October 04, 2006
Eagles Soar at Bonackers' Expense
The East Hampton football team fell to 0-4 on the season when the Eagles scored 24 points in the second quarter after both teams ended the opening quarter with identical zeroes on the scoreboard.
There were few highlights for the Bonackers (0-4) as their playoff hopes all but slipped away on Saturday at Rocky Point High School although Nick Matheson's recovery of a Rocky Point fumble on East Hampton's 35-yard line in the second quarter was one of them.
Matheson, back from an injured hand, scooped up the ball and proceeded to run 65 yards to the end zone, cutting the Eagles lead to 16-6 shortly before Tom King caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Rocky Point (2-2 in Division III) quarterback Mike Kingston to increase the lead to 24-6, following a two-point conversion run late in the second quarter.
Bonackers safety Brent Davis made a highlight-reel worthy play in the first quarter after Rocky Point stormed down the field in search of its first points while on its opening drive. Davis intercepted a pass thrown by Kingston in the end zone, leaping to tip the ball before making the catch while falling down. East Hampton then made an impressive drive of its own before falling short when a field goal attempt from the seven-yard line went wide left.
Kingston didn't have to throw the ball much on Saturday but when he did, he was certainly effective, completing two of the three passes he attempted for touchdowns. Kingston also hauled in a six-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. He chose to run the ball to set up many of Rocky Point's scores as he carried the ball 19 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. "We had a tough time stopping their offense," said head coach David MacGarva.
Mike Russell scored East Hampton's other touchdown in the third quarter, only the Bonackers second offensive touchdown of the season, when he managed to elude defenders en route to a 48-yard scoot run to the end zone. Russell then proceeded to execute a successful two-point conversion run. Russell had an outstanding game running the ball 10 times for a career-high 127 yards against a tough Rocky Point defense. "He had a great day," MacGarva said.
Defensively, East Hampton was led by linebacker Jarred Bowe who had nine tackles to lead the Bonackers once again while defensive end Scott Slevinski recorded eight tackles. Defensive tackle Theo Marinescu added seven tackles and a fumble recovery.
East Hampton will look to gain its first victory of the season Friday night when MacGarva leads the Bonackers to Eastport to take on the Eastport/South Manor Sharks in a game the will take place under the lights, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastport/South Manor (0-4 this season) was ranked last among the 13 teams in Suffolk's Division III in a preseason poll and the Sharks have allowed a total of 155 points in their first four games (39 points per game).
With games remaining against Sayville (2-1 in Division III), Westhampton (2-2) and Harborfields (1-2), Friday's game against Eastport may very well be East Hampton's best opportunity for a victory, as well as an opportunity to showcase the Bonackers' offensive talent against a porous Sharks' defense.
"We're hoping that this is the game that our offense can step up," said MacGarva.