November 15, 2006

Hampton Cup Stays with Mariners Southampton Soars in 28-13 Win Over East Hampton

Independent / Jessica Mackin Southampton proved to be the champion of the Hamptons when it beat East Hampton 28-13 on Saturday in the first Hampton Cup match-up in 14 years. (click for larger version)
"We stressed how much this game was about the community and not about [the players]. We made them understand the history and how important [the game] was," said Southampton varsity head football coach Darren Phillips as he commented on the Mariners 28-13 win over East Hampton on Saturday afternoon at East Hampton High School.

"We brought the cup out the day before and showed it to them and told them about its history since we haven't played East Hampton since 1992. Both teams played hard and I'm really proud of the way our kids performed. It was good for the community to see us play again and it was a great way for our seniors to go out. We finished 5-4 and kept the cup. It was a really nice way to end the year."

Phillips was referring to the legendary Hampton Cup, an historic rivalry that dates back to the 1920s. Southampton defeated East Hampton in 1992, the last time the two teams met.

The Bonackers (1-8 overall) didn't waste much time with pre-game handshakes, moving the ball well on the contest's opening drive that was highlighted by a six-yard touchdown run from East Hampton's feature back Joe Quigley. Thomas Loncar's successful extra-point kick put the Bonackers in front 7-0.

Southampton responded by marching down the field on its first possession, punching the ball into the end zone courtesy of a three-yard scoot by Steven Andrews, followed by a successful extra point kick from Nick Epley, which tied the game at 7-7.

Both teams' defenses began to respond positively from that point on as the game remained deadlocked at 7 until the Mariners' (5-4 overall) final drive of the first half. With 13 seconds remaining and the ball on the Bonackers' 25-yard line, Southampton quarterback Zach Antilety showed why he was the top touchdown passer in Division IV this season when he found wide receiver Jason Halsey open in the back corner of the end zone. To his credit, Halsey's leaping, acrobatic catch was one for the highlight reels. It was Antilety's 15th touchdown pass of the season. A missed extra point kick saw the Mariners take a 13-7 lead into the locker room.

Southampton scored again midway through the third quarter after Antilety scrambled on a designed and well-executed quarterback sweep. He then proceeded to connect again with Halsey on the two-point conversion pass, increasing the Mariners lead to 21-7.

Southampton continued to run the ball effectively in the second half with Trumayne Smith scoring on a five-yard run on the Mariners' next possession to put the game out of reach at 28-7.

Southampton's Andrew Porrata had an interception late in the fourth quarter as Southampton inserted many of their second string players into the lineup. East Hampton quarterback Matt Brierley connected with wide receiver Zach Brenneman on a long 80-yard touchdown pass on the Bonackers final drive. East Hampton then followed with an unsuccessful onsides kick attempt and Southampton had the Hampton Cup securely in its grasp.

"It was a lot of fun," said Phillips. "It was a good game . . . it's too bad we can't play every year."

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