There’s still work to do.
That was basically the message from head coach Joe McKee after his East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton/Ross football team lost, 48-7, at home to Babylon this past Saturday, October 2.
McKee thought, based largely from comparing results of both teams through the first three weeks, that his young team may have had a chance to upset the Panthers at home, but Babylon, a perennial powerhouse in Division IV for years now, quickly made it apparent that it’s still a force to be reckoned with.
Babylon scored 16 points in the first quarter. East Hampton, to its credit, held the Panthers off the board for much of the second, until they blocked a punt deep in Bonacker territory and recovered the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown. What would have been a 16-0 deficit at halftime turned into a 22-0 deficit.
With the Bonackers (2-2 Division IV, 95.20 power points) sitting many of its starters for much of the second half, Babylon went on to tack on 24 points. Sophomore quarterback Charlie Corwin scored Bonac’s lone touchdown of the game, a 6-yard bootleg scramble in the fourth quarter.
It was the first time this season East Hampton had been held to less than 28 points.
“We haven’t played at that level yet,” McKee said, referring to a caliber of Babylon. “The kids weren’t quite ready for that. We definitely struggled moving the ball and a lot of that was because of what Babylon does. They shift their defenses around a lot and give you a lot of different looks.”
The schedule only gets tougher the next two weeks, starting this week with a very strong Bayport-Blue Point team that is coming off an impressive 55-42 victory over Miller Place last week. That game will be home this Friday, October 8, at 3:30 p.m.
Next week, East Hampton will host another strong team, although not nearly as strong as Bayport, in Port Jefferson’s homecoming weekend, which will include the only home night game under the lights this season on October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
“We’re improving every week,” McKee said. “We’re getting better and better. We’re looking to keep on improving the next four games of the season.”