Football: Anderson rushes for school-record 354 yards

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham running back Tyler Anderson, shown against Mount Sinai last week, rushed for 354 yards against Hampton Bays Friday.


If there was any reason to believe the Shoreham-Wading River football team might suffer a letdown after last week’s historic win over Mount Sinai, Tyler Anderson and his offensive line put those worries to rest on the first play from scrimmage Friday night.

Anderson took a handoff from quarterback Daniel Hughes, cut right and turned it up field for a 75-yard touchdown against Hampton Bays.

No Baymen even got a hand on him.

Later in the first quarter, at that exact same spot on the field, the Wildcats went back to the same play. And they got the same result.

A 75-yard touchdown up the right sideline from Anderson — again untouched.

It all added up to a blowout win for the Wildcats, 45-14, as Anderson set a school record with 354 rushing yards, breaking the previous mark of 328 he set last year at East Hampton. He carried the ball 21 times.

Shoreham led 35-0 in the first half before Hampton Bays finally broke through when senior Taylor Catz busted a 62-yard run late in the second quarter.

The Wildcats improved to 4-1 in Division IV heading into homecoming week next Saturday when they’ll host Bayport-Blue Point. Next week will be the first Saturday afternoon game for the Wildcats, who opened the season with a Thursday game and then four straight Friday night games.

Shoreham junior Aaron Harley-Rey scored his first varsity touchdown on a 39-yard pass play that made it 28-0 early in the second quarter. Hughes faked a handoff to Anderson, drawing in the defense as he rolled to his left. Wide receiver Isreal Squires was rolling with him and would typically be the main target on the play. But Hughes saw his fullback streaking wide open over the middle and unleashed a perfect pass to Harley-Rey.

It was the first touchdown of the game from someone other than Anderson, who ran in the first three Wildcats’ scores.

Squires added two touchdowns in the second half, one a 7-yard pass play from Hughes and the other a 46-yard run that capped the scoring.

Senior Zach McAuley drilled a 37-yard field goal for Shoreham.

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