By Janee Law
The stadium at the Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School was packed Friday for the Seahawks' homecoming game. The Seahawks put on a show for the crowd, dominating the Carle Place-Wheatley Frogs, 20-0.
The homecoming victory continues the Seahawks' undefeated season, pushing the team to 5-0 in Nassau Conference IV.
“I thought the team played very well. Homecoming is a big day and a special day for the seniors,” coach Jon Mendreski said. “I think the underclassmen understood that and the seniors knew it was their last one, so they wanted to make it special and they did, which was good.”
With less than six minutes remaining in the first quarter, senior wide receiver Kevin Winkoff caught the first touchdown of the game on an 11-yard pass from senior quarterback Teddy Bentley. A successful extra point from senior kicker Eli Gordon pushed the score to 7-0.
The Seahawks continued the tempo in the second quarter as senior wide receiver Hunter Guarneri reeled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Bentley with less than nine minutes left. Winkoff scored another touchdown for the Seahawks six minutes later, off a 25-yard pass from Bentley. Gordon’s kick brought the score to 20-0.
The third and fourth quarters were scoreless, as the Seahawks’ defensive line continued to hold its ground. “At that point, we had the game in hand so we were trying to burn the clock and get out of there with our win,” Mendreski said. “We didn’t take our foot off the gas, but we were just trying to run the clock and get out of there with a win.”
In addition to the three passing touchdowns, Bentley went 9-for-13 for 146 yards in the game, and senior running back Connor Cassidy had nine carries for 104 yards.
Senior wide receiver and defensive back Aidan Hinphy, senior tight end Jamie Libretti, and junior offensive lineman Chris Romanoff each recovered fumbles in the win as well.
Mendreski said the team plans to take it one game at a time, “keeping everything in perspective” for the remainder of the season.
Between the action, fans were also entertained by Cold Spring Harbor’s marching band, and halftime performances by the junior varsity and varsity cheerleading teams.
The school’s 2017 homecoming king and queen, Liam Kaley and Maddy Standerwick, were also announced during halftime.
The Seahawks are scheduled to travel to Clarke to face the Rams on Saturday at 2 p.m.