October 25, 2006
Bonackers Look for Strong Finish
In what should be a classic battle between two South Fork rivals, the East Hampton varsity football team will look to improve upon its 1-5 record this Saturday when the Bonackers take on Westhampton at 2 p.m. at East Hampton High School.
"The kids will definitely be up for this one," noted East Hampton head coach David MacGarva when asked to comment on his team's next game (the Bonackers were on a bye week last week).
East Hampton has had its share of bad fortune this season, losing its first four games before winning a close 14-7 game against Eastport South Manor on October 7. The Bonackers' offense has had difficulty all season long putting points on the scoreboard, scoring a combined total of four touchdowns in 24 quarters this season although the emergence of running back Mikey Russell has helped improve East Hampton's ground game by considerable margins.
Russell, East Hampton's basketball phenom, has quickly developed into one of the top young (and exciting) players in Division III and he's a threat to score whenever he touches the ball, be it on a handoff from the quarterback or on special teams. Back Matt Behan has been solid all season, carrying the ball for the Bonackers while senior quarterback Matt Brierley continues to improve his reads and throws despite coming back from a serious injury.
The offensive line of Joe Santacroce, Matt Paul, Scott Slevinski, Mike Hernandez and Theo Marinescu pushed Eastport's front four all over the field in East Hampton's win earlier this season although they'll be hard pressed to repeat that task against a tough Hurricanes (3-3 in Division III) team that still has an outside chance at making the playoffs.
Westhampton, which was also off on the bye last week, lost to Kings Park 48-0 on October 14 and has dropped three of its last four contests after starting the season with wins over both Miller Place and Eastport South Manor.
Back Kyle Hubbard's steady north to south running coupled with the accurate passing of quarterback Chris Tagliavia has helped the Hurricanes move the ball effectively both on the ground and in the air this season as Westhampton's offense has averaged 19 points per game.
A win against the Hurricanes would certainly help carry East Hampton to another strong finish, much like last season, and it would also give the Bonackers added confidence in the team's season finale against Harborfields (2-4) on November 4.