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Sep 16, 2018 8:35 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hurricane Football Clobbers East Islip, Moves To 2-0

Westhampton's Liam McIntyre fights for extra yardage while East Islip's Tom Higgins attempts to drag him down. BRETT MAUSER
Sep 17, 2018 3:59 PM

The Westhampton Beach football team might just have something here.

A drop-off from last year’s dream season seemed inevitable—an award-winning back, Dylan Laube, is gone, part of a stellar senior class, and the longtime head coach had retired. Yet on Friday night at Carl A. Hansen Field, the way the Hurricanes manhandled rival East Islip won’t go unnoticed by their Division III foes.

From start to finish, in every element of the game, the Canes were in control. They built a three-touchdown lead in the second quarter, and used a quick scoring flurry early in the third en route to a 34-7 rout in front of a raucous Westhampton Beach crowd.

“Last week against Eastport South Manor, I wasn’t really happy with our performance,” said Hurricanes head coach Bryan Schaumloffel. “Even though we came back and won, it was sloppy. We did a great job in all aspects of football today—offense, defense and special teams. I’m really happy with how the kids rebounded.

“Since day one, we’ve talked about building our own legacy,” he added. “I think the guys have a little bit of a chip on their shoulders. They want to prove that they’re good football players too, and that last year wasn’t just a one-man show.”

Westhampton’s last loss came at the hands of East Islip in the Suffolk County Division III semifinals back in 2016. With Friday night’s victory, the Hurricanes (2-0 Division III) haven’t lost since then, extending their school-record unbeaten streak to 14 games. The last 11 of those wins have come by double digits.

Senior co-captain Liam McIntyre confessed that this team hasn’t lowered its aspirations, despite the graduation of Hansen Award-winner Laube.

“Back in ninth grade, [quarterback] Clarke [Lewis] and I knew that our team was going to be really good when we were juniors, so we said that junior year we would go out and win everything we can and our senior year would be all about having fun. But at the end of last year, we realized that with the talent and the coaching staff we have, we can do the same thing again. If we keep doing the right thing, it should pay off in the end.”

Even though they had dominated both sides of the ball throughout, the Canes owned just a two-score advantage entering the third quarter. All doubt was erased over the next four minutes however. First, Westhampton Beach gobbled up an onside kick attempt and then needed just two plays to find the end zone for a fourth time on the night, with junior Aidan Cassara racing in scot-free from 30 yards out just 27 seconds into the quarter. On the next drive by East Islip (1-1 Division III), a botched snap was scooped up by junior linebacker Jesse Alfano-St. John, who raced the final 25 yards to up the Hurricane lead to 34-7 with 9:26 left in the third.

“The coaches called a great play, I blitzed hard, broke through the line and I was where I needed to be,” said Alfano-St. John, who also had two sacks and an interception to his credit.

For Schaumloffel, the spurt was the ideal answer after the Redmen’s 14-play touchdown drive to close the first half.

“I was not happy that East Islip scored right before halftime, so I went in and stressed to them that the game wasn’t over and that we had another half to play,” Schaumloffel said. “The kids came out in the second half right off the bat and did a great job.”

Westhampton Beach built a sizable lead early, with McIntyre opening the scoring by plunging into the end zone from one yard out with 4:58 left in the first quarter. Following Alfano-St. John’s interception, Lewis threw a perfect fade to the right corner where Cassara hauled it in despite tight coverage from East Islip’s Brandon Miller—a 21-yard strike.

The Canes didn’t let up, turning a poor punt into a six-play, 42-yard drive that culminated with a 3-yard rumble by junior Jaden Alfano-St. John that gave Westhampton a 21-0 lead.

It proved to be more than enough for a Westhampton Beach defense that has given up just 20 combined points in weeks one and two, the fewest surrendered in the opening two weeks since the 2010 squad surrendered 19 points in splitting with ESM and Hauppauge. Junior Shavar Coffey finished with five tackles for the Hurricane defense and Brandyn Conti had three sacks.

The offense was controlled by the running game. Jaden Alfano-St. John rushed for 62 yards on 11 carries, Cassara ran for 60 yards on eight carries and McIntyre accrued 73 yards on 13 carries.

“Coming into this week, we knew we had to focus and really fire off the ball on both sides,” McIntyre said. “We wanted to run hard and hit hard, and that’s what we did. We came out and we executed our game plan.”

The Canes will look to continue their win streak on Friday, September 21, at home against Harborfields at 6 p.m.

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