The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats capped off the greatest season in program history with a resounding win Sunday in the Class IV Long Island Championship. The Wildcats defeated Roosevelt, 47-13, at Stony Brook University’s LaValle Stadium to finish the 2014 season 12-0.
In a season marred by tragedy, the Wildcats rallied together on the field to honor the memory of their fallen teammate, Tom Cutinella, with a near flawless playoff run.
As the only Suffolk County team to win a Long Island Championship this year, the Wildcats would seem the clear favorites to be honored with the Rutgers Trophy as the top team in Suffolk. The Wildcats were the only unbeaten team in the county this season.
Shoreham quarterback Danny Hughes rushed for three touchdowns — on the heels of a six TD performance a week earlier — and also threw for another. Senior Isreal Squires scored a pair of touchdowns and intercepted a pass in the third quarter.
Shoreham trailed 13-7 late in the first quarter before scoring six unanswered touchdowns over the remainder of the game.
The Wildcats pulled away late in the second quarter. Chris Rosati scored on a 31-yard run with 7:10 left to give Shoreham a 20-13 lead. Shoreham’s defense came through with a key fourth down stop on a Roosevelt possession deep in Shoreham territory. The Wildcats got the ball back on downs and quickly capitalized when Hughes completed an 80-yard touchdown pass to Squires. Hughes rolled right, and connected with Squires near the sideline at the Shoreham 40. Squires turned up field and darted on an angle toward the left side, racing past two Roosevelt defenders and taking the ball all the way to the left sideline for a touchdown.
It was Squires’ second score of the game and put Shoreham ahead 27-13 before halftime.
The Wildcats trailed 7-0 and 13-7 in the first quarter. But they responded with a 20-0 second quarter.
Roosevelt star running back Shamari Kirkpatrick rushed for 110 yards in the first half and was mostly a non-factor in the second half.
Shoreham handed Roosevelt is fourth straight loss in the Long Island Championship game. The Rough Riders are 2-7 in the LIC since 2003.
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