Maysonet shows support at county final

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Former Riverhead star Miguel Maysonet enjoyed watching his high school team win the Division II county championship Sunday night. A day earlier, Maysonet led Stony Brook to a playoff win over Villanova.

Miguel Maysonet stood on the field he’s made famous late Sunday night, only this time as a spectator.

On Saturday afternoon Maysonet led the Stony Brook University Seawolves to a 20-10 victory over Villanova in the first round of the Football Championship playoffs at LaValle Stadium. Maysonet, a 2009 Riverhead graduate, rushed for a pair of touchdowns and 160 yards in his first game since being named Big South Offensive Player of the Year.

Wearing a Stony Brook sweatshirt and a New York Yankees cap, Maysonet watched his alma mater play for the Division II county championship Sunday night against North Babylon on the same field he tore up just over 24 hours earlier.

“I’m excited for my team to be here in this position again,” Maysonet said after the Blue Waves put the finishing touches on a 52-20 victory. “Last time they were here was when I was in high school. I’m excited for them to be out here and compete for a Long Island championship.”

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet scored two touchdowns Saturday against Villanova at LaValle Stadium.

It was Maysonet’s senior season in the fall of 2008 when the Blue Waves last won a county title. In a historic season in which the Blue Waves went undefeated to earn the Rutgers Trophy as the top team in the county, Maysonet was the star of the offense with 33 touchdowns.

For as vaunted as that team was offensively, it never reached the 50-point mark like the Blue Waves did Sunday.

“They looked great,” Maysonet said of the offense. “Bitzer and the receiver Quinn Funn, they’re a great combination. With their running game, it’s superb as always. I’m excited to see them hit on every single cylinder.”

It was the second Riverhead game this season Maysonet got a chance to watch in person. He was also at the Blue Waves’ semifinal victory over West Babylon.

Most of the time, though, Maysonet has been busy on Saturdays leading the Stony Brook offense.

Maysonet said he’s felt plenty of support from his hometown throughout the season.

“They made a few jokes about it before that they get no fans at the Riverhead games because they’re always here watching me play,” Maysonet said. “Every time I look in the stands I always see some blue sprinkled around. And after the game I always see Riverhead fans here coming to support me, which is a humbling feeling for them to still come out here and support me and watch me play.”

Maysonet will lead Stony Brook (10-2) on the road against No. 2 Montana State Saturday in the second round of the playoffs. It’s the second straight season Stony Brook has advanced this far. The Seawolves game will be broadcast on ESPN3 at 7 p.m.

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