If the Riverhead football team has proved anything this season, it’s that its games are chock-full of drama. A Blue Waves game has become must-watch high school football.
Today should be another good one as the 5-0 Blue Waves travel to West Babylon to face the only other unbeaten team in Division II. Only three other teams in Suffolk County (Sachem North, D-I; Sayville, D-III; John Glenn, D-IV) are still unbeaten.
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While both teams are 5-0, West Babylon is technically in first place based on the power points. So call the Blue Waves an underdog if you wish.
The Blue Waves come into tonight’s 7 p.m. game off a win against Walt Whitman, which was much closer than the Blue Waves would have liked. They persevered through a Charles Bartlett injury — one week after quarterback Ryan Bitzer missed some time from an injury — and came from behind to pull out another squeaker.
West Babylon has played its share of close games this season. The Eagles beat East Islip in overtime Week 2, 16-10. Last week the Eagles trailed by a touchdown at halftime against Hills West before winning 34-28.
The Eagles aired it out against the Colts with great success. Quarterback Clifton Melhado completed 20-of-28 passes for 342 yards and four touchdowns, according to the Newsday box score.
The Blue Waves have given up 30 points per game, so another shoot-out could be in order.
One other local football game is on the schedule at 7 p.m. tonight. McGann-Mercy (2-3) hosts Mount Sinai (4-1). The Mustangs come into the game as heavy favorites after a 26-20 win over previously unbeaten Amityville. The Monarchs, after posting consecutive shutouts, couldn’t contain the Hampton Bays ground attack in a 40-6 loss.
The rest of Friday’s schedule is as follows:
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
SWR at Invitational (Brown University), 6 p.m.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
SWR at Invitational (Brown University) 9 a.m.
Riverhead (3-6) at Hampton Bays (1-7), 4:30 p.m.
SWR (9-1) at Comsewogue (5-5), 7 p.m.
Hills West (3-6-1) at Riverhead (1-7), 4:30 p.m.
McGann-Mercy (2-6-1) at Ross (1-6), 4:30 p.m.
Mattituck (6-3-1) at SWR (5-2-1), 4:30 p.m.
Riverhead (9-5) at Mattituck (14-0), 4 p.m.
McGann-Mercy (3-6) at Greenport/Southold (4-6), 4:30 p.m.