First it was the Bulldogs and then the Lions that took nice-sized bites out of the Riverhead High School football team. Now the Blue Waves must feel a sense of relief, with a bye week to look forward to and the roughest part of their schedule in the books.
Jake Guercio passed for two touchdowns, ran for another and Drew Cestaro picked up 104 rushing yards, including a 23-yard touchdown, as the West Islip Lions rolled over Riverhead, 41-0, at Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field on a steamy Saturday afternoon.
No. 2 seed West Islip (2-0 in Suffolk County Division II) has yet to give up a point this season, outscoring the two teams it has played (Deer Park was the first), 93-0.
No. 8 Riverhead (0-2), meanwhile, was licking its wounds from a 43-0 hammering by the North Babylon Bulldogs. Tommy Powers (broken arm) and William Sanders (broken hand) are both out for the season following their injuries in the North Babylon game.
Riverhead’s pride might have taken a blow, too, as its offense struggled once again, managing only 69 yards of offense to West Islip’s 320. Through two games, Riverhead has 99 yards to its credit and its defense has allowed 793.
It took only three plays from scrimmage for West Islip to open the game with a six-yard touchdown reception by Antonio Alicea. It was 34-0 before the first half was over, thanks to a 22-yard touchdown run by Guercio, a 23-yard touchdown burst by Cestaro, a 28-yard interception return for a score by Rob Skibinsky and a 22-yard touchdown catch by Dylan Carrino.
Joey Rota added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Photo caption: Riverhead running back Chris DuBose looks for yardage against a tough West Islip defense. (Credit: Grant Parpan)