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Hurricane Football Stuns Miller Place With 19-14 Victory In County Semifinal

Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Drew Budd   Nov 17, 2012 5:01 PM
Nov 19, 2012 10:44 AM

The Westhampton Beach football team showed on Saturday why revenge can sometimes be sweet.

The Hurricanes avenged their worst loss of the regular season—a 34-0 drubbing at Miller Place on October 20–with a 19-14 victory on the same Miller Place field, only this time it came in the Suffolk County Division III semifinals. It is the first time in school history that Westhampton Beach has made it to back-to-back county finals.

The Hurricanes will face top-seeded and undefeated Sayville for the championship on Sunday, November 25, at Stony Brook University at 3 p.m. There is a $6 admission fee. Sayville defeated Huntington, 41-14, on Saturday to advance to the finals.

Second-seeded Miller Place was not only favored to win on Saturday based solely on its victory over third-seeded Westhampton Beach from earlier in the season. The Panthers physically outmatch the Hurricanes at almost every position on the field. But Westhampton Beach head coach Bill Parry said his players come to play every week.

“Every single week, you think we’re going to fold, and every single week these kids battle,” he said. “We were physically outmatched again and they battled.

“Honestly, I think [Miller Place] just decided they were going to run the same plays they ran as the first time because they beat us up,” he continued. “And I think they were looking a little bit past us. Our coaching staff did an outstanding job preparing on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.”

Westhampton Beach saw a 13-7 lead at halftime vanish with 1:08 remaining in the third quarter. Miller Place senior Adin Greenfield took a direct snap 38 yards for a touchdown, and after senior Jan Schoonen’s extra point was good, the Panthers led 14-13.

Then, Miller Place surprisingly went for an onside kick, which it recovered on Westhampton Beach’s 40-yard line. The Panthers, though, were stopped on 4th and 1 when senior Hurricane Brian Corrigan tackled Greenfield in the backfield for a loss and the Canes took over on downs.

Westhampton Beach then went on a lengthy drive to score the go-ahead touchdown. A 9-yard run by junior Evan Gagne setup senior quarterback Jack Murphy, who ran the ball 14 yards for a touchdown on what was the 14th play of the drive. A two-point conversion attempt failed, but the Canes held a 19-14 lead with 4:18 remaining in the game.

Miller Place was initially able to move the ball down the field on its next drive, but it eventually faced a 4th and 11 on the Canes’ 14-yard line with 20 seconds remaining in the game. On the 15th play of the drive, Corrigan pressured Miller Place senior quarterback Ryan Gray, who was able to get the ball out before getting sacked, but it fell incomplete. The Hurricane’s defense stormed off the field and the offense came on to run two kneel-downs to run out the clock and win the game.

Many of the Canes were looking to avenge their loss from earlier in the season. “Beating a big team like this is something else,” Murphy said. “This doesn’t feel like last year at all. Coming back from that 34-0 loss to kickin’ their butt … it’s pretty awesome.”

Westhampton Beach was missing eight starters and four two-way players in the loss to the Panthers earlier in the season. Senior Brian Culhane was one of those two-way starters who missed time but was able to get back at Miller Place.

“Losing to them, 34-0, and having them beat up on our quarterback and to try and hurt our players, really motivated us to really stick it to them on their home field in the playoffs,” he said.

Corrigan said more motivation came simply from it possibly being the seniors’ final organized football game of their lives. “From the beginning of the season, this was our goal, to get to the semifinals and win and get back to where we were last year,” he said. “We fought today. We knew if we stuck to our game plan and played a physical game, we were going to get this win.”

Parry said the key was slowing the game down and keeping the ball out of the hands of a Miller Place offense that averaged almost 33 points per game this season. To do that, the Hurricanes used a balanced attack on offense that converted eight of 11 third downs on Saturday.

The Hurricanes came out of the gates quickly and scored on the first drive of the game when Murphy connected with Corrigan on a 4-yard pass in the end zone with 5:21 remaining in the first quarter. Senior Peter Broccoli’s extra point made it 7-0.

But Miller Place answered back. Greenfield was able to gain 56 yards on a run play that could have been called back on a holding penalty that was never called. He eventually scored from 4 yards out and the extra point tied the game at 7-7.

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GO CANES!!!! Great job!
By just breath (82), yuck on Nov 17, 12 6:40 PM
There should be so much excitement about the academic performance of the students.
By realistic (250), westhampton on Nov 17, 12 8:30 PM
Yes, no question, what a mistake writing about this huge huge victory instead of the real story/page turner, the academic performance of the students. Please. They're student-athletes and this is one whale of an athletic achievement.
By bmauser (1), Southampton on Nov 17, 12 11:10 PM
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If it makes you feel better, a number of the key players also happen to be the top academic students in the school. The reality is this was an amazing win, and sportsmanship, teamwork, grit, and the ability to compete against the odds is just a important for life skills as the A in Biology.
By KrisV (12), East Quogue on Nov 19, 12 9:35 AM
Nice job,guys! Don't quite understand a 2 point conversion attempt with a 19-14 lead though.
Nov 18, 12 7:15 AM appended by double standard
Point being it a missed 2 point conversion means it only takes 6 to beat you. Extra point attempts in HS sports aren't exactly locks. Whatever. Congratulations and good luck vs Sayville.
By double standard (1261), Remsenburg on Nov 18, 12 7:15 AM
... get real, realistic.
By William Rodney (229), southampton on Nov 18, 12 8:25 AM
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Way to go Canes! Now lets take the flash out of the Sayville Golden Flashes!
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Nov 18, 12 9:45 PM
I was looking for the Press article on the LI districts who made the AP Honor Roll this year. Oh thats correct WHB didnt make it!
By realistic (250), westhampton on Nov 19, 12 8:45 AM
Relax Realistic. This is just a sports story and it doesn't make academics any less important. If you read a story about pickles would you be mad if it didn't mention hamburgers and buns. Chill out.
By double standard (1261), Remsenburg on Nov 19, 12 2:13 PM
Realistic, are you five? WHB made that list long ago.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Nov 20, 12 8:39 AM
... don't minimize what these kids have accomplished - it is good for the school and the community. At first I thought you were saying the students don't get equal recognition for their academic accomplishments, now you are saying they don't accomplish.

AP honor roll is a joke - no criteria for admission to AP classes - anybody can get in - students who don't belong there, don't achieve - non AP classes become watered down and shunned by the student population creating a big educational ...more
By William Rodney (229), southampton on Nov 19, 12 9:34 AM
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Congratulations to the WHB hurricane football team and coaches!
By southern4eva (7), Raleigh on Nov 19, 12 9:49 PM
I can't believe people still let their kids play football with all thats now known about head trauma and the resulting impacts on the brain. And especially traumatic is head trauma experienced in teenage developmental years. And it doesn't have to be concussions. Repeated minor collisions have an effect as well.

Mark my words, in 10 years there will be no high school football.
By C Law (285), Water Mill on Nov 20, 12 9:04 AM
Any body with a negative comment about what these kids have accomplished both last year and this year do not understand what a team sport like football teaches a kid about teamwork and respect for others.

All you nay sayers about academics and head trauma dont understand football and I gaurantee you have never stepped on the field.

Go Canes !!!!
By Boardwatcher (7), westhamptom on Nov 20, 12 2:35 PM
I played Football in High School and in College. If as much about TBI was known then as is known now, I would have never played.
By C Law (285), Water Mill on Nov 20, 12 2:57 PM
So did I , Maybe yor not up to speed with concussion awareness programs all high schools must adhere to, the advances in equipment and helmet technology that is protecting our youth.

All sports have dangers, lacrosse kids get killed by a ball to chest , baseball players suffer many ball related injuries are we going to stop palying those sports too? Maybe we should take away automobiles and just stay in the house.

claw thats the most unintelligent comment ve seen so far, even ...more
By Boardwatcher (7), westhamptom on Nov 20, 12 9:48 PM
Congratulations to the WHB football team. Good luck on Saturday.
Either way you have a lot of heart and you had a great season.
By Steven (113), Westhampton on Nov 22, 12 6:55 AM
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