Riverhead football drops opener in OT

Devante McFarlane of Half Hollow Hills West used a stiff arm to
try to get past Riverhead’s Charles Bartlett.

Half Hollow Hills West found out why Suffolk County Division II has
been referred to as the black and blue division, and it isn’t just
because of uniform colors.
The 2009 Rutgers Trophy-winning Colts
made their debut in Division II on Tuesday a winning one, although they
were left with some bumps and bruises. They can thank hard-hitting Riverhead for those.
minutes of football wasn’t enough in the season-opener between the past
two years’ Rutgers Trophy winners. It took a 28-yard field goal by
junior Kevin Stanis to settle the contest, 31-28, in the first round of overtime
at Robert A. Collotta Memorial Field. It was Hills West’s 13th straight
win, a streak that started with last year’s 12-0 season when the Long
Island champions competed in Division III.
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