The Hampton Bays football team put in about as dominant a performance as a team can on Saturday afternoon at home, crushing Wyandanch (2-5), 54-0, to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Head coach Mike Oestreicher was, of course, happy with the way his team played, and while he didn’t expect his team to have trouble beating the Warriors, he admitted that he thought it would take a little longer for the game to get out of hand. The Baymen, however, wasted no time taking a commanding lead, and the Warriors made enough mistakes to allow it to happen quickly.
Bayman quarterback Justin Carbone scored on a 36-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the game to give his team a 6-0 lead after a failed extra-point kick, and Taylor Catz followed with a 33-yard run to put Hampton Bays up, 12-0, after the two-point conversion failed. It was one of three touchdowns on the day for Catz, who also returned two punts for scores, one on a 60-yard run, the other on a 56-yard run. Catz nearly had three punt returns for touchdowns on the day—he made it all the way to the three-yard line on another attempt.
A 32-yard interception return by offensive tackle Lukasz Sokol, followed by a successful extra point attempt, put the Baymen up, 19-0, and Catz’s first punt return, followed by a failed conversion attempt, gave Hampton Bays a 25-0 first quarter lead. The Baymen piled on 22 more points in the second quarter, with touchdowns from Catz, Justin Robinson and Tracey Kennedy, to go up, 47-0, at the half, and added their final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a seven-yard run by Ryan Murphy.
On defense, Sokol led the team with the interception and two sacks, while Cody Nolan and Catz also had interceptions. Devin Havens caused a fumble, which led to Catz’s 33-yard touchdown, and Alex Lane added a sack.
“I thought our guys played up to what was expected of them,” Oestreicher said. “It was definitely easier than we thought. We never really even got our offense going because we were never on the field long enough. I don’t know if we ran 10 plays in the first half.”
The Baymen will be in for a totally different experience on Saturday when they host second-place Mount Sinai in the regular season finale. The Mustangs are 6-1 with their only loss coming to first-place Babylon in a 22-16 game. Mount Sinai features a potent running game with twin brothers Mark and Mike D’Onaddio, who Oestreicher said are probably the two best backs in the county.
“I expect them to be really, really good,” he said. “We have to figure out how to slow down their run game and establish ours against them.”
Oestreicher said his team is in a better state going into this game than it was going into its loss to Babylon two weeks ago, when several players were hurt or nursing injuries. Oestreicher said the game with Mount Sinai will be a test to see if his team belongs in the discussion to be among the elite, which so far this season has included Babylon and Mount Sinai.
The game could have playoff implications as well. Oestreicher said his team will earn either the fourth or fifth seed in the Division IV playoffs, and a win over Mount Sinai could lead to getting that fourth seed and a home playoff game. A loss could mean that the Baymen will have to go on the road as the fifth seed. Regardless, Oestreicher said he expects his squad to face Mercy (6-1) in the first round, it will just depend on whether the game will be in Hampton Bays or Riverhead. Mercy is having a good year, with its only loss coming to third-place Shoreham/Wading River in a 35-0 game, but has played a weaker schedule than most teams with similar records.