The seed was planted early. Real early.
Echoes of the postgame celebrations of Shoreham-Wading River’s third straight Long Island Class IV football championship were still ringing when coach Matt Millheiser pulled Xavier Arline aside to give him a message. “I want four,” he told the player.
It’s not uncommon to hear those with a connection to Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead refer to the Catholic school as a family. But one need look no further than the school’s football program to find a family within a family.
For the soft-spoken Matt Paglia, a good block or tackle may be worth a thousand words. As for actual words, don’t expect much from him.
The message coach Leif Shay had for his Riverhead High School football players following Saturday’s game was the same one he has conveyed throughout the season.
“I’m very proud of them,” he said. “For everything they have going against them, they come to practice and work hard every day.”
As impressive as the 24-game win streak is — and it’s mighty impressive — one cannot overlook back-to-back undefeated seasons that ended with Long Island championships for the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team. It all went hand in hand. READ
When he arrived at the school last year, Ryan Razzano didn’t know anyone on the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School football team. “I knew they had a good quarterback,” he said. READ
Their official name is the Riverhead Blue Waves, but Green Waves would be more appropriate.
That would be green, as in young and inexperienced.
John King makes the move from coaching Shoreham-Wading River’s junior varsity softball team to its varsity team, and yet he is still coaching quite a young team. A young team that can hit and has the ability to do some good things. READ