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Nov 6, 2018 12:31 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Third Quarter Outburst Pushes Westhampton Beach Football Past Comsewogue

Westhampton Beach senior quarterback Clarke Lewis passes the ball. R. SPENCER FINK
Nov 6, 2018 4:25 PM

Leading Comsewogue by just six points at halftime in its Suffolk County Division III playoff opener, the Westhampton Beach football team decided to simplify things, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

That decision paid off, as the Hurricanes scored 28 points en route to a 41-13 victory—their 21st consecutive win—which advanced them to the county semifinals against Kings Park, which defeated East Islip in its playoff opener.

“Hats off to Comsewogue,” Westhampton Beach head coach Bryan Schaumloffel said. “This was a playoff football game and their kids came to play and they did a great job playing hard-nosed football.

“We made some adjustments in the second half and we ended up being a much better team,” he added. “We really just simplified things. We worked on a game plan all week and they gave us a couple of different looks that we didn’t see from them in previous games, so we went to more of our base defense that we had been doing all year. Our guys play our base defense pretty well and it showed in the second half.”

Clarke Lewis’s 25-yard interception that the senior returned for a touchdown capped what was a 21-point outburst in the third quarter for the Canes. The running game fueled the offense once again as seniors Liam McIntyre and Tyler Nolan and junior Jaden AlfanoStJohn each ran or were close to 100 yards rushing. AlfanoStJohn and Nolan each rushed for 104 yards—AlfanoStJohn broke for a 55-yard touchdown run in the first quarter—and McIntyre ran for 90 yards and also scored three touchdowns.

Lewis, AlfanoStJohn and senior Jack Gilbride each had interceptions on defense for the Canes. McIntyre finished with 10 tackles.

Westhampton Beach now turns its attention to a 7-2 Kings Park team that has what will be one of the more prolific offenses the Canes have faced this season, outside of Half Hollow Hills West, having averaged close to 28 points per game. The winner of Friday night’s game between Kings Park and Westhampton Beach will play the winner of Hills West and Sayville in the county championship on Saturday, November 17, at Stony Brook University at 4 p.m.

“Kings Park is a very good football team. We’ve had some great close games with them in the past. We defeated them a couple of years ago and upset them when we were a sixth seed and they were a three seed,” Schaumloffel said. “They’re well coached, tough kids. They have an outstanding running back and an outstanding quarterback. We’re expecting them to come here and play football and we’re going to have to play pretty well ourselves.”

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