October 18, 2006
Mariners Push Towards Playoffs
Southampton Wins At Stony Brook
Just one year removed from an overtime loss in the Division IV championship game the Southampton varsity football team knows that only one word will help a team continue in its quest to get back to the postseason. And the word is . . . "Win."
The Mariners rebounded from a tough 30-9 loss at the hands of first place Babylon in week four, defeating Stony Brook 30-14 on Friday night at Stony Brook High School. Led by the spectacular passing of star quarterback Zach Antilety, Southampton utilized its aerial attack combined with an effective running game to build a 23-0 lead in the fourth quarter. Facing arguably the best Bears (3-2 in Division IV) team in Stony Brook football history, the Mariners were never challenged.
"We were in control the whole game . . . there was never any doubt," said Mariners head coach Darren Phillips. "We did a great job defensively. We know that we have to win them all now if we want to make the playoffs."
Antilety, one of the top pocket passers on Long Island, completed nine of the 13 passes that he attempted on Friday night, accumulating 117 yards. His two touchdown passes gave him a Division IV-leading nine scoring passes this season. Antilety orchestrated the Mariners (2-3 in Division IV) scoring drive on the first possession of the game, finding Troy Pender for a 10-yard touchdown strike. Southampton had started the drive on its own 30-yard line.
"When [Antilety] has the time, he can pick apart any defense and we were able to [give him the time] on Friday night. We were also able to run the football," said Phillips.
The strong leg of Mariners kicker Nick Epley increased Southampton's lead to 10-0. Shortly before halftime he connected with a booming 26-yard field goal that split the uprights.
Steven Andrews (8 carries for 40 yards) broke several tackles on his way to a 23-yard run to the end zone in the third quarter, increasing the Mariners lead to 17-0 after another Epley PAT. Southampton put the game away early in the fourth quarter when Antilety hooked up with Kevin Mockler on a 23-yard touchdown pass.
"I thought that we did a much better job as far as not turning the ball over," Phillips said. "And we set the tone that first possession."
Adam McElrath, a junior lineman, had 2 sacks and 8 tackles and teammate Julius Anglickas, a sophomore defensive end, recorded two sacks. "Those guys up front controlled the line of scrimmage and that was a big key," Phillips said. Chris Fisher and Pat Newcombe, Southampton's other starting linemen each had a sack as the Mariners front four combined for a season-high 8 sacks on Friday night. "We were able to get a lot of pressure [on the quarterback] and we also stopped the run," said Phillips.
"[Linebackers] Kevin Mockler, Brendan Lenihan and Sean Dillon all did great jobs shutting down the run."
Sean Dillon ran the ball effectively for Southampton throughout the game on Friday night, totaling 91 yards and Trumaine Smith broke off several strong runs in the second half.
"That's really what we strive for . . . to be able to run the ball and pass the ball" equally well, said Phillips. "Our line is finally starting to do a better job at understanding who they're blocking . . . hopefully we can continue. If our defense continues to play physical and we don't turn the ball over, I think that we can beat anybody."
Southampton plays at home against Mt. Sinai on Friday at 7 p.m.
"It's homecoming week. I think that playing in front of our home fans the adrenalin will be high and the kids will be pumped up."