By Benito Vila
Under the lights at Rocky Point, the East Hampton-Pierson-Bridgehampton “Bonac” football varsity was poised to run up its third straight win, the visitors up 21-14 with three minutes to play.
But that was not to be, a desperate pass by the Eagles on fourth-and-fourteen turning into a 40-yard completion and putting the ball at the Bonac three with a minute left. On the next play, the home team rode the emotion of the moment into the end zone to make the score 21-20 Bonac.
Opting to go for a two-point conversion, Rocky Point passed the ball successfully to earn the win, leaving the Bonackers heartsick on the long ride home. While the loss drops the team’s mark to 5-2, the playoffs are still likely, East Hampton ranked fourth in Division III and the top eight teams playing on.
The Bonac regular season ends on Saturday, third-ranked Hauppauge coming in for a Halloween thriller on Long Lane. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m.
In re-capping the Rocky Point loss and looking ahead to Hauppauge, Bonac head coach Bill Barbour said, “The big difference Friday was our mistakes. We gave up two long pass plays [the fourth down 40-yarder and a 55-yard touchdown] and a 90-yard kick off return for a touchdown. We made too many mistakes to win.”
“We have to get back to basics to beat Hauppauge. They are tough and well coached and we have to be solid in all three phases [offense, defense and special teams]. It looks like if we win, we will get a home game in the playoffs. And I believe that even if we lose, we will still be in.”