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Brawl Ends Southampton-Hampton Bays Game Early

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Brett Mauser   Sep 28, 2012 11:55 PM
Oct 2, 2012 10:58 AM

What was supposed to be a celebration of high school football in the Town of Southampton turned ugly under the lights on Friday night.

A brawl between members of the Hampton Bays and Southampton football teams resulted in seven player ejections and, ultimately, a premature end to the game midway through the second quarter, with the Baymen ahead 34-0.

It marred what was another dominant performance by the Hampton Bays football team, which improved to 4-0 on the season and has beaten opponents by an average of 26 points per game, and also outscored its last three opponents by a combined 124-21.

The win put Hampton Bays in third place in Division IV with 120.200 power points, behind Babylon (4-0, 125.200) and Mount Sinai (3-1, 125.000). The Mariners fell to 1-3 with 97.500 points, putting them in a tie for 10th out of 14 teams.

The Baymen celebrated with the Mayor’s Cup trophy after the game, the prize that goes to the winning team when the crosstown rivals face each other. The last time they played was in 2010, when Hampton Bays won 13-6 in Southampton. Before that, the Mariners had housed the trophy since 2005; the Baymen won it in 2004.

In the past, there was a long period of time when the Mariners dominated the matchup, routinely beating the Baymen in lopsided games and enjoying status as one of the top small schools programs in the county. But the tables have turned recently—the Baymen have been a playoff team in the past four years and are enjoying one of the best seasons in program history. Southampton, meanwhile, is going through one of its worst stretches: The Mariners didn’t win a single game last year, and, after beating Wyandanch is this year’s season opener, have suffered three consecutive losses by an average of 28 points.

Hampton Bays head coach Mike Oestreicher said he was disappointed that the brawl took away from what was a big win for his squad. Although most people did not expect the Baymen to have a hard time beating the Mariners, Oestreicher said that the rivalry between the two teams makes it an important game and a coveted victory, no matter what the records are.

Hampton Bays controlled the game from the opening kickoff, scoring two touchdowns in game’s first 74 seconds—a 58-yard scoring run by junior Taylor Catz and, after a fumble by Southampton on the ensuing kickoff, a 27-yard touchdown by Tracey Kennedy. Cody Nolan added a 10-yard touchdown run with 5:49 left in the first quarter, and the lead swelled to 27-0 when Catz ran back a punt 43 yards for another touchdown less than two minutes later.

On the first play of the second quarter, Kennedy scored on a 67-yard run to make the score 34-0. With an Alex Lane run, which ended up being the final play in the contest, the Baymen scored four touchdowns and racked up 319 yards of offense on just nine plays from scrimmage.

Friday night’s conflict took place when Southampton’s Shaundell Fishburne rushed for an 11-yard gain and was hit at or beyond the sideline and ridden out of bounds. The tackler, defensive back Catz, was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul for the hit.

According to eyewitness accounts, he stood up after the tackle and was pushed to the ground by players on the Southampton bench. Two Hampton Bays players came to the aid of their teammate, and it escalated the skirmish.

Oestreicher, who with members of his coaching staff raced from the opposite sideline to break up the scuffle, said that one of his players received repeated blows and kicks to the head. At least one crowd member left the stands and came onto the sideline.

“There was no restraint whatsoever,” Oestreicher said. “That melee was on the basis of an out-of-bounds tackle, which happens all the time in high school football. A 15-yard penalty was going to be assessed, which was fair. It was a good call. The rest of that, my guys had nothing to do with.”

Southampton head coach Edgar “Hikey” Franklin said the personal foul call was legitimate, going as far to call it a “cheap shot,” but expressed his remorse for his players’ actions in its wake.

“Shaundell ran a sweep to the outside, and he was about 10 yards out of bounds when the kid from Hampton Bays threw him to the ground,” Franklin said. “And then all hell broke loose, basically.

“… As a football player, I’m hurt, and as a coach, I’m embarrassed. This is a disgusting display of behavior, and as head coach that comes back on me. They took a cheap shot at us on the sidelines. There’s been tension between Southampton and Hampton Bays for the last few years, and the late hit on the sidelines led to [the brawl].”

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The Mayor's Trophy would be in Westhampton Beach every year if we were in Division IV.
By WHBinManhattan (47), Manhattan/Westhampton on Sep 29, 12 3:31 AM
The boys from HB would love the opportunity to come over beat the westhampton/eastquogue/quogue/east moriches/Remsenberg hurricanes!
By Guidooohhh (3), East moriches on Sep 29, 12 8:26 AM
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They tried that once a few years back, think it was 2008. Remember they painted graffiti on the press box and on the track at Westhampton Beach and then forfeited the game!
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Sep 29, 12 11:08 AM
yea, but youre not so whats the point in saying that
By hbmazz (1), East Moriches on Sep 29, 12 11:49 AM
never was proved that itwas Hampton Bays that did grafitti or West Hampton to cause forfeit!

By wabbit12 (3), southampton on Sep 29, 12 12:08 PM
Sorry your wrong. It was proved before the game was to be played that Friday night because students from Hampton Bays confessed to doing it and since some of those students were on the team they decided to forfeit the game. It was to be WHB Homecoming game.
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Sep 29, 12 12:48 PM
The roots of anger run deep.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 29, 12 6:44 AM
Baymen Rule!
By Born Here (26), HB on Sep 29, 12 6:59 AM
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It's time for people on all sides to get a grip on the differences between school pride and hatred. Love your school, but don't hate on another's.
By Born Here (26), HB on Sep 29, 12 7:14 AM
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By suppose 2 do (33), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 12 7:52 AM
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Hey Manhatten what a stupid statement. If i was 8 ft tall i'd be in the nba.
By fish sticks (29), hampton bays on Sep 29, 12 8:22 AM
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By suppose 2 do (33), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 12 9:03 AM
Congrats Hampton Bays! Lets keep it going.
By Talbot77 (51), southampton on Sep 29, 12 9:05 AM
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The students, parents and fans of Hampton Bays at the game should be proud of themselves for not responding to the rediculous situation brought on by the Southampton football team and their fans who were cheering over a brawl. Maybe the scoreboard created some sour grapes, but the head coach's classless comments after the game may be just as bad as the behavior on the field by his players. Part of being a coach is teaching responsibility by leading by example. He should acknowledge the fact that ...more
By Guidooohhh (3), East moriches on Sep 29, 12 10:18 AM
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Not true, a Hampton Bays student did jump from the stands and entered the playing field area. Should be suspended? Any one entering any playing field area should be at least, not let back on the property at any event if not arrested for trespass.
By BigOne (22), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 12 12:43 AM
Imagine seeing a player lying on the ground surrounded and being kicked and punched repeatedly as fans in the stands cheer on. Then imagine being a 13 year old boy seeing that being done to your brother. The Hampton bays student who ran onto the field didn't have to imagine the situation.
By Spread'nTheLove (2), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 12 8:15 AM
well said born here , fish sticks and guidooohhh fish sticks chk ur spelling re; nyc
By peggy k (2), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 12 10:52 AM
Newsday reported this morning the score of the game; 34-0. period. and that's what the record will show. So, was it all worth it ? After all the punches, and the suspensions, and the overflowing testosterone, it's still 34-0. Get over it.
By lazymedic (99), southampton on Sep 29, 12 11:11 AM
Hikey could not get his players on the bus fast enough--we all know that there could have been a final of 70-0--Mariner fans we have to hang in there --the boys are working hard--unfortunately a "few" unsportsman members" give the whole squad a bad name--DO THE RIGHT THING HIKEY__DISCIPLINE
By bmc (9), southampton on Sep 29, 12 11:19 AM
Baymen!!!!!
By patrick61 (11), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 12 11:21 AM
I like the part where the coach is going to appeal the ruling of the suspension. Another example of some dopey coach living his fantasy of winning the Super Bowl. High School Sports is about learning how to work hard, sportsmanship, and learning responsibility. The game of high school football has turned into soothing a coachs ego. If players are involved in the fight put your ego aside and let them sit out a game and learn fighting is not tolerated. The coachs need to grow up as much as the players.
By chief1 (1328), southampton on Sep 29, 12 11:23 AM
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27 EAST should have enough sense to end this blog at once. It can only add fuel to the fire and frankly does 27East need the readership that bad?
By rmartel (5), hampton bays on Sep 29, 12 11:29 AM
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Let's not say anything upsetting about anyone or thing, right? Let's not say anything about Mohammad because people might get upset. We should not be trading our right to free speech because people get upset and can’t control themselves in a civilized manner. Grow up both sides and thank your luck stars you don’t have to play a real team like Floyd
By Baloo (7), Remsenburg on Sep 29, 12 3:08 PM
There were plenty of video cameras there to show who was at fault. The hit was flagged and unfortunately when running for a tackle you cannot stop mid air if player steps out of bounds. The video shows not a cheap shot but a game of football. It happens. Sour grapes is what followed as the score board showed 34-0.
By wabbit12 (3), southampton on Sep 29, 12 12:15 PM
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So important to chase a pigskin around a field.
By btdt (281), water mill on Sep 29, 12 12:31 PM
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Anyone teaching good sportsmanship?
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 29, 12 2:04 PM
Yeah - tax payer dollars to fund this too. School districts - more books, less balls and helmets.
By double standard (1288), Remsenburg on Sep 30, 12 12:47 PM
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Can you imagine what a great country this would be if Parents. teachers, and students were this passionate about learning, morals, and ethics?
By chief1 (1328), southampton on Sep 29, 12 4:58 PM
Ditto to these thoughts.

The roots of anger run deep in the Village.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 29, 12 5:13 PM
Right on, Chief!!!
By double standard (1288), Remsenburg on Sep 30, 12 12:48 PM
As some of the dopier comments on this thread amply and aptly prove, people who live their life vicariously through sports really oughta get one .... a life, that is. When someone cannot distinguish between sports being an obsession and a diversion, they become irrational and rabid fanatics instead of merely impassioned fans. Their irrationality typically is in direct proportion to their level of subliteracy.
By Bruce the Blog (1), Westhampton Beach on Oct 12, 12 4:17 PM
Forgot to add: Great job by Mr. Moran and his staff. Thanks.
By Talbot77 (51), southampton on Sep 29, 12 6:15 PM
this is terrible news for the town police... now they might have to work security at games instead of 3 or 4 side jobs every night...
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 29, 12 10:43 PM
I can't believe people let their kids still play football with all that's come to light about concussions and head trauma.
By C Law (288), Water Mill on Sep 30, 12 4:02 AM
Looking at the scoreboard for the past few weeks and now this behavior against the backdrop of the investment that's been made in the athletics program, it would seem that our players are not ready to play football this year.

Time to reassess the merits of this program.
By M. O'Connor (145), Southampton on Sep 30, 12 8:36 AM
Bad behavior bottom line. What are we teaching our young people. They should be so passionate about their school work. They have no idea The competition the real world will bring them where temper tantrums and fighting will not be tolerated.
By realistic (254), westhampton on Sep 30, 12 9:19 AM
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By realistic (254), westhampton on Sep 30, 12 9:19 AM
Great, great. So we can't get through a high school football game without a brawl and some of the posts here are nothing more than chest pumping. I'm actually glad that so many put such a heavy emphasis on football because one day my kids will grow up and will be looking for employees.
By double standard (1288), Remsenburg on Sep 30, 12 12:44 PM
Amazing on Sept 22nd Hamptons Bays football game was under the lights and there was no problems. Great game great fans on both sides. UMMM,
By suppose 2 do (33), Hampton Bays on Sep 30, 12 2:27 PM
Y'know back in the day I played some ball myself. The only brawl our squad had in four years was at the end of the last game of freshman year. It was a heated rivalry, the game was dirty, and even Adam's ribs were "peachy purple". The clock ticked zero, the score was 0-0, and there was a bench clearer. Go figure.

Then again we were all freshmen, not upperclassmen. And, we finished every second of that game. I'm not saying we earned it, but after coach's lecture we never did it again. ...more
By Mr. Z (6249), North Sea on Sep 30, 12 4:50 PM
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Hampton Bays student did jump from the stands and entered the playing field area. Should be suspended? Any one entering any playing field area should be at least, not let back on the property at any event if not arrested for trespass.



By BigOne (22), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 12 12:45 AM
Same comment as replied to guidooohh above. Again, imagine seeing what was done to the Baymen player as fans cheered on, and imagine a 13 year old boy seeing that done to his brother. I witnessed the situation from the stands and was panicked for the child involved, he went out there not fully padded as all the players involved were. Brotherly love should be arrested? A little harsh?
By Spread'nTheLove (2), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 12 8:33 AM
This is HYSTERICAL!!!

The same people who BASH summer "non-locals," for their behavior have their children acting like animals. You all should be proud!
By MsRainbow (19), Southampton on Oct 3, 12 10:25 PM
Last comment before i move on. I really find it disgusting how people are making assumptions and generalizaitions about these children. Calling them animals etc... For the record, 3 of the captains from the HB team from the team 2 years ago have enlisted in the US military. One, shipped out on Tuesday to the Navy to become an electrical engineer after a year of college with straight A's. Another, training to become a Navy seal. So let me "assume" that these "animals" will mature in the next ...more
By Guidooohhh (3), East moriches on Oct 4, 12 11:43 AM
theres been many issues between southampton and hampton bays over the years and not just in football.... why continue having them play each other?
By Sour09 (13), Hampton Bays on Oct 8, 12 5:47 PM
It's called a rivalry. There is nothing wrog with a little competition between the schools. In fact we had a combined wrestling team about 25 years ago. Does anyone know/remember that? We got along just fine on the team.

Theres nothing wrong with the players just the idiots who want to enter the field and fight.
By 87Baymen (2), Lugoff,SC on Oct 9, 12 8:12 AM
Why are people so shocked when these things happen? Its like never in the history of high school sports has there ever been a fight on the field or on the court or in the parking lot. It happens. Is it right? No but they are kids, and kids do dumb stuff. Its not the first time and its not the last time. They will be punished, and life will go on. Hopefully they coach had them doing wind sprints until they puked at practice...but probably not, some parents might complain that the coach was ...more
By pstevens (397), Wilmington on Oct 9, 12 2:30 PM
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Since these teams can not play as adults, pass a new rule, after a few brawls-end football. maybe people will act human,not like animals!
By nurse (51), sag harbor on Oct 10, 12 6:09 PM
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