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Oct 14, 2014 3:20 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Baymen Need Two More Wins For Playoffs

Oct 15, 2014 10:32 AM

The mission for the Hampton Bays football team for the rest of the season is simple.

To qualify for the playoffs, the Baymen must win two of their last three games—the first a contest at Stony Brook (1-4, 12th place, 80.200 points) on Friday night at 7 p.m., the second, the team’s final game of the year, at rival Southampton (1-4, 10th place, 92.000 points) on October 30, at 6 p.m.

In between, the Baymen will try to knock off Babylon (3-2, fourth place, 116.000 points), at home on October 24 at 7 p.m., where a win wouldn’t be necessary but would certainly improve the team’s seeding in the postseason if it did win.

The good news for Hampton Bays is that, on paper, it is a better team than both Stony Brook and Southampton. But head coach Jeff Dorosky said on Monday that he wasn’t taking anything for granted, particularly coming off his team’s lackluster performance in a 30-8 home loss to Center Moriches on Saturday. The defeat dropped Hampton Bays to 2-3 on the year, putting the Baymen in eighth place with 98.200 power points. The top eight teams in the division make the playoffs. Center Moriches improved to 3-2, sitting in fifth with 108.200 points.

“We have to play at a higher level and execute,” Dorosky said. “We were disappointed overall with our performance on Saturday. Physically, we were fresh, but we just didn’t come out and match [Center Moriches’s] intensity.”

Hampton Bays only turned the ball over once, at the end of the game, but it was a failure to execute on offense that was the main problem on Saturday.

The Red Devils scored a 34-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead after the first quarter, but found the endzone twice in the second quarter to go up 17-0 at the half. Center Moriches added two more scores in the third before Hampton Bays finally got on the scoreboard on a one-yard touchdown run by Josue Monroy in the fourth quarter.

The game was delayed in the second half after running back/linebacker Travis Flynn was transported from the field by ambulance and later airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital after complaining of not feeling well after taking a hit in the first half. Flynn spent the night in the hospital and came home on Sunday after tests performed to determine if he had a concussion or head injury were negative. Dorosky said he was unsure how long Flynn would be on the sidelines, but said his well-being was at the forefront of his mind.

“The most important thing is for Travis to get healthy,” Dorosky said. “This week especially is a week where we can go without him and give him some extra time to rest up and heal.”

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