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Mariners Beat Wyandanch, Face Toughest Test On Saturday

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Posted Friday, November 26, 2010 by 27east.com

Mariners Beat Wyandanch, Face Toughest Test On Saturday

Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Cailin Riley Oct 25, 2010 4:12 PM
Pat Tuths gets away from a Wyandanch tackler in his team's 26-6 win on Saturday. CAILIN RILEY PHOTOS
Pat Tuths gets away from a Wyandanch tackler in his team's 26-6 win on Saturday. CAILIN RILEY PHOTOS

A win over one of the worst teams in Division IV means that the Southampton football team still has a shot at making the playoffs. But to get there, the Mariners will now have to beat the best team that their division has to offer in what would be a monumental upset.

The Mariners beat Wyandanch (1-6) 26-6 on the road on Saturday, improving to 3-4 on the season, good enough for ninth place out of 12 teams with 91.630 power points. On Saturday, the Mariners will hit the road and try to slay Goliath—Elwood/John Glenn—in their final regular season game. Kickoff will be at 1:30 p.m.

The Knights are a perfect 7-0 and coming off a 52-28 thrashing of third-place Mt. Sinai (5-2). Glenn averages more than 39 points per game and has beaten its seven opponents by an average of more than 26 points. Their closest games have come against two of the other juggernauts in the division—a 9-7 win at Bayport/Blue Point on October 2 and a 33-28 win at Babylon on September 17.

Beating Glenn is certainly a tall order, but Southampton head coach Darren Phillips wants his team to focus on the fact that they still have something to play for on Saturday.

“It would take a huge effort and a lot of the football bouncing our way,” he said. “But we still have a chance. That’s all we want them to go in there believing. Hopefully, we play our best game of the season.”

Injuries have plagued Southampton throughout the year, but Phillips said he is hopeful that he will have some players returning for the regular season finale. Lineman Sean Barylski, who has been out because of a concussion, might be back along with Trey Reddick, an important player in the secondary. Vincent Gulli, a lineman who was injured during warm-ups against Wyandanch and did not play in that game, could be back as well, according to Phillips. Lineman Brian Bess missed the Wyandanch game due to a prior commitment but will play on Saturday.

The win over Wyandanch was of the ugly variety, though Southampton got the job done after a shaky first quarter. Quarterback Teague Florio scored the first points of the game in the first quarter on a one-yard run, and Southampton tacked on two more scores in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 20-0 lead.

Senior running back Pat Tuths broke off a long run in the second quarter to set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Onajja Browning, and Florio scored on the quarterback keeper for a two-point conversion. Defensive back Strong Heart Warrior had an interception right before halftime and his grab, combined with a double penalty on Wyandanch for a total of 30 yards, put Southampton on the Warriors’s 15-yard line. Tuths found his way into the end zone with no time left on the clock, but the touchdown was called back because of holding in the end zone. That put Southampton on the 10-yard line and Tuths scored on the next play.

Neither team scored in the third quarter and then Florio scored on a 14-yard run in the fourth to extend Southampton’s lead. Wyandanch scored the final touchdown of the day.

Florio was 3 for 7 passing for 23 yards and carried the ball 17 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Tuths had two catches for 16 yards and ran the ball 11 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. Browning carried the ball nine times for 106 yards and a touchdown, and Warrior carried the ball six times for 35 yards. John Donovan had one catch for seven yards.

Malcolm Williams led the defense with eight tackles, including two for a loss, and one sack. Robert Porco and Warrior each had six tackles, and both Tuths and Colin McNamara had five tackles. Browning and Brett Listl each recorded four tackles.

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