RECAP: Hubbard’s three scores give Riverhead last-minute county title

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | The Riverhead Blue Waves celebrate their second straight Division II county championship Friday night after a thrilling 21-14 win over East Islip at Stony Brook University.

Riverhead 20, East Islip 14
Stony Brook University, LaValle Stadium

Ryan Hubbard scored three touchdowns — one on a pass, one on an interception and an 84-yard game-winning punt return — to give Riverhead its second straight Suffolk County Division II title Friday night.

Hubbard crossed the goal line for the game-winning score with just six seconds left on the clock. The game had been tied 14-14.


It’s the first back-to-back championship in Riverhead football history.

“It’s way better [for me this year],” said Riverhead’s Jaron Greenidge. “Senior year and we’ve been through a lot. Nobody thought we could make it here, but we made it here. We came through adversity and our team really pulled it out big time.”

Riverhead led the game 14-0 at halftime, but East Islip (8-3) responded with second half touchdowns from Matt Walter and Erik Adon, who led all players with 123 yards on 25 carries.

Jeremiah Cheatom had 87 yards on 22 carries for Riverhead, which has now won seven county titles. Waves quarterback Cody Smith completed nine of 15 passing attempts.

The Blue Waves (10-1) will play Nassau champion Carey (11-0) at 4:30 p.m. next Friday for the Long Island championship.

To read a play-by-play recap from tonight’s game, click on the blog below:


JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | Riverhead fans were fired up for tonight’s Division II county championship game against East Islip.