10/31/14 6:40pm
10/31/2014 6:40 PM
Shoreham-Wading River seniors Christian Clarkin (10) and Daniel Hughes celebrate during their victory over Port Jefferson. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Shoreham-Wading River seniors Christian Clarkin (10) and Daniel Hughes celebrate during their victory over Port Jefferson. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

WILDCATS 35, ROYALS 0

For those keeping score at home, the number of ice baths Shoreham-Wading River football coach Matt Millheiser has been doused with after a game this season stands at two.

The first came after a road win in Babylon, only the second in program history for the Wildcats against the Panthers. The second came Friday afternoon, after the Wildcats rolled past Port Jefferson, 35-0, to put the finishing touches on the program’s first 8-0 season.  (more…)

10/29/14 6:10pm
10/29/2014 6:10 PM
Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Daniel Hughes carries the ball against Bayport-Blue Point last weekend. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Daniel Hughes carries the ball against Bayport-Blue Point last weekend. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Shoreham-Wading River football team’s final home game has been switched to Friday afternoon, according to Section XI.

The Wildcats were originally set to host Port Jefferson at 2 p.m. Saturday. The game will now be at 3:30 p.m. Friday.  (more…)

10/27/14 11:59pm
10/27/2014 11:59 PM
Thomas Cutinella in his junior class photo. (Credit: Kelli Cutinella, courtesy)

Thomas Cutinella in his junior class photo. (Credit: Kelli Cutinella, courtesy)

We wanted to thank our family, friends, neighbors and SWR community for all their love and support during this very difficult time. We continue to truly appreciate the generosity not only given to our family, but to our football family as well.  (more…)

10/25/14 8:47pm
10/25/2014 8:47 PM
Riverhead running back Ryun Moore scored twice in Saturday's win over North Babylon. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Riverhead running back Ryun Moore scored twice in Saturday’s win over North Babylon. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Riverhead’s dormant offense came to life Saturday in a bounce-back win over North Babylon in the final home game of the regular season.

The Blue Waves raced out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in a 38-6 victory over the Bulldogs in Division II.  (more…)

10/25/14 6:05pm
Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Rosati crosses the goal line for the Wildcats' final touchdown Saturday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Rosati crosses the goal line for the Wildcats’ final touchdown Saturday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats are one win away from their first undefeated regular season.

Facing the third-place Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats’ stout defense carried the team to a 34-7 victory at Shoreham-Wading River High School. The Wildcats improved to 7-0 and have now defeated each of the next three teams below them in the Division IV standings.  (more…)

10/24/14 11:23pm
10/24/2014 11:23 PM
McGann-Mercy students celebrated with the players on the field following Friday night's playoff-clinching win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy students celebrated with the players on the field following Friday night’s playoff-clinching win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

MONARCHS 28, WARRIORS 6

The bleachers were empty and most the McGann-Mercy football players were on their way to the locker room. Near the north end zone, where moments earlier the players chanted “playoffs! playoffs!” with classmates who stormed the field, Reggie Archer and some his fellow seniors remained.

The joy of the moment gave way to a bittersweet reality: they had likely just played their final home game at McGann-Mercy High School.

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10/19/14 8:00am
10/19/2014 8:00 AM
Riverhead football coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield Oct. 11. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead football coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield Oct. 11. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

At 6-foot-4 and the Arby’s side of 300 pounds, I get asked a lot about my past life as a football player.

The truth is, I didn’t play much growing up.

I played youth football the summer going into fifth grade until my parents gave me the option of quitting after my coach was arrested on — of all things — a domestic violence charge.  (more…)

10/19/14 7:59am
Billy McAllister carries the ball for the Porters earlier this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Billy McAllister carries the ball for the Porters earlier this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Having just returned from our 50th high school reunion, whence I was reunited with teammates from our undefeated, state championship football team, I am once again ruminating on the relative merits and demerits of the sport. And this rumination is, of course, profoundly influenced by the recent death of Tom Cutinella, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football player who died Oct. 1 following an on-field collision.  (more…)