Today in sports: Mercy faces tall order in Shoreham

10/22/2011 9:00 AM |

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | A running game, featuring Dylan Bates, has helped Shoreham-Wading River to a 5-1 record and wins in its last three games.

With two weeks remaining in the Suffolk County football regular season, thoughts are turning to the playoffs, which are right around the corner.

While Shoreham-Wading River (5-1 in Division IV) appears to have a postseason berth sewn up, Bishop McGann-Mercy (2-4) is going to need a lot of help, including by itself, in order to extend its season. For one thing, the Monarchs are going to need to win both of their remaining games, starting with today’s game in Shoreham at 2 p.m..

That seems to be a tall order. The Wildcats enter today’s contest in fourth place. They have won their last three games against Hampton Bays, The Stony Brook School and Wyandanch by a combined score of 107-39.

In its last game, a 40-12 win in Wyandanch, Dylan Bates (15 carries, 112 yards) ran for two Shoreham touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Shoreham defense was sparked by Dylan Gorman (10 tackles), Mike Savino (10 tackles) and Chris Mahoney (four tackles, one forced fumble), according to

McGann-Mercy, which sits in 12th place, is coming off two big losses, 40-6 to Hampton Bays and 35-0 to Mount Sinai. But the Monarchs should have their best player, Pat Stepnoski, back on the field to run the ball. Stepnoski missed last week’s game with an ankle injury.

Here’s the rest of today’s sports schedule:


Riverhead at Smithtown West, 1 p.m.


Copiague at Riverhead, 2 p.m.


Hampton Bays at Shoreham-Wading River, 10 a.m.

Smithtown Christian at Bishop McGann-Mercy, 12 p.m.