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Sep 9, 2017 4:41 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Laube, Canes Mount Fourth-Quarter Comeback To Win Season Opener; Parry Earns 100th Career Victory

Westhampton Beach head coach Bill Parry won his 100th career game on Friday night, the first of his 21st season. DREW BUDD
Sep 12, 2017 3:38 PM

Clippers don’t stand a chance against hurricanes. Apparently, the same holds true on the football field.

Trailing Bellport by 17 points after three quarters of play on Friday, the Westhampton Beach football team erased that deficit and then some, scoring 21 unanswered points to take a 42-38 lead inside of two minutes remaining.

Although they came close to losing that lead to the scrappy Clippers—who were making their Division III debut after going 8-2 in Division II last season—the Hurricanes eventually walked off the field victorious, capping a big comeback in what was the season opener for both teams.

It was the 100th career victory for head coach Bill Parry, who is entering his 21st season on the sidelines for the Canes this fall, and standout Dylan Laube made sure the milestone came Friday evening. Looking to make his senior season as historic as his junior year, when he scored 40 touchdowns, Laube scored four times for Westhampton Beach in the opener, including a pair of touchdowns in the game’s final 5:14.

Junior Tyler Nolan, who transferred to Westhampton Beach from Hampton Bays last year, also had a big game in his varsity debut, scoring the game’s first touchdown in the first quarter. He also started the comeback early in the fourth quarter with a 62-yard touchdown run.

Laube, who rushed for 262 yards on 29 carries, scored twice more, the last touchdown giving the Canes a 42-38 lead with 1:54 remaining—plenty of time for the potent Bellport offense to mount its own comeback.

But Laube had something to say about that, too.

Bellport junior quarterback Devin Trent managed a 73-yard drive to the Westhampton Beach 3-yard line with 13 seconds left on the clock. On what wound up being the final play of the game, Laube broke through the Bellport offensive line and forced Devin Trent to rush the snap and awkwardly hand the ball off to his twin brother, running back D.J. Trent. Laube tackled him for a 3-yard loss—and the game was over.

While Laube was put in the spotlight for his efforts, and rightfully so, Westhampton Beach head coach Bill Parry said it was the Canes’ play in the trenches, especially on defense, that turned the game around.

“The defensive front played outstanding in the second half. They really changed the game,” he said. “We made a couple of adjustments at half, and a little more in the fourth. But it was the defensive line that really won the game for us.”

Parry said that due to multiple injuries before Friday’s game, and another key one during it, a total team effort was needed to defeat Bellport.

Liam McIntyre broke his hand on the first play from scrimmage, leaving the Hurricanes without a player that Parry said was his best junior on the team—not only for the rest of Friday’s game but for the foreseeable future.

On top of the loss of McIntyre, the Canes were already without seniors Nery Luna and Tom Blake, who were both expected to take on large roles on the team this season, but were injured in the preseason and were not cleared for Friday night’s game.

That paved the way for a number of underclassmen to step up.

Nolan was one of them, with a number of key runs and scores, but Parry listed a number of others who were expected to play only one side of the ball but wound up becoming two-way players. Sophomores Shavar Coffey and Aidan Cumisky and junior Jake Bennett all stepped up, he said. Senior Charles Fee had to take on the team’s kicking duties with Blake and Luna both out—he was 4 for 5 on extra points. Parry also noted that senior Nolan Quinlan played a solid game.

As for his 100th career victory, the low-key Parry didn’t want to make a big deal of it. He said he wasn’t even aware of it until last season’s county semifinal game against East Islip.

“It’s a great accomplishment. I don’t think anyone here has ever won that many games,” he said. “But I would rather win the game and have the kids get all of the accolades. That’s what it’s about.”

Things don’t get any easier for Westhampton Beach, which will have to play at Half Hollow Hills West this Saturday at 1 p.m. The Colts were ranked as the top team in Division III this preseason after winning the Division II county championship last season.

While the Canes are hurting a bit, they’ll have to take Friday night’s momentum into Dix Hills this weekend and show a similar dedication to getting the job done however possible.

“We have to take the next-man-up mentality,” Parry said. “We’ve got some good kids, kids who are waiting to play. They’re going to learn under fire.”

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Very exciting football game. Especially the defensive stop late in the fourth quarter. The Hurricanes showed a lot of character. It was a wonderful team effort to watch... Bellport is a very well trained and conditioned team. They are fast and tough. Great game...
By unclemilt (53), southampton on Sep 9, 17 10:22 PM
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