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Oct 14, 2019 11:48 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Baymen Football Takes Care Of Wyandanch On Homecoming Night

Hampton Bays senior Quinn Smith had another strong game on Friday night, rushing for three touchdowns in the win. DREW BUDD
Oct 14, 2019 3:32 PM


Prior to his team’s big rivalry game against Southampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton two weeks ago, Hampton Bays football head coach Rich Doulos personally challenged his team to step up and win its first game of the season, which it did. Coming into last week’s homecoming game against Wyandanch, Doulos put it on his players to challenge and motivate themselves.

From the opening kickoff, it was apparent that the Baymen did just that, carrying over the momentum from their Mayor’s Cup victory last week. Senior Steven Mora returned the short opening kickoff 30 yards, setting up the Hampton Bays offense with a short field. After a 14-yard run by Quinn Smith, the senior followed up with a 32-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage, and the Baymen didn’t slow down from there.

Smith tacked on a 5-yard scoring run and Mora a 22-yard scoring run all in the first quarter to give Hampton Bays a commanding 19-0 lead, and the squad went on to win the game handily, 27-8.

The victory improved the Baymen to 2-4 in Division IV with a winnable game coming up on the North Fork this Friday night against Greenport/Mattituck/Southold at 6:30 p.m.

“I was wondering how we were going to come out from last week, if they were going to be satisfied with that win or not, and I’ll be honest with you, we didn’t have a great week of practice,” Doulos said after the victory. “There were a lot of distractions this week — we had picture day one day, and then it was homecoming and it was senior night — I just didn’t feel like they had that fire that they had last week. And this was a good team. [Wyandanch] came in last year and they took care of business against us. But we came out firing. It wasn’t exactly in practice, but they brought it to the field on game day, which was good to see.”

It was last year’s home loss to Wyandanch that fueled this year’s crop of Baymen, they said after the game.

“This team last year kicked our butt,” Hampton Bays senior Nick Corredor, who recovered a fumble in the win, said. “It was tough to take. It was tough to see all of those seniors suffer in that loss, but they were here today and they saw that we took this W against Wyandanch and it was like they won, too.”

Smith, who finished with 179 rushing yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns, said with the team’s revenge now complete against Southampton and Wyandanch, it was time to stop thinking back to last season, and to move ahead instead.

“This year, we have the same personnel with just another year of experience. So, altogether, the chemistry with this team is better,” he said. “Hopefully, we keep the momentum that we’ve built up going. That’s all we can do at this point, just keep playing our game.”

A win over Greenport at its homecoming this Friday night would push Hampton Bays to 3-4 and, if the cards fall right, the team could find itself in the eighth and final playoff spot in the division, regardless of what happens in the final regular season game at Mount Sinai on October 25. Doulos said the players need to continue to push themselves.

“Greenport is next, and that’s it,” he said. “We need to continue to get better, continue to switch people around where we think it makes us better. And these guys are pushing each other, that’s the key right now, they’re truly pushing each other. And the fact that if someone is doing better in practice, he’s the one that is starting. It’s getting guys upset. At the same time, it’s competition. I think our senior captains are letting them know every day, ‘Hey, we want to win,’ and the way we can do that is by putting our best guys out there. So if you’re not putting effort in, you can lose your job. We had someone out tonight, and it was next man up. And we’re confident in that next man, whereas in past years maybe we weren’t.”

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