Game 2 of regular season
Babylon Football: Panthers claw Baymen 23-3
The Babylon Panthers showed a defense that would bend but not break as they stopped the Hampton Bays Baymen, 23-3. The Baymen hogged the ball for most of the contest with 65 plays from scrimmage for 218 yards to Babylon's 39 plays for a more efficient 228 yards. The game had plenty of flag. Referees showed yellow thirteen times. Babylon yielded 80 yards on ten penalties to Hampton's fifteen yards on three. The Panthers won the turnover skirmish, three to one.
The Babylon defense showed up when it counted most. In the first quarter, Hampton recovered a loose ball at their own 45-yard line. Helped by a solid, experienced offensive line, a key pass and a pair of penalties, they drove down to the Babylon 13. From their, fullback Jaime Costa blasted over right guard, carrying a host of tacklers to the 1. First and goal. But the Panther D stonewalled his next three attempts and the Baymen had to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Matthew Weeks.
Babylon's front wall was rugged. Peter Armata, Nick Fowler, Mike Ettl, Evan Brander and Steve Kazda stopped the thrust and penetrated well throughout the game. Linebackers Mike Drescher, Dan Tyminski, Steve Hurst, Justin Muller, Darin Reddish and Darien Moodie showed lots of tough, gang tackling the big Hampton backs. The secondary starred as well against the powerful arm of Hampton quarterback Craig Tufano. Cornerbacks Mike Breitfeller and Zach Schuller and safety Brett Tiedemann succeeded in holding the Baymen passing game to only ten completions in 29 attempts. Schuller recovered a fumble to stop one drive, Fowler chalked up a sack to put the Baymen in a deep hole, Breitfeller tipped away three deep passes and Tyminski crashed in to thwart a reverse for a big loss virtually ending a long drive.
The Panthers scored twice in the second period. Fullback Tyminski raced through a gap off right tackle, cut to the sideline and went - 68 yards for a touchdown. Mike Parrinello kicked the extra point. A minute and a half later, they struck again. An errant snap eluded Hampton punter Virgil Romer, who ran back to recover the ball at his own 6. From there, Tyminski blasted over right guard behind Fowler to the 3 and followed Fowler again on the next play for the TD. Snap holder Tiedemann took advantage of Hampton's confusion on the extra point lineup and raced for a 2-point conversion around the right side. Babylon led 15-3 at the half.
The Panthers capitalized on another bad punt play snap in the third quarter. This time Hurst tackled Romer for a 14-yard loss to the Hampton 29. On fourth and ten, quarterback Tiedemann fired a right look-in, hitting Pete O'Hara at the 22. Pete ran straight for the post - touchdown. On the same conversion lineup, Tiedemann took the snap and gunned to Tyminski in the end zone for two. On Babylon's final drive, Tiedemann hit Hurst on a screen to the left which went 23 yards for an apparent score, but the play was called back on a holding penalty.
Statwise, Babylon's Tyminski carried ten times for 107 yards and Hampton's Tufano passed for 108 yards.
Babylon's next encounter is at Glenn on Saturday, October 4. Game time is listed at 1:30 p.m.
Game 1 of regular season
Babylon Panthers swallow Porters, 55-6
by Tony Spota
The Babylon Panthers rolled right along at Greenport last Friday night and walloped the Greenport Porters, 55-6. Last year's Class IV champions scored eight times in their nine possessions and were never stopped on downs. On 57 plays, they amassed 457 yards, 290 on the ground and another 167 in the air. Their one misplay was a turnover late in the third quarter.
The Panthers used every player present and the Smurfs were as successful as the starters. Twenty players made their varsity debuts - Peter Armata, Evan Brander, Mike Breitfeller, Josh Carlock, Oliver Escano, Rich Froelich, Tommy Gervasio, Ryan Holgan, Brian Khan, Steve Kazda, Brian Kerr, Pat Loughlin, Mike Makofske, Andrew Mendell, Pete O'Hara, Darren Reddish, Zach Schuller, Jim Taylor, Peter Tennyson and Jason Tonno.
The opening kickoff was taken by O'Hara on the Babylon 10-yard line and hauled to the 29. From there, quarterback Brett Tiedemann deftly engineered a ten-play, 71 yard drive, capped by Steve Hurst's 6-yard sweep around left end for the touchdown. The key play of the series was a 38-yard toss bringing the Panthers to the Porter 20. Tiedemann rolled right and lofted a beautiful lead pass to Justin Muller, who leaped on the run and pulled in a fingertip reception. Mike Parrinello kicked the first of his five extra points.
Greenport answered immediately. On their first play from scrimmage, tailback Steve McNeil pounded the right side and appeared to have been stopped, but suddenly burst through a host of defenders and was off to a 71-yard TD sprint. Kyle Dillingham's extra point kick attempt was blocked by Muller. Greenport took heart and was geared for an upset. But alas, that's all she wrote. Babylon's defense held them to three and out for most of the remainder of the game.
It took only two plays for the Panthers' next score. Tiedemann hit O'Hara flying down the right side on a 48-yard scoring pass play. Hurst swept left from the 2 for the next score, capping an eight-play 54-yard drive and the Panthers led 20-6 at the quarter. They continued to pull away in the second period on scoring runs by Khan from the 7 and Dan Tyminski from the 1. The latter play followed a 24-yard bomb from Tiedemann to O'Hara.
Helped by a sack by tackle Nick Fowler and a fumble recovery by linebacker Tyminski, the Panthers continued to dominate. Tiedemann broke away from a few defenders intent on a sack and zipped through the left side, 23 yards for a TD. The extra point attempt went awry, but Parrinello grabbed the loose ball, rolled to his left and passed to Tyminski at the goal line for a 2-pointer. A lesson could be learned here by a local professional team, who lost a title last year by not having a person with hands as a safety valve on a kick attempt.
With Carlock at the helm, Babylon scored its last two on a 3-yard blast by Mike Makofske and a 41-yard burst up the middle by Mike Bihary. The game ended when Greenport attempted a 42-yard field goal, but Dillingham's kick fell a bit short. For the game, Tiedemann was 4 for 4 passing and Hurst had 161 all-purpose yards.
This week, Babylon hosts Hampton Bays on Saturday at Williams Field. Game time is listed at 1:30 p.m.
Suffolk County Championship 2002
Babylon Football:Panthers freeze Mustangs
by Tony Spota
The Babylon Panthers successfully defended their county championship title in a biting wind at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook. They met the Mt. Sinai Mustangs in the Division IV final for the second straight year and took it again, winning 21-13. They've gone to the county final seven straight years, won the last three and five of the last six.
Throughout the year, the two rivals dominated their opponents and displayed super lines on both sides of the ball. In their previous meeting, won by Babylon 34-21, offense dominated the game as the teams combined for 761 yards (688 rushing). This time defense ruled, keeping the total yardage to 394 (249 rushing). The game was a thriller with a number of key plays coming from the special teams.
An exchange of the initial possessions was ended with a sack by Panther linebacker Chris Ribando. Mount's Charlie Friedman punted to the Babylon 15-yard line. From there, the Panthers went 85 yards on twelve plays, chewing their way on the ground to the Mustang 30. On fourth and five, quarterback Dan King dropped back to throw and lofted a bomb to Trevon Rodney, who leaped way over the defender to haul it in for a touchdown. Mike Parrinello kicked the first of his three extra points.
Babylon's next drive was stopped when Greg Izzo intercepted a pass at the Mount 39 and took it over to the Babylon 40. The Mustangs marched it down to the Babylon 6. On third and goal with time running down, linebacker Miguel Soto slashed in for a sack putting the Mustangs back to the 12. Chad Bernstein came in for a 28-yard field goal attempt which just made it over the crossbar. But a motion penalty negated the 3-pointer and moved the ball back to the 17. With four ticks remaining on the clock, quarterback Justin Olive dropped back to fire down the left side. The throw was incomplete, but Babylon was called for pass interference and the ball was moved to the Panther 8. Olive had one more shot and tried the same play, again incomplete against the Panther secondary, and Babylon took a 7-0 lead into the half.
Mt. Sinai's first possession of the second half was marred as John Parrinello moved in for a sack and the Panthers contained. Later in the third quarter, Babylon had a third and twelve on its own 8. A direct snap went awry and was covered in the end zone by Mount's Adam Merone for a defensive TD. Bernstein's kick was good and the score was tied at 7.
The fourth quarter provided enough thrills to heat up the frozen crowd. The Panthers had the Mustangs trapped deep in their own turf. King picked off a pass on the Mount 38 and took it to the 35. Four plays later, on first down from the 23, King rolled right and found Soto on the 2. The receiver gathered it in and stepped across the near right corner for the score. Moved (Continued from cover)
Mount's ensuing possession began at their own 40. Tailback Anthony Poerio ran twice and moved it down to the Babylon 9. He then took a pitchout and raced around the right side into the end zone. The play was called back on a holding penalty. With the ball now on the 19, Poerio rolled right on a halfback option and fired into the end zone where Bernstein caught it for a TD. On the extra point attempt, Bernstein's solid kick hit the left upright. The ball seemingly took forever to fall down into the end zone in front of the crossbar - no good. Babylon still up by one, 14-13.
Bernstein's kickoff was taken by Rodney on Babylon's 13. The fleet back ran from his left sideline, moved right, cut through a pair of tacklers, forward, slanted right again, raced down the sideline, was nearly bumped out near the Mount 35, eluded two more and ran it in. An 87-yard scamper for paydirt.
Did Babylon have it iced? No way. Mount's last drive began at their own 34. They hogged the ball over the last four and a half minutes, taking sixteen plays, and moved it to the Babylon 15. The Panther D flexed, yielding four first downs on the drive. But it didn't break as they ultimately contained the attack. Jon Carr's coverage of Poerio in the end zone on Mount's last pass resulted in an incompletion. Babylon took over on their own 15 with seven seconds remaining. King genuflected for the last play and the Panthers were champs again.
The Mustang defense held Rodney's rushing to 63 yards, the first time this season he's been short of 100. But the super back had runbacks of 20, 34 and 87 and a pass reception for 30 more. In total, he amassed 234 all-purpose yards, good for a pair of TDs and made tackles all over the field.
The local area has become a hotbed for high school football excellence as neighbors North Babylon and West Islip met in the Suffolk Division II final, won by NB 42-7. Saturday, Babylon goes back to Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium to meet the Nassau County winner, the Seaford Vikings, for the Long Island Level IV championship. Game time is listed at 4:30 p.m. The last time the two met was for the 1998 championship, won by the Vikings, 23-12.
First Round of Playoffs
Babylon Football: King guns, Rodney runs, Babylon blanks Bays 19-0
by Tony Spota
The Babylon Panthers opened the 2002 Division IV playoffs with a 19-0 shutout over the Hampton Bays Baymen in the freezing rain at Williams Field. Quarterback Dan King fired for two touchdowns and tailback Trevon Rodney added another while rushing for 130 yards on 21 carries.
The Panther defense was super. Left outside linebacker Chris Ribando contained every play to his side. Chris had been named Newsday's scholar-athlete of the week and brought that accolade right into the ball game, shining brightly for the big D. The interior line played tough - John Parrinello, Tim Halvorsen, Nick Fowler, Zach Rude, Harry Hansen. Hampton Bays was contained throughout, held to a net 33 yards rushing and 28 passing. They were unable to move the ball further than the Babylon 37-yard line. A few big Panther plays - John Axmacher recovered a Bays fumble leading to a Panther score. Rodney moved in for a big sack. Sean Kerr and Miguel Soto picked off a pair of fourth quarter passes.
On their side of the ball, the Panthers did the job as well. They struck on their first possession as King rolled right and hit Soto on a deep post. The play went all the way, 79 yards for a TD. Mike Parrinello kicked the extra point. Babylon's second drive went in from the Hampton 26 as they ground it out down to the 6 and capped it on fourth and three as King rolled right again and hit Jon Carr in the end zone. This time the extra point kick was blocked by Fred Laager. Parrinello had kicked 21 straight extra points before that - one shy of the Babylon record set by Brian Klammer in 1996.
In the second period, Rodney raced off a huge gap in the left side, skirted left and went all the way, 71 yards for the score. The run for a 2-point conversion was stopped. But the defense took it from there and stifled every attempted thrust. Late in the game on third and goal from the 5, King rolled right looking for a receiver. Seeing everyone covered, he ran for it and dove over two tacklers into the end zone. But the play was called back and the Baymen killed the drive.
It was the second encounter for the two this year. Babylon won the previous game 48-7 at Hampton Bays. In the other Division IV semifinal, the Mt. Sinai Mustangs walloped the Bayport Phantoms 33-0.
Saturday, Babylon meets Mt. Sinai in the Division IV final at Stony Brook University. Game time is listed at 4:30 p.m. It's a rematch of last year's final, won by Babylon 33-0. In their previous contest this year, Babylon won 34-21, marring Mount's perfect season.
Game 8 of regular season
Panthers beat Southampton 49-14, head
to the playoffs
by Tony Spota
The gap opened by Tim Halvorsen and Lee Bliss was as wide as Railroad Avenue. Well, wide enough for a Bosch school bus with some to spare. And Trevon Rodney flew through it untouched for a neat 24-yard pickup, a typical piece of his day's work on offense. He'd be finished with that side of the job early in the third quarter - 16 carries for 174 yards and three touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Rodney terrorized the Southampton Mariners. The super inside linebacker made tackles all over the field including a pair of TD savers, harassed the passer into three errant throws, plugged every gap and showed the leadership of the best defender in the division. And for good measure, he added a 46-yard punt into the right coffin corner - out of bounds at the 1.
Babylon eliminated Southampton from post season consideration with a 49-14 pasting. The Panthers completed the regular season at 8-0 atop Division IV and have first seed in the playoffs.
Rodney took the opening kickoff at the Babylon 15-yard line and ran it all the way to the Mariner 45. Fullback Jon Carr busted through right guard, carrying defenders to the 31. Rodney then slashed through right tackle, twisted out of the grasp of a couple of linebackers, cut left and slanted all the way for the score. Following a kickoff return by Michael Bunce from his own 20 to the Panther 38, the Babylon D nulled Southampton's possession on the first play from scrimmage as left corner Sean Kerr intercepted a pass, his third pick of the season. The Panthers then drove 67 yards on nine plays, capped by Rodney's sweep around the right side from the 6. Southampton struck back going 67 yards on five plays. The key was a 48 yard pass from Billy Wines to Bunce who was caught from behind by John Axmacher at the Babylon 1. Bunce then pounded it in through right guard and add a 2-point conversion up the middle. The ensuing on-side kickoff attempt failed and the Panthers had the ball on the Mariner 48. On the first play, Rodney ran to left tackle, slithered left and went the distance.
That's really all she wrote. In just seven minutes and eight seconds, Rodney had picked up 123 yards on nine carries and the Panthers were ahead for good. By halftime, they led 35-8, having added a pair of TDs - a 5-yard run by Carr on a scrape off left end and a 5-yard option around the same side by Dan King. They'd score twice more in the third quarter on a 39-yard bomb from King to Miguel Soto and a 26-yard scamper around the right side by Kerr (following an interception by Axmacher). Prior to the last two scores, the Mariners got back on the board when Bunce grabbed a loose ball at the Southampton 41, ran forward and the ball came loose again at the 48 only to be picked up by Vincent Cuffee and carried the rest of the way. Zach Rude nailed Bunce for a loss on the attempted 2-pointer.
Statwise, King had his best day in the air, completing four of five passes for 124 yards and a TD. Soto had three receptions for 107 and a TD. Carr ran twelve times for 72 yards and a score. Mike Parrinello kicked all seven of his extra point conversions. The Panthers had two sacks, one by Tim Halvorsen and another shared by Halvorsen and Nick Fowler. In all, the offense racked up a net 400 yards, 276 on the ground and 124 in the air. The stingy defense yielded a net 59 rushing and 82 passing.
Saturday, the Panthers open the playoffs hosting the Hampton Bays Baymen (6-2) at Williams Field. Babylon beat Bays 48-7 in their regular season encounter on October 18. In the other division playoff game, Mt. Sinai (7-1) hosts Bayport (6-2). Game time is listed at 1 p.m. for each contest.
Game 7 of regular season
King, Rodney lead Panthers over Warroirs
by Tony Spota
The day was cold and the Babylon Panthers treated their hosts even colder as they dampened Homecoming Day for the Wyandanch Warriors. Babylon won 42-0, taking advantage of five turnovers.
Quarterback Dan King and tailback Trevon Rodney led the way. On the Warriors' very first play from scrimmage, King stripped the ball and it was recovered by Andy Rodgers at the Wyandanch 25. On Babylon's first play, Rodney veered right and raced for a touchdown. On the second play of Wyandanch's next possession, King made a circus catch of a long pass for an interception at the Babylon 40. And again on Babylon's first play, Rodney blasted through right tackle. Gone! For another TD. On the next Panther drive, John Carr carried three times for 23 yards taking the ball to the Wyandanch 16. King then ran an option around the right side for the score and Babylon was up 21-0 for the quarter.
In the second period, Miguel Soto intercepted a pass at his own 33, ran across field to his right and legged it all the way to the Warrior 14. Carr blasted to the 6 and King ran another option between the blocks of John Telesca and Zach Rude for paydirt. On the last play of the half, King gunned and hit Soto on a post for a TD. The play covered 36 yards. Sean Kerr took the second half kickoff at the Babylon 15 and raced left all the way to the Wyandanch 46. Four plays later from the Warrior 7, King ran the optioned left, got it to the 2, spun out of a trap and pitched back to Kerr who bounced
in for the TD. The Smurfs took it from there.
On defense, Justin Muller filled in nicely at safety for the injured John Greaney. In the second half, the D added a pair of picks by Rodgers (a beauty, outleaping the receiver) and Soto (his second of the day). They also chalked up three sacks, the first shared by Rude and Nick Fowler, the second by Rude and the third by King. Mike Parrinello kicked all six extra points. Babylon rushed for a net 257 yards and held Wyandanch to 53. The Warriors had 149 yards in the air, the longest on a 71-yard pass play from Keith Spencer to Willie Coleman. Kerr made a score saving tackle on that one. Rodney had 116 yards on seven carries. King and Carr combined for another 97 on eleven carries.
The Panthers (7-0) have clinched a playoff spot. Saturday, they play Southampton at Williams Field. Game time is listed at 1:30 p.m.
Game 6 of regular season
Game 5 of regular season
Babylon football: Panthers claw Baymen, 48-7
by Tony Spota
Led by their powerful offensive line, the Babylon Panthers rushed for 355 yards on the ground to beat the Hampton Bays Baymen 48-7, Friday night out east. The victory was the 94th win for coach Hans Wiederkehr, establishing a new mark for the school's long football program. Tailback Trevon Rodney carried 26 times for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Fullback John Carr had 12 carries for 80 yards and two TDs.
Sean Kerr took the opening kickoff at the Babylon 9-yard line and raced it on up to the 48. Five plays later, Carr hammered through the left side for the score from the 6. Mike Parrinello added the first of his six extra point kicks. The Baymen tied it later in the period. Craig Tufano recovered a loose ball at the Panther 43. On their second play, with the ball on the 27, Jason Simmons lofted long pass into the left side of the end zone and found Joe Scamardella. Dean Kelly kicked the extra point.
It was Babylon from then on. John Axmacher fielded the kickoff on the Babylon 19 and smashed his way to the 42. The Panthers went 58 yards on ten plays capped by a 3-yard scrape off the left side by Rodney. Following Hampton's next set, Rodney took a punt at his own 31, raced right and ran it down to the Baymen 38. He later scored from the 9 on a run around the right side and the Panthers took a 21-7 lead into the half.
The Babylon Cheerleaders were there as always to do their stuff. Through any weather, they've been performing beautifully all season - Blythe Bachety, Patricia Burbige, Heather Cordes, Lisa DeNicolis, Shannon Egan, Jaclynn Ferri, Sara Fox, Katie France, Christine Johnsen, Paola Lara, Melissa Lorch, Kristin Mees, Christina Milano, Theresa Nirachi, Jaclyn Pappas, Heather Pritchard, Kristi Sog, Jeana Tarpinian, Aimee Twardy and Jennifer Wise, under the direction of coach Cheryl Schweider.
The Panthers owned the second half and the defense was tough. John Greaney (lacrosse injury) returned back to the secondary. J.P. Parrinello moved in for a sack. Kerr picked off a pass at the Babylon 25 and ran it all the way back to the Hampton 14. Tim Halvorsen recovered two fumbles. Rodney blocked a punt recovered by J.P. For the game, the defense held Hampton Bays to a net 57 yards rushing and 83 passing. But Baymen tailback Adam Hamill amassed 207 yards overall in rushing, receptions and returns.
Helped by the super D, the Panthers went on to score four more. Rodney swept the right side for a TD from the 5. Then on their next series, the Panthers went 78 yards. With the ball on the Hampton 22, quarterback Dan King fired and led Miguel Soto deep down the left side for another. Carr blasted through a gap up the middle from the 15. And the Smurfs took over to score the last one. Those clean white jerseys came on the field and moved to the 1, where John James pounded the ball in.
Saturday, the Panthers host the Mt. Sinai Mustangs at Williams Field in a battle for the division's top spot. Game time is listed at 2 p.m
Game 4 of regular season
Homecoming Weekend: Babylon romps, 60-0
by Tony Spota
It was Babylon High School's Homecoming Weekend. Saturday's heavy rain tossed a bit of a wrench into the works. The traditional team breakfast to be hosted by the Ribando family had to be moved to the school cafeteria. The parade was postponed and the game had to be rescheduled and played Monday. The delayed selection of the Homecoming royalty was made at halftime with King Henry Mathies and Queen Asiya Vickers taking the honors.
The crowd at Williams Field saw Babylon use eleven running backs who rushed for 385 yards and nine touchdowns as the Panthers beat the Mercy Monarchs 60-0. It was coach Hans Wiederkehr's 93rd victory, tying the school mark set by Tom DiNuovo (1970-87).
The Panther defense held the Monarchs to 0 for 4 passing, 43 yards rushing and only two first downs (both late in the game). Mercy's furthest penetration was to the Babylon 31-yard line. The Panther defensive line couldn't be budged. Harry Hansen, Nick Fowler, Zach Rude, Tim Halvorsen, John Parrinello, John Carr, Andrew Butler and John Goytia bottled up the Monarch backs. Halvorsen, Parrinello and linebacker Trevon Rodney had sacks.
On offense, the Panthers scored at least twice in each quarter. Tailback Rodney played about half the game and carried 14 times for 108 yards and four TDs. Carr and John Axmacher pounded for another pair behind the strong Panther offensive front.
Then the smurfs took over and provided another three scores on long drives. The backups did beautifully against Mercy's first defense. Mike Drescher, Matt Ettl, Jeff Marano, Russell Cruz, Dominic Volpini, Chris Fasano, Matt Quedens, Justin Muller, Matt Farina, Liam Murphy, Matt Arrighi, Brandyn Quedens, Danny Mitchell - these are the guys that pay their dues on the practice field every day. And when they got the chance, they shined and led the way for the backup ball carriers. Quarterback Brett Tiedemann orchestrated the second half drives, handing to backs Sean Kerr, Steve Hurst, Dan Tyminski, Mike Bihary, John James, and Darien Moodie, with Kerr, James and Moodie romping for TDs.
The special teams chimed in with key recoveries by Kerr and John Parrinello, 117 yards in returns by Rodney and Rodgers, four extra point kicks by Mike Parrinello and a two-point pass from Rodgers to Axmacher.
The Panthers visit Hampton Bays Friday night to play the Baymen. Game time is listed at 7 p.m.
Game 3 of regular season
Panthers outslug Amityville, 35-27 thriller
by Tony Spota
On Saturday, October 5, the Babylon Panthers put a damper on Amityville's Homecoming Day at Lou Howard Field by defeating the Warriors in a thriller, 35-27. Babylon won it up front as the powerful Panther offensive line would not be denied. Center Lee Bliss, guards Tim Halvorsen and John Telesca, tackles Nick Fowler, Zach Rude and Chris Ribando and tight end Harry Hansen led the way as Babylon blasted for 326 yards on the ground.
Previously unbeaten Amityville opened strong, stopping the Panthers' initial possession when Darrel Young picked off a tipped pass in the secondary. Three plays later, Jerod Gatling veered right and scooted all the way, 47 yards for a touchdown. Dan McDonough kicked the first of his three extra points. Babylon came back on a fifteen-play march, capped by John Carr's 5-yard blast through the left side. Mike Parrinello kicked the first of his five extra points. On the Warriors' next possession, Gatling sped through left guard, cut outside and broke free down the left side. Panther cornerback Sean Kerr flew all the way across the field and made a touchdown-saving tackle at the Babylon 28. The play covered 48 yards. It was the defensive play of the game and one of three super plays by the fleet Panther back.
Amityville scored next after Shane Melia covered a loose ball at the Babylon 22. They took six plays and Gatling ran through right tackle for the TD putting the Warriors ahead 14-7. Less than a minute later, Kerr cut through a seal by Halvorsen and raced straight up the middle 63 yards to tie it up again. Babylon's last possession in the half appeared as though they'd run out the clock deep in their own turf. On third and seven at the Panther 21, Kerr skirted the right side around Hansen's block and flew 79 yards to score with 12 seconds on the clock putting the Panthers ahead 21-14 at the half.
In the second half, the Panthers marched all the way to the Amityville 7, but the Warriors covered a loose ball to stop their drive. They then mounted a drive of their own but were contained at the 48. Young's punt was fielded by Andy Rodgers at the Babylon 16. He broke right and carried it back to the Warrior 48. The Panthers marched the distance in eight plays with John Axmacher diving over a fine block by Bliss to score from the 1 and Babylon went ahead 28-14. Amityville came right back, going 65 yards on seven plays with Brian Clinton sneaking in from the 1. A strong rush by Miguel Soto from the right and Dan King from the left resulted in Soto's block of the extra point attempt - another key defensive play. Babylon was still ahead 28-20 with 1:29 remaining in the game.
But it wasn't over yet. McDonough's onside kick went out of bounds at the Babylon 44. Carr bulled it up to the 50 on two plays while the Warriors used two timeouts to stop the clock. With everyone in the park thinking run and the Warrior defense bunched, King fired a quick post hitting Soto over the middle at the 34. The receiver outran the secondary for a touchdown to put the Panthers up 35-20. Amityville still refused to die. They went 65 yards on four plays and scored on a 10-yard pass from Clinton to Williams with nine ticks remaining. Surprisingly, they went for the one point kick to make it 35-27. Their next onside kick went out of bounds at the Babylon 40 before King knelt it out on two plays sandwiching Amityville's last time out.
The Babylon backs had a solid game. Ever the workhorse, Carr pounded for 129 yards on 25 carries. Kerr filled in at tailback for Trevon Rodney and carried nine times for 159 yards. Axmacher carried twelve times for 42. The trio scored four times. For Amityville, Gatling carried nine times for 104 yards and a pair of TDs.
Saturday is Homecoming Day for Babylon. The Panthers host the Mercy Monarchs at Williams Field. Game time is listed at 2 p.m.
Game 2 of regular season
Babylon blanks Bauport 21-0
by Tony Spota
The Babylon Panthers put up a stone wall defense to contain the Bayport Phantoms, 21-0 on Saturday, September 28, at Bayport.
The Phantoms' running game was smothered by Babylon's solid defensive line - Tim Halvorsen, Nick Fowler, Zach Rude, Harry Hansen, J.P. Parrinello and John Carr. Outside linebackers Chris Ribando and Miguel Soto contained the wide stuff. Inside linebackers Trevon Rodney and John Axmacher filled the gaps. Backs Andy Rodgers, Sean Kerr and Dan King provided the deep coverage. Bayport was limited to 102 yards rushing and only two completed passes for 34 yards. Babylon picked off two passes - King and Soto, the latter on a batted ball by Halvorsen, which was run back for 47 yards. Parrinello had a key sack late in the game.
The Panthers' first drive went 51 yards on seven plays, capped by a 20-yard burst up the middle by Rodney. Mike Parrinello kicked the first of his three extra points. They scored again in the second quarter when King hit Soto on a deep post for 32 yards and a touchdown. Their final score in the last period came on another 20-yard run by Rodney who smashed through right tackle, passed the linebackers and cut left across the middle to outleg the secondary. Rodney had 14 carries for 108 yards, Carr had 13 for 92 and Axmacher 8 for 42 as the Babylon ground game totaled 242 yards.
Saturday, the Panthers play the Amityville Warriors at Amityville. Game time is listed at 1:30 p.m.
Game 1 of regular season
Panthers melt Knights 55-0;
King guns for 3 TD's
by Tony Spota
It was hot and so were the Babylon Panthers. The defending Division IV champs opened their 2002 football season at home with a 55-0 victory over the Glenn Knights at Williams Field. Quarterback Dan King completed three of four in the air, each for a score. Used sparingly on offense, tailback Trevon Rodney carried only nine times, but racked up 118 yards and two touchdowns.
The Panther defense was rock solid, holding the Knights to a net 34 yards rushing and 50 passing. They forced six turnovers. Linebacker Miguel Soto intercepted one pass and ran it in from the 12-yard line for a TD. Safety Andy Rodgers picked off another to end Glenn's last possession. Chris Ribando blocked a punt, recovered by J.P. Parrinello. Tim Halvorsen, Zach Rude and Chris Fassano pounced on three Glenn fumbles. John Carr chalked up a sack. The Knights never penetrated past the Babylon 43-yard line. They were limited to only six first downs (three on one drive).
Babylon kicker Mike Parrinello followed each of the Panther scores with extra point attempts, converting five. He boomed six kickoffs into or through the Glenn end zone. The Knights' average possession began at their own 23-yard line.
The Babylon offense got off to a bit of a shaky start, but recovered a few of their own loose balls in the opening period before settling into an efficient rhythm. The line proved tough and capable with center Lee Bliss flanked by guards Tim Halvorsen and John Telesca, tackles Zach Rude and Nick Fowler and tight end Harry Hansen. Rodney opened the scoring with a 37-yard burst through the right side. The team put 34 points on the board in the second quarter and took a 40-point lead. King hit wideouts Soto (12 yards and 6 yards) and Rodgers (27 yards) for scores. John Axmacher raced through right tackle for a 34 yard TD.
Their first possession of the second half was capped by an 18-yard run around the right side by Rodney. They picked up two more points when a Glenn snap went through the end zone for a safety. Babylon's last score came in the final period when quarterback Brett Tiedemann made the most of a broken play and dashed up the middle scampering 33 yards for a TD. In all, the offense racked up 266 yards rushing.
The positive aspect of a lopsided score is always the chance for the kids who serve in the trenches at every practice to get in and show their stuff. Coach Hans Wiederkehr made that happen through the entire second half. And they came off the bench in Panther fashion, outplaying the opponent as if everything was on the line on each play.
Saturday, the Panthers play the Bayport Phantoms at Bayport. Game time is listed at 1:30 p.m.
Long Island Championship 2001
Seahawks nip Panthers for Long Island Football Crown
by Tony Spota
In a game between two undefeated county champs, the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks contained the attack of the Babylon Panthers and won the Long Island Class IV Championship, 7-6 at Hofstra Saturday, December 1. It was a balmy December afternoon, setting a temperature record for the day. The Babylon crowd filled the visitors' side of the stands with plenty of orange showing, thanks in part to the caps tossed to the folks from the Sports Shack. The game was a thriller with both tenacious defenses at peak performance, putting up impenetrable walls in key game situations. Cold Spring's victory finalized their finest season ever and ended what might have been Babylon's. The Seahawks finished the year at 11-0, the Panthers at 10-1.
In prior games this year, Babylon averaged 36 points and Cold Spring 34. In this one, the Panthers were held to only 166 yards on 43 plays while stemming the Seahawks to only 184 yards on 38 plays. The flow of the contest was decided by five big plays.
Big play #1. After the Panthers took the opening possession at their own 19-yard line and ate up eight minutes in a steady nineteen play drive, the Seahawks put up a goal line stand and stopped Jon Carr at the 1-yard line on fourth and goal from the 2.
Big play #2. Three plays later, Seahawk quarterback Joseph Boulukos plunged through right tackle and raced from the Cold Spring 9 all the way to the Babylon 8 before being nailed on a saving takeout by linebacker Trevon Rodney. The play gained 83 yards setting a Long Island Championship game record for the longest run from scrimmage. The mark had been 80 yards by Mark Wohlstadter of Hewlett in 1999. Cold Spring's drive was capped two plays later when Greg Peyser went through left guard for the touchdown. Kicker John Orsen boomed the extra point far into the upper seats. The 99-yard drive set another championship game record.
Orsen's ensuing kickoff was taken by Rodney at the Babylon 8 and carried all the way to the Cold Spring 49. But the Panthers were held to three and out. After Babylon punter Drew Peters sent the ball 45 yards into the Seahawk end zone, the Hawks drove from their own 20 taking eight plays to go 59 yards to the Babylon 21.
Big play #3. On fourth and 4, Boulukos gunned the ball toward the left flat. Babylon defensive end Danny King batted the pass high into the air and it was gathered in at the 35 by Tim Halvorsen, who ran it down to the Seahawk 13. On third and 6 from the 9, Peters took an inside handoff through a middle gap down to the 2. From there, Jon Carr followed Ricardo Otero's block, in for paydirt. On the attempted conversion, the snap/hold didn't succeed. Kicker Peters picked up the loose ball and tossed it to the right side of the end zone, but there was no receiver for the safety valve and the pass fell incomplete.
Cold Spring's next possession was stopped when King and tackle T.J. Maffei swooped in to sack Boulukos. On Babylon's possession, quarterback Brandon Schultheis rolled right looking for Chris Casciola. The fleet receiver had slipped and Schultheis tried to run for it but stumbled near the sideline and went out of bounds at the Panther 38. It was a costly play, as the quarterback suffered an ankle injury and was out for the remainder of the game. Backup John Greaney came in and did a fine job against a tough defense the rest of the way. In the second half both Ds were stodgy, allowing only two first downs each. The Panther line penetrated repeatedly and linebacker Chris Ribando chalked up a sack.
Big play #4. This one belongs to the zebras. On first down at the Babylon 28, Carr bulled through the right side, broke right and ran all the way, 72 yards following a great downfield block by Peters at the Seahawk 30. But a flag was dropped at the point of the block, leading to an apparent disagreement among the refs. After some discussion, the penalty (for a downfield block below the waist) was upheld placing the ball back to the Seahawk 45 and the drive was stopped.
Big play #5. Late in the game, the Seahawks had fourth and 3 at the Panther 38. Greg Peyser's punt was downed at the Babylon 3 placing the Panthers way back with 6:14 remaining. Greaney led the team up to the 36 before the Cold Spring D bottled the attack.
Key stats: For Cold Spring Harbor, Boulukos had eleven carries for 88 yards and Greg Peyser had eighteen for 63 and a TD. For Babylon, Carr had fifteen carries for 68 yards and a TD and Rodney had thirteen carries for 59 yards. For the year, Rodney had 180 carries for 1251 yards (average 7 yards per carry, 114 per game) and twenty touchdowns rushing. Add to that his 307 yards in kick returns, 23 yards receiving, 34 yards passing and six yards with an interception return, he totaled 1621 all purpose yards with 21 TDs. Carr's totals for the year include 136 carries for 753 yards rushing (average 5.5 per carry) and fourteen TDs. The two combined for 2004 yards rushing. Both are juniors.
Mount Sini Suffolk County Championship Game 2001
Suffolk Champs! Panthers Maul Mustaings
by Tony Spota
Babylon, NY. November 24, 2001. The Babylon Panthers won their fourth division championship in the last five years, beating the Mt. Sinai Mustangs 33-0 at Williams Field. The victory sends the Panthers to the Long Island Finals at Hofstra. Babylon's march to the title included seven shutouts. They've outscored all opponents 362-26.
The Panthers dominated from the getgo. Drew Peters' opening kickoff was gathered by James Prydatko at the 10-yard line and raced straight up the middle to the 28 where he was met by a low crusher. T. J. Maffei slammed into the ballcarrier's legs and the pigskin was jarred loose. It was recovered by John Greaney at the Mount 33. Seven plays later, the Panthers were third and ten at the Mustang 17. Quarterback Brandon Schultheis dropped back, looked left for primary receiver Peters, was flushed out and rolled right to find Chris Casciola in the right side of the end zone. Casciola made a fine reception before being bumped out along the sideline. Touchdown.
Mount's next possession began at their own 28. They managed three first downs and went as far as the Babylon 25. It would be their furthest penetration of the day. They'd get only four more first downs for the game. Babylon's super defense bottled up the Mustangs' heralded attack allowing only 104 yards rushing and one completion (for ten yards) in eleven attempts from the air. The opportunistic Panther D chalked up two recoveries, an interception and a pair of sacks.
In the second quarter, Babylon went 66 yards on five plays. Tailback Trevon Rodney raced through a gaping hole opened by right tackle Maffei and tight end Harry Hanson for the score. Peters kicked the first of his three extra points. On Mount's possession, Rodney moved in to sack quarterback Justin Olive at the Mustang 20. The ensuing punt went to the Babylon 46. The Panthers then ate up almost five of the half's last six minutes before Jon Carr blasted it in from the 7. Mount's attempted comeback was thwarted when Tim Halvorsen batted away a pass and Peters intercepted another at the Babylon 30 and hauled it back to the Mustang 32. The half ended with Peters' 40-yard field goal attempt falling short and Olive taking it in the end zone and carrying it up the left side to the 33 where he was bumped out of bounds.
Olive ended Babylon first possession of the second half with an interception at the Mount 30. Four plays later, the Mustangs set up to punt. Rodney, who has been spectacular all season on both sides of the ball, made what was perhaps his best play of the year. He raced up the gut and leaped straight up to block the kick. The ball meandered toward Babylon's right sideline where Rodney scooped it up at the 19. He fought off a host of would be tacklers, shaked, baked, and carried three guys into the end zone for a TD. He just wouldn't be stopped.
Mount's next possession was frustrated again as Schultheis batted down one pass and moved in for a sack to stop another. The Panthers then took over six minutes and fourteen plays to move 52 yards for their last score. Carr crashed through the left side and bulled in from the 5. The defense took it from that point, stopping the next two Mustang drive attempts before Schultheis kneeled it out at the end. Statwise, Rodney had twenty carries for 82 yards and Carr was seventeen for 79.
The Panthers will meet the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks for the Class IV Long Island Championship at Hofstra on Saturday at noon. Cold Spring won the Nassau title by edging Island Trees 22-20, in that final. In Babylon's three previous trips to the big one, they beat Roosevelt in overtime in 1997 and fell to Seaford in '98 and Roosevelt last year. This year's battle will match two undefeated clubs as each is 10-0.
Game 8 of regular season
Panthers claw Royals in final game of season
by Tony Spota
The Babylon Panthers continued to roll as they pounded past the Port Jefferson Royals 48-0 in the regular season final game. They jumped into the lead on Port Jeff's third play when linebacker Miguel Soto picked off a pass on the right sideline and sped 28 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. Holding the Royals to three and out on their next possession, the Panthers took over on the Port Jeff 44-yard line. Three plays later, tailback Trevon Rodney raced through a gaping hole set by Ric Otero and T.J. Maffei on the right side and went 30 yards for the score. Another defensive stifle forced the Royals to punt and the Panthers took over on their own 42. Eight plays later, Sean Kerr (five carries for 91 yards) raced left and capped the drive from the 12. Babylon was up by 20 within ten minutes. After a sack by Soto and an interception by Drew Peters, the Panthers gained possession at their own 33. Rodney rushed through left tackle for fourteen yards as the quarter ended. It would be his last carry of the day. The super back had eight carries for 90 yards - all in the first period.
By this time, the offense had been replaced by the guys from the bench. Not to worry - they were at the top of their game again. The defense was up, too. Tim Halvorsen recovered a fumble at the Royal 17. Four plays later, J.P. Parrinello banged in from the 1. On Port's next possession, Billy Bender stormed in for a sack and Danny King and Steve Shears moved in to share another. Then King pounced on a low punt, which hit an offensive lineman, and dove into the end zone with it for a TD. The Royals were stopped again when Whitney Reynolds intercepted a pass on the Babylon 47 and toted it down the right sideline back to the Port Jeff 20.
The second half kickoff was fielded by Jon Carr and carried back to the Babylon 43. Kerr raced through left tackle and broke away down to the Royal 5 where he was forced out of bounds. On the next play, quarterback John Greaney ran the option and cut over right end for the score. Greaney continued to show fine option running behind Babylon's second line - Tom Parsons, Dominick Volpini, Chris Fasano, Adam Lang, Brandyn Quedens and Lee Bliss. Backs Parrinello, John James and Greg Carr shared in the Panther 337-yard ground attack.
Babylon's last drive went 59 yards on eight plays with Greaney speeding the last ten yards through a gaping hole provided by Quedens and Bliss for the score. Peters punctuated the tally kicking the sixth of his extra points. Babylon ended the defensive display with three standout plays in the final period. Greaney intercepted a pass at the Panther 26. Ray Robinson moved in for a sack. And Peters took a punt on the Babylon 41, was sprung by a great block by Andy Rodgers and fought his way through the pack on the right side for an apparent TD. But the play was brought back on a clipping call. On the day, the Panthers chalked up four sacks, four picks and a pair of recoveries.
Babylon finished the regular season 8-0 atop Division IV, outscoring their opponents 288-20. They open the playoffs against the Greenport Porters at Williams Field, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Game 7 of regular season
Panthers pummel Glenn
by Tony Spota
November 3, 2001, East Northport, NY. The Babylon Panthers garnered the top seed in the Division IV playoffs in their best game of the year. They scored in every period, pounding the Knights of John Glenn, 49 zip. Quarterback Brandon Schultheis was flawless, accounting for 121 yards (6 of 7 in the air for 72 and another 49 on six carries) as he led the balanced attack. The defense was at the top of its game, stifling every attempt the Knights could muster. Nine of Glenn's eleven possessions were either held to three and out or resulted in a turnover. The Knights' average possession began at their own 21-yard line ended at their own 24. Babylon's average possession began at the Glenn 42 and none started deeper than the Panther 47.
The Panthers scored on each of their first four drives. Jon Carr blasted through right tackle 28 yards for the first score and Drew Peters kicked the first of his seven extra points. Glenn's following drive attempt was thwarted as defensive ends Ray Robinson and Danny King moved in for a key sack. The ensuing punt was blocked by J.P. Parrinello and covered by John James at the Glenn 14. The Panthers then inched their way, taking eight plays before Trevon Rodney followed Jay Egan and T.J. Maffei through right tackle for the TD from the 2. On Glenn's next possession, Miguel Soto rushed in to block a pass on the first play and then sacked quarterback Brian Lowe for a twelve-yard loss.
In the second period, Babylon went 48 yards on eight plays with Schultheis deftly completing three straight passes, hitting James on a left square in for six, Peters on a left buttonhook for eleven and Peters again on a pump and go to the left for sixteen more. Carr banged in through right guard from the 6 to cap the drive. Glenn would take its next shot for its furthest penetration - up to its own 47. But sacks by Maffei and Rodney and a major penalty pushed them back to the 14. Following the punt, Babylon moved 53 yards on five plays. They scored when Schultheis hit Chris Casciola on a fly down the left side. The play went 30 yards.
The second half became the stage where all the guys who sweat in the pits got to show their stuff. They're the kids who serve as cannon fodder against the first string at every practice. Given that, a half against any other team was like a day at the beach. Linemen Lee Bliss, Adam Lang, Brian Morvay, Brandyn Quedens, Zach Rude, Steve Shears and Dominick Volpini, ends Chris Fassano, Harry Hansen, Alex Hild, Tom Parsons, Whitney Reynolds and Andrew Rodgers and backs Greg Carr, Tommy Fronzo, Sean Kerr and Henry Mathies joined the fray with great results.
Kerr took the kickoff at the 8, moved up the middle, cut left and raced 92 yards for the score. He added a pair of touchdown runs, racing seven yards through left tackle and 55 yards around right end for scores. Sean had 158 all-purpose yards. The second half offense was ably quarterbacked by John Greaney. The defense was solid. Shears rushed Lowe out of the pocket into King's second sack of the day. Then Shears rushed, forcing a pass batted away by linebacker Chris Ribando. Glenn's last two possessions ended in fumble recoveries by Parrinello and Casciola.
Babylon goes to Port Jefferson Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Game 6 of regular season
Panthers sink Mariners
as Rodney & Carr race for 276 yards
by Tony Spota
On Saturday, October 27, the Babylon Panthers clinched a playoff berth as they beat the Southampton Mariners 40-0 at Williams Field. Trevon Rodney (22 carries for 148 yards and four touchdowns) and Jon Carr (19 carries for 128 yards and two TDs) led the way. Babylon's defense was solid, winning the turnover battle 5-3.
The front four (Danny King, Jay Egan, T.J. Maffei and Tim Halvorsen) and the linebackers (Rodney, Brandon Schultheis, Miguel Soto and Chris Ribando) stifled the Mariners. King recovered a fumble on Southampton's first play at the Mariner 21, leading to Babylon's first score, a six-yard burst by Rodney through right guard. The D wouldn't allow a first down until Southampton's last possession of the first half, stopped when King and Maffei sacked quarterback Tom Mangano. Until then, it was three and out with the Mariners unable to get past their own 44. Meanwhile, the Panthers tallied three TDs in the second period on runs by Carr from the 7, Rodney from the 3 and Carr again from the 4. Extra points were added by Peters on the first of his two scoring kicks and Schultheis who carried it in for a 2-point conversion.
In the second half, King chalked up another sack, John Greaney intercepted a pass, Chris Casciola gathered in a fumble and Peters intercepted a pass to end the game. The bench chimed in as well, with key tackles by J.P. Parrinello, Dom Volpini and Andrew Rodgers. Babylon's two fourth quarter scores came on runs by Rodney from the 13 and the 3.
The victory was an indication of the preparation, hard work and excellence instilled by head coach Hans Wiederkehr and assistants Tom DiNuovo, Chris Morra and Rick Punzone. Babylon is now 6-0. The Panthers visit John Glenn High School in Elwood, Saturday at 2 p.m.
Game 5 of regular season
Babylon Football: Panthers pound past Mustangs
by Tony Spota
The Babylon Panthers seized the initiative to beat the Mt. Sinai Mustangs 28-12 at Williams Field Saturday, October 20. Both teams entered the game undefeated and tied for the top of Suffolk's Division IV. The Panther attack was bolstered by the depth of their offensive line as Billy Bender, Harry Hansen and Whitney Reynolds filled in beautifully for injured teammates.
A Mustang threat in the scoreless first quarter was stopped when safety Drew Peters intercepted a pass at the Babylon 8. Three plays later, Babylon fumbled the ball right back and Mt. Sinai took the opportunity, drawing first blood on the first play of the second period as Keith Bilotta raced thirteen yards through center for a touchdown. Trevon Rodney, who starred on both sides of the ball, blocked the extra point kick attempt. The Panthers gave the ball back again on the ensuing kickoff, but Babylon's strong defense stuffed the attack. Babylon then went 74 yards on nine plays with Rodney smashing through left tackle from the 5 for the score. Peters added the first of his four extra point kicks. The Mustangs were then stopped three and out deep in their own territory. The next Panther drive went 47 yards on six plays, aided by a pass interference call which put the ball on the Mount 10. Rodney zipped through left guard from there for the TD.
In the fourth quarter, Babylon's John Carr banged in from the 1-foot line to complete a twelve play 60-yard drive. The Mustangs then mounted a 70-yard drive on twelve plays. Justin Olive fired to Steve Schroeder on the right side of the end zone for the TD from the Babylon 5. On the extra point attempt, Olive was sacked by a hard charging Danny King. King had previously stuffed a pass attempt on the same drive. Babylon's last score came when Carr bulled up the middle and raced 55 yards past the secondary. Mount's last threat ended when T.J. Maffei sacked Olive deep in Panther turf.
The game stats included Rodney with eighteen carries for 107 yards, Carr with twelve for 91 and Mt. Sinai's James Prydatko with thirty for 128.
The Babylon cheerleaders have been out in full force at each game, proudly performing their stunts and halftime shows under coach Chrissy Jacovina. They are Ashley Andrews-Santillo, Tricia Bessemer, Tricia Burbige, Britany Carlock, Lara Dieterich, Shannon Egan, Katie France, Jen Freyer, Chrissy Johnsen, Paola Lara, Meghann Longo, Melissa Lorch, Cassie Mercurio, Theresa Mirarchi, Heather Pritchard, Patty Reichmann, Kristi Sog, Sabrina Stewart, Vanessa Tripp and Kiersten Turnbull.
Saturday, Babylon (5-0) hosts the Southampton Mariners (4-1) at Williams Field, 2 p.m.
Game 4 of regular season
Babylon Panthers beat out Bayport Phantoms
by Tony Spota
Both defenses contained the other team's attack, yielding yardage but few points, as the Babylon Panthers and the Bayport Phantoms blasted one another in the trenches. But the edge in turnovers was significant and Babylon prevailed to win it 14-8 at Bob Sullivan Field in Bayport. The Panthers forced five turnovers to halts Bayport's advances.
The first half was scoreless. Tim Halvorsen pounced on a loose ball to stop Bayport's first possession. Three plays later the Panthers coughed it right back and the Phantoms initiated a 12-play drive. They were stopped at the Babylon 21 when John Greaney recovered a fumble. The cornerback killed the next Phantom advance, picking off a pass at the Babylon 38 and returning it to the Bayport 41.
The second half opened with a bang. On Babylon's second play from scrimmage, John Carr blasted through left guard, cut outside to his left, crashed through a pair of defenders and when finally tackled, spun around and lateraled the ball back to a trailing Trevon Rodney, who evaded more defenders and raced it all the way to the end zone. The play covered 68 yards with Carr carrying the first 24 and Rodney the final 44. Drew Peters added the first of his two extra point kicks. Babylon's next possession went 80 yards on six plays. The key was a flanker reverse with Sean Kerr flying around the right side 22 yards to the Bayport 15. On the next play, Carr ran around the left side and raced it in.
Bayport's next two tries were stopped on fumble recoveries by Chris Casciola and Jay Egan. But Bayport wasn't giving in. Jamie Bonanno recovered a Panther fumble on the Babylon 43, leading to a 13-play drive. It was capped with 40 seconds remaining in the game when fullback Mike Nicholson banged in from the 3. Mike Sammartino took an inside handoff through right guard for the 2-point conversion. The touchdown was the first score against the Panther defense this year. They had gone fifteen shutout quarters. The ensuing on-side kick slithered about and was covered by Casciola on the Babylon 37. Quarterback Brandon Schultheis kneeled it out from there.
Rodney finished the game with eighteen carries for 127 yards. Carr had nine for 60. For Bayport, Nicholson had 26 carries for 108 yards and Sammartino nineteen for 72.
Babylon hosts Mount Sinai Saturday, 2 p.m. at Williams Field in what promises to be a tough one. Both are undefeated.
Game 3 of regular season
Panthers claw Wildcats, 42-0
by Tony Spota
The Babylon Panthers scored on each of their first six possessions as they beat the Shoreham Wildcats 42-0 at Shoreham this weekend. Babylon remains unscored upon while chalking up 109 points after three games. The defense continued to shine, limiting the Wildcats to 71 yards net rushing and only seven yards in the air. Shoreham didn't get a first down nor reach beyond its own 35-yard line until its last drive in the final period.
Panther quarterback Brandon Schultheis deftly controlled the ball in a solid attack. Twin blasters Trevon Rodney and Jon Carr moved the ball well, eating up yardage in Babylon's unstoppable ground game. Rodney starred on both sides of the ball. He carried 15 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns on runs from the 19 and the 2. He scored a 2-point conversion, recovered a pair of fumbles and hounded the Wildcats with frequent tackles, often in their own backfield. Carr rushed behind the powerful Panther wedge for 73 yards on 14 carries and a TD from the 4.
Offensive tackles Jay Egan and T.J. Maffei got into the scoring binge. Egan scored from the 5 on Babylon's first drive which went 64 yards on ten plays. He was moved into the backfield as a blocking back and took a handoff through left tackle for the TD. Maffei did the same capping Babylon's last drive. The Panthers went 59 yards before he piled in from the 1. Schultheis joined the scoring with a 7-yard keeper around the right side to cap Babylon's fourth drive. Drew Peters kicked for four extra points and punted 54 yards into the Shoreham end zone. Babylon is at Bayport Saturday 2 p.m.
Game 2 of regular season
blank Greenport 33-0
by Tony Spota
The Babylon Panthers romped for the second straight week as they beat the Greenport Porters 33-0 September 28. Babylon's rock-solid defense stifled the Porters' highly touted rushing game, holding Gerald Crenshaw to a net 16 yards on the ground. Crenshaw is attempting to set the county career rushing record this year. The D chalked up four sacks as Jay Egan stormed in for two and T.J. Maffei and Trevon Rodney had one apiece. Each half ended with a Panther interception (Drew Peters and Danny King). Linebacker Miguel Soto contained the outside rush as a host of defenders ate up the Greenport backs.
The offense maintained control throughout. Tailback Rodney carried seventeen times for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Fullback Jon Carr added 75 yards on 12 carries. The line led the way with center Tim Halvorsen flanked by guards Paul Lopez and Ric Otero, tackles Maffei and Egan and tight end John Axmacher providing the punch. Babylon's first score came on a 75-yard drive taking ten plays. It was capped when Rodney banged in over the left side from the 2-yard line. Their next possession lasted fifteen plays and went 88 yards. Quarterback Brandon Schultheis faked inside and ran right, sneaking in from the 5 for the score. Peters kicked the first of his three extra points. The third drive went 80 yards and also paid off. Schultheis hit Peters on a right slant over the middle moving the Panthers from their own 36 to the Greenport 30. From there, Rodney twisted and spun his way around the right side, broke three tackles and raced it in.
In the second half, Rodney shucked off three tackles again on a rush moving the pigskin thirty yards to the Porter 13. He plowed up the middle from the 8 for the TD. The last tally came when Schultheis hit John James on a deep circle over the middle. James gathered it in and sped for paydirt. The play covered 55 yards.
Game 1 of regular season
Home Coming 2001
Babylon Panthers take homecoming game
by Tony Spota
The pall of the recent tragic events prevailed and a moment of silence was held before the National Anthem recognizing all those affected. Both teams got back to the business at hand, but each person there has the world crisis locked in place and it'll stay that way for a long time.
Homecoming began with the traditional team breakfast gathering for players, cheerleaders, coaches and parents. This year's hosts were the Egan-Murphy family. The parade was held and the winning float went to the sophomore class. The Homecoming king and queen were Greg Brink and Lara Dieterich. The Boosters held their annual postgame gathering. Black and orange were everywhere.
The Babylon Panthers beat the Wyandanch Warriors 34-0. The powerful Panther line took control early. Center Tim Halvorsen, guards Paul Lopez and Ric Otero, tackles T.J. Maffei and Jay Egan and tight end John Axmacher provided a strong rush that netted a 239-yard ground attack.
The Panthers scored in every period. Tailback Trevon Rodney ran for 120 yards on thirteen carries. He opened the scoring with a 48-yard burst up the middle. Drew Peters kicked the first of his four extra points. Fullback Jon Carr (15 carries for 50 yards) banged in from the 1 for the second TD. The next score came when quarterback Brandon Schultheis hit Chris Casciola at the Wyandanch 26. The fleet receiver raced it in from there. The play covered 52 yards. Babylon had dodged a bullet on their second possession when Warrior linebacker Plummer Brown intercepted a pass and took it to the Panther 5. But the play was called back for interference.
Wyandanch threatened on their first possession in the second half. Tailback Mike Knight (fifteen carries for 116 yards) raced through the right side and went 61 yards before cornerback John Greaney came over from across the field to bump him out of bounds on the Babylon 9. The defense held. Babylon then mounted a 90-yard drive which took eight minutes and seventeen plays. Carr drove in from the 1 for the TD. The Panthers' last score came when Peters fielded a punt on the Warrior 48, faked a handoff, ran left and then cut to the right going all the way.
Suffolk county championship 2000