12/01/14 12:57am
12/01/2014 12:57 AM
Shoreham-Wading River collected some coveted trophies with their first Long Island championship on Sunday night. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River collected some coveted trophies with their first Long Island championship on Sunday night. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

LONG ISLAND CLASS IV FINAL | WILDCATS 47, ROUGH RIDERS 13

The season that brought so much pain also brought joy, and perfection.

Along with 54, the retired uniform number of a fallen teammate, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team’s season will also be remembered for some other numbers: 12-0, as in 12 wins, no losses.

A season that mixed tragedy with triumph concluded Sunday night with the Wildcats in a class of their own. For the Wildcats, it was the perfect ending to a perfect season, a 12-0 season topped off by their first Long Island championship in the team’s 17-year history. (more…)

11/24/14 2:00pm
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The late Tom Cutinella's retired No. 54 jersey held a prominent place as the Shoreham-Wading River players marched onto the field before the game. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The late Tom Cutinella’s retired No. 54 jersey held a prominent place as the Shoreham-Wading River players marched onto the field before the game. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The same season that brought the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team the worst day in its history, also produced its best day.

To those who remember before Shoreham had its own football team and the struggles it experienced along the way after it did, what happened on Saturday was the pinnacle of a long journey. What happened on this raw, cold day was enough to warm your heart. (more…)

11/22/14 7:28pm
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The No. 54 flag representing Tom Cutinella waves amid the Shoreham-Wading River players after Saturday's county championship win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The No. 54 flag representing Tom Cutinella waves amid the Shoreham-Wading River players after Saturday’s county championship win. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

SUFFOLK COUNTY DIVISION IV FINAL | WILDCATS 47, KNIGHTS 10

The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats, dressed in their navy blue uniforms, looked all business as they marched solemnly across the field toward their sideline before the game. Leading the way were four Wildcats. Aaron Harley-Rey and Danny Hughes carried a blue banner with “54” printed on it in gold, and Jimmy Puckey and Kevin Cutinella held the late Tom Cutinella’s retired No. 54 jersey.

Not only have the Wildcats clung to the memory of their former teammate, but they honored it Saturday by securing a place in team history. (more…)

11/21/14 5:00pm
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Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Danny Hughes carries the ball in Saturday's win over Babylon. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Danny Hughes carries the ball in last weekend’s win over Babylon. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Three portable lights shined down on the practice field at Shoreham-Wading River High School Thursday as daylight faded on the football team’s practice. All around them, the practice fields were empty, every other fall team’s season having come to an end.

“I guess it’s a little bit of an accomplishment being the last ones out here, kind of knowing this is our time,” said senior quarterback Danny Hughes.  (more…)

11/15/14 6:38pm
11/15/2014 6:38 PM
Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Danny Hughes carries the ball in Saturday's win over Babylon. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River quarterback Danny Hughes carries the ball in Saturday’s win over Babylon. (Credit: Bill Landon)

DIVISION IV SEMIFINALS  |  WILDCATS 56, PANTHERS 0

Shoreham Wading River has emerged as a force to be reckoned with thanks to a crushing defense and ground and pound offensive attack.

The Wildcats made short work of two-time defending Class IV Long Island champion Babylon Saturday with a 56-0 shellacking to advance to their first county title game in program history.  (more…)

11/08/14 8:04pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Nick Gray carries the ball against Port Jefferson Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Nick Gray carries the ball against Port Jefferson Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham Wading River did what its done since Week 5 of the season Saturday: blowing out another opponent, this time Port Jefferson, 42-0, in the Division IV quarterfinals.

Shoreham quarterback Danny Hughes scored on a keeper up the middle for the first of his two touchdowns as Shoreham Wading River jumped out to a 14-0 lead.  (more…)

10/31/14 6:40pm
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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…)

10/11/14 5:29pm
10/11/2014 5:29 PM
Shoreham-Wading River players bowed their heads during a moment of silence in memory of their late teammate Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River players bowed their heads during a moment of silence in memory of their late teammate Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 54, WARRIORS 0

Tom Cutinella wasn’t present, but his presence was felt, and his uniform number, 54, was everywhere.

“SWR 54” was painted onto a hillside by the Shoreham-Wading River High School football field in yellow characters outlined in blue. A replica of Cutinella’s No. 54 jersey hung from the front of the press box. Near the top of the press box dangled a banner that read, “#54 FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS.” The players and coach Matt Millheiser wore towels with “54” imprinted on them.

And had the scoreboard been functioning, it would have read 54-0 — poetic enough — by the time the Suffolk County Division IV game ended. (more…)