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Mariners edge Wyandanch at home

Varsity - 2008 Season
Posted Friday, November 26, 2010 by 27east.com

Mariners edge Wyandanch at home

Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Cailin Riley Nov 3, 2008 10:50 AM
Jon Strumph pushes away a Wyandanch defender while carrying the ball for Southampton. CAILIN BROPHY
Jon Strumph pushes away a Wyandanch defender while carrying the ball for Southampton. CAILIN BROPHY

It’s not often that a team can turn the ball over six times and come away with a victory, but that’s what the Southampton football team (2-6) did on Saturday in a 22-20 triumph over Wyandanch (2-6) at home.

For most of the first half, it looked like the Mariners were going to cruise to an easy win after taking a 13-0 lead. But with just a minute left in the first half, Warrior Charles Petty caught an 85-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Alvarenga to cut the deficit to 13-6.

Things really got interesting in the final moments of the game, when Southampton—holding on to a slim 22-20 lead—fumbled the ball for the fifth time in the game and gave the Warriors a first down at midfield with just under five minutes to play. The Warriors drove to the Mariner 10-yard line, but the Southampton defense came up big, putting the game away with good coverage on a fourth-down pass to regain possession and run out the clock. Conal Wood, Kyren Miller and Jon Strumph teamed up to prevent the desperation heave by Alvarenga on the Warriors’ last down.

The crucial score of the game proved to be a 27-yard field goal by Jon Giraldo with 6:10 left in the fourth quarter, which was set up by a 65-yard run by Strumph. It was Giraldo’s first career field goal and the first of the season for Southampton and gave his team a 22-12 lead.

“We had problems with blocking on our extra points, but this time Jon made a great kick,” Southampton head coach Darren Phillips said.

Wyandanch capitalized on another fumble after the field goal, when Alvarenga hit Shatie Brown with a 45-yard touchdown pass. The Warriors had a successful two-point conversion after that to provide the final margin.

While Phillips was obviously upset with his team’s inability to take care of the ball, he was happy with most of the other aspects of the game, including the running attack, which was led by Strumph and Pat Tuths.

“Jon ran well and Pat ran awesome,” he said. “It was good for us to get that win.”

It was the first win on the new turf field for the Mariners, who finished ninth in Division IV—one spot short of a playoff berth—with a 2-6 record.

“It’s a little frustrating, but that’s the way it goes,” Phillips said of narrowly missing the postseason. “Hopefully the younger guys will take it as a lesson learned.”

Strumph led the Mariners with 112 yards on 11 carries, while Tuths carried the ball nine times for 84 yards. Isaiah Thomas had eight carries for 46 yards.

Alex Antilety had two catches for 39 yards and led the team on defense with three sacks and 12 tackles. Julius Anglickas had two sacks and Todd McElrath and Dylan McMahon each had one sack.

While the Division IV season came to an end, the Mariners still have one game to play. They’ll take on Deer Park, the ninth-place team from Division III, in a mandatory crossover game on Saturday in Southampton at 1 p.m. The Mariners were hoping to face East Hampton in the final game, but Section XI would not allow teams to switch their opponents. The Bonackers had the same record as Southampton but finished 12th in the division and will visit 12th place Division IV Wyandanch on Saturday.

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