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Sep 12, 2017 10:57 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

'The Pat and Nic Show' Lead Hampton Bays Football To Season Opening Victory Over Greenport

Hampton Bays sophomore Quinn Smith is off to the end zone on a 51-yard touchdown run, giving his team its first lead of the night, one it wouldn't relinquish. DREW BUDD
Sep 12, 2017 11:18 AM

Call them “Shake and Bake,” or “Thunder and Lightning,” but whatever nicknames Nico Antieri and Quinn Smith go by this season, one thing is for sure, they are certainly the fuel to the Hampton Bays football team this season.

Antieri and Smith had huge second halves en route to leading the Baymen to a 27-14 victory at home over Greenport/Mattituck/Southold in what was the Division IV season opener for both teams on Friday night.

Antieri ran for 190 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown, while Smith finished with 141 yards on 13 carries and two scores.

For the record, Antieri and Smith prefer to be called “The Pat and Nic Show”—Pat is Smith’s middle name that his teammates call him, and Nic is short for Nico.

“We’re always hungry for the ball,” Antieri said, following the game. “We knew from the beginning we had this game. We’re usually a second half team to begin with. Everything came together like we wanted.”

It certainly did.

After trailing Greenport, 6-0, at halftime, Antieri put the Baymen on the board on a 17-yard run early in the third quarter. A few minutes later, after forcing the Porters to turn the ball over on downs, Smith broke through for a 53-yard touchdown run. Antieri barreled into the end zone for the two-point conversion and Hampton Bays held a 14-6 lead.

On Greenport’s ensuing drive, senior James Moscato broke the ball away from a ball carrier at midfield, allowing junior Josh Gembenski to recover the fumble. Smith went on to score from three yards out after a long run by Antieri to put Hampton Bays up, 20-6.

Following that score, Moscato forced another turnover, making a tremendous one-handed interception near the far sideline. The Baymen did not score on their following drive, but it was clear that they had taken over the game. Midway through the fourth, Antieri sealed the victory on a 48-yard touchdown run.

Hampton Bays head coach Rich Doulos said that after making a few tweaks here and there to the offensive game plan, going from more of a pass offense to a run offense, things started to turn in his team’s favor.

“We ran the ball great right up the middle, but we got away from it a little bit,” in the first half, he said. “Honestly, we were not very creative with the play calling. We just executed what we knew we could.”

“In my opinion, we should not have been down at halftime, but that’s the way it was,” Doulos added. “Give [Greenport] credit for doing what they did. Once we turned things around you can see the attitude, the confidence just go up, and I think it was because of the manner of how we did it, it was in like, four plays.”

While Doulos gave credit to Antieri and Smith for their runs, he also credited others. He noted that senior Jeremy Bradley had a number of key blocks that allowed Antieri and Smith to break free. Doulos also liked what he saw from sophomore quarterback Lucas Brown.

There seemed to be a different attitude on the sidelines in the season opener for the Baymen and Doulos said that may be due to a few new coaches that are in the fold. Doulos and Darryl Johnson are the only holdovers from last season. Sean Gil is a new physical education teacher in the district and is an assistant on varsity, while Bobby Sutton and Mike Lloyd are coaches on JV who also help out on varsity.

Doulos added that a number of seniors have returned to the sport after taking last year off and they have realized how much they missed being on the field.

“We have some senior leaders who are here now and they realize that we have to do it together,” he said. “I think tonight proved that.”

The next two weeks will be tough for Hampton Bays. It will play at Babylon this Friday night at 6 p.m. and then the Baymen return home to host Miller Place on Saturday, September 23, at 6 p.m. The following week, though, is the Mayor’s Cup game at Southampton on Thursday, September 28, at 7 p.m. The Baymen will be looking to retain the cup after winning it last season.

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