Hurricanes Uphold Authority Over Hills West

Independent/Gordon M. Grant

Westhampton Beach maintained its dominance over its Half Hollow Hills West rival.

The 21-14 victory on Saturday, October 12, redeemed a 21-10 stunner that ended the Hurricanes’ 2018 season in the Suffolk County championship finale and also snapped a 22-game win streak.

Jaden AlfanoStJohn scored all three touchdowns for Westhampton in a battle of 3-1 teams atop the Division III standings, traveling 177 yards on 25 attempts. His first was a 70-yard carry with 6:30 left in the second quarter that with the help of Jackson Hulse’s kick tied the game at 7. He gave the Hurricanes a lead they would not relinquish when he capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run in the third.

Independent/Gordon M. Grant

But with 1:03 left in the game, things got a little too close for comfort when an Elliot Porter-to-Christopher Pappas touchdown pass brought Hills West within a score. It came after a five-yard punt gave the Colts the ball on the Hurricanes’ 15.

Shavar Coffey was there to save the day though after the recovery of an onside kick afforded Hills West one more possession. The senior linebacker forced an incomplete pass, pressuring quarterback John Jimenez out of the pocket for the road win. It keeps Westhampton Beach tied for second in the division standings with East Islip, which the Hurricanes will face Friday, October 18, at 6 PM. The two sit behind undefeated Sayville.

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