Greenport last Thursday night. "They played well against a good opponent. We've had some success against Greenport in the past and [the Baymen] played with their hearts and it was important because it was a must-win game for us."

Hampton Bays (1-1 in Division IV) quarterback Andrew Raimo had a spectacular performance in his team's win, completing 5 of the 13 passes he attempted for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Raimo, whose passing yards were recorded nearly entirely in the first half, also rushed for 59 yards on five carries.

"Our quarterback had a good day and he made some excellent decisions with the ball in his hands," Oestreicher said. "The passes that he made and the reads that he made were tremendous. He may not have had the flashy statistics, but he played great. And we basically only ran the ball in the second half."

T.J. Besch (2 catches for 51 yards) and Nick Lynch (3 catches for 60 yards) were each recipients of Raimo touchdown passes with the latter coming with only three seconds remaining in the second quarter to give the Baymen a 20-0 lead after the teams played a scoreless opening quarter. "That was probably the backbreaker [for Greenport] right there," said Oestreicher.

Marco Gonzalez also looked impressive running the football, carrying it 15 times for 93 yards after missing the opening game of the season. Gonzalez found the end zone twice on Thursday with a one-yard plunge and a 48-yard scamper; both in the second quarter. Incredibly, both touchdowns were scored in a two-minute span. "It was a good statement game for him," Oestreicher said.

Luis Gracia scored the other touchdown for Hampton Bays (1-1 in Division IV) while playing defense when he intercepted a pass with a little less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter and returned it 87 yards for a score.

The Baymen's defense stood out all game with middle linebacker Zach Sanders recording 8 tackles and Gonzales added 9 from his linebacker position as Greenport slipped to 0-2. Lynch was a monster in Hampton Bays' relentless pass rush, recording 9 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble while playing defensive end.

"I was pleased. Anytime you can pitch a shutout, you're happy. The kids responded well and did what I was looking for them to do."

Up next for the Baymen will be a home game against visiting Bayport/Blue Point; a team that went 7-1 in 2005 but is 0-2 this season. "It's the right time for us," said Oestreicher.

"This is a game with the right circumstances that I think we can steal. It's homecoming and we should be in good shape."

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