By Jacob Sisson
The East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson football team came into Saturday’s away trip to Shoreham Wading River (0-3-0, 0-3-0) with a chance to push their record above .500 for the first time this season. After a heartbreaking opening game loss to Miller Place and a subsequent return to winning ways against Rocky Point, East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson (2-1-0, 2-1-0) was ready to continue their upward climb.
East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson — Team Bonac — was quick off the mark, scoring a touchdown each in the first three quarters, before closing out the game with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, taking a commanding win by the score of 35-7. Shoreham Wading River was coming off a 34-7 loss to Miller Place and was having real problems on offense, having only scored seven points in its first two games. Things would not get much better for Shoreham Wading River, as they were held in check by East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson’s defense, finding the end zone only once.
East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson got things moving through the air in the first quarter, as quarterback Frank Grande linked up with Steven Bahns for an 89-yard touchdown that accounted for the majority of the quarterback’s 96 total yards passing. Following a Robert Rivera PAT kick, the score was 7-0 in favor of the visitors.
Grande was once again at the center of the action as Team Bonac made its way down the field in the second half for its second score. This time, the signal caller used his feet instead of his arm to punch home an eight-yard touchdown run. Rivera again slotted home the PAT to put Bonac up 14-0. The only blip on the defensive radar came as Shoreham Wading River drove down the field and set up a two yard scoring run that made the score 14-7 as the two teams headed to the locker room for half time.
Steven Bahns once again made a big impact on the score line, as he provided the third quarter’s only scoring action, breaking off a 37-yard touchdown run that extended East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson’s advantage to 21-7.
Bahns once again popped up on the score sheet in the fourth quarter as he returned a punt 45 yards for his third score of the day. Drew Griffiths finished off the action on the scoreboard for the day, punching home a twelve-yard run late in the game to give Bonac a decisive 35-7 victory. Robert Rivera added three more PAT’s following the final three touchdowns to finish his day a perfect 5-5 on point-after-touchdown attempts.
To add to his excellent day on the field, Steven Bahns added eight tackles on the defensive side of the ball, falling just short of the team-leading number set by Peter Johan, who logged nine tackles. Rob Greene had seven tackles to go along with his twelve rushing attempts that netted him 61 rushing yards.
In the air, Frank Grande went two for five on passing attempts, and totaled 96 passing yards, including his 89-yard pass to Bahns in the first quarter. Grande also ran three times for a total 16 yards and one score. Bahns had a total of four rushing attempts for a total of 52 yards and one touchdown to go with his 89-yard receiving touchdown and 45-yard punt return for a touchdown. Drew Griffiths rushed twice, grabbing 19 yards and a touchdown.
With momentum now on its side, East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson welcomes Deer Park (2-1-0, 2-1-0) to a critical home matchup that could leave one team closer to the top of the division three standings. Deer Park is coming off of a crushing 29-21 defeat against league leaders Sayville (3-0-0, 3-0-0), which saw Deer Park squander a 21-9 half time advantage. Deer Park defeated Shoreham Wading River 39-0 at home in its first game of the season so this Saturday’s matchup against two teams with identical records should be one of the most even matchups division three will see all season.