Westhampton Takes Inaugural Wildfire Cup

Gordon M. Grant
Senior running back Jaden AlfanoStJohn rushes with the ball.

Jaden AlfanoStJohn rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries to lead Westhampton Beach football to a 21-7 inaugural Wildfire Cup win against crosstown rival Eastport-South Manor on Saturday, October 26.

“They have tough kids over there. They’re well-coached,” Westhampton head coach Bryan Schaumloffel said prior to the game. “They’re always going to come over here looking to upset us.”

The Wildfire Cup is a way to connect the two neighboring districts through some friendly competition, and is named after the Long Island Central Pine Barrens 1995 Sunrise Wildfire. Schaumloffel said while the trophy is not yet ready, it will have fire department helmet plates from the districts mounted onto it. “This is also a way to honor to the local fire departments,” he said.

AlfanoStJohn’s one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter capped a 12-play drive and gave the Hurricanes (6-1) a 13-7 lead. The senior running back’s two-yard touchdown in the fourth increased the lead to 20-7. Senior linebacker Shavar Coffey made 13 tackles and senior linebacker Devin Koonmen finished with eight and an interception. Senior Jesse AlfanoStJohn, Jaden’s twin brother, had a sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery for Westhampton. Eastport-South Manor drops 0-7.

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