Football Faces a Challenge

Things are looking good in the first half as Nykwon Harrison celebrates a touchdown.
Things are looking good in the first half as Nykwon Harrison celebrates a touchdown.
Nykwon Harrison catching his first touchdown of the season.
Nykwon Harrison catching his first touchdown of the season.
Coach Robin Rosa talks with his quarterback Parrish Respass at halftime.
Coach Robin Rosa talks with his quarterback Parrish Respass at halftime.
Jaron Batts turns the corner for some daylight and a big gain.
Jaron Batts turns the corner for some daylight and a big gain.
Berthin Lindor #28, blocks the extra point attempt.
Berthin Lindor #28, blocks the extra point attempt.
The speedy Gerald Riley, #42, catches and brings down their running back.
The speedy Gerald Riley, #42, catches and brings down their running back.
The defense played hard right to the end.
The defense played hard right to the end.
Ruben Garcia #15 with the ball, looks for his blockers.
Ruben Garcia #15 with the ball, looks for his blockers.

 

When faced with the prospect of beginning your season playing against the top team in your division, there is only one way to look at it. “When you play the number one seed, on their turf, it’s an opportunity to step it up and execute,” said Varsity Football Head Coach Robin Rosa. The Wildcats got their opportunity this past Thursday afternoon, and they were tested in everything they did. 

The game was pretty even for the first quarter as each team and coaching staff felt out each other’s weaknesses and strengths. Starting the second quarter at 0-0, East Islip grabbed a fumble deep into the Wildcat zone and was poised to score. Whitman’s defense came on strong preventing a touchdown and the offense left with only 3 points. Both teams would score touchdowns later in the 2nd period.

Whitman’s score came on a 35-yard pass from quarterback Parrish Respass to Nykwon Harrison in the end zone. The first half ended with East Islip up 10-7.  “I like what I’m seeing,” said Coach Rosa at halftime. “My kids are playing hard, tackling hard, and running to the ball, we work hard, it’s who we are. 

The Wildcats struggled in the second half as the East Islip defense tightened their grip, and turnovers deep in the Wildcat zone were costly.  While the Wildcats showed sparks of solid play, a 20-0 unanswered second half proved too much to overcome. The silver lining in a difficult opening loss is obvious– you know where you need to work to improve, both as a team and individually. And, as coach Rosa mentioned earlier, these players are not afraid of hard work.  Whitman will be ready when they travel to Central Islip on Saturday, September 21st at 1:30PM.