Big Plays Highlight Whitman Opener

Whitman QB Mitchell Bermudez on his way to his first touchdown of the year.
Whitman QB Mitchell Bermudez on his way to his first touchdown of the year.
Whitman’s Jaron Batts #10 fights for the ball as he covered Lions receiver Ryan Wieczorek
Whitman’s Jaron Batts #10 fights for the ball as he covered Lions receiver Ryan Wieczorek
The Wildcat Marching Band gave a stellar performance at Halftime.
The Wildcat Marching Band gave a stellar performance at Halftime.
Whitman's cheerleaders entertained the fans.
Whitman's cheerleaders entertained the fans.
Marching Band performing performed their 2012 field show, ‘Odysseus’
Marching Band performing performed their 2012 field show, ‘Odysseus’
Wildcat cheerleaders pumped up the crowd.
Wildcat cheerleaders pumped up the crowd.
Running back Berthin Lindor looks to the outside for some running room.
Running back Berthin Lindor looks to the outside for some running room.
Jaron Batts #10 looks for some daylight.
Jaron Batts #10 looks for some daylight.
The Marching Band takes to the field.
The Marching Band takes to the field.

It was the big plays the enabled West Islip to beat Whitman in their home opener. Both teams fought an even battle in the trenches, but when Lions quarterback Sam Ilario took the ball and sprinted 77 yards for his first of 2 touchdowns on the day, the Lions never looked back. But Whitman fought back with Wildcat QB Mitchell Bermudez scoring on a 15-yard run, only to take the ball again for the 2-point conversion and Whitman was right back in the game.

West Islip worked their way down the field with Ilario scoring on a 1 yard run. Again the Wildcats worked their way down the field but gave the ball back after an incomplete pass.  The Lions took over with wide receiver Nick Aponte catching a 38-yard pass from Ilario on the one-yard line and taking the ball into the end zone. A few minutes later the lions came up with another big play as their quarterback sent a pass down their own sideline with receiver Ryan Wieczorek out jumping Whitman’s Jaron Batts

The Wildcat defense toughened up in the second half keeping the Lions for scoring and allowed their offense to work the ball. Full back Joel Aleman finally was able to break several tackles and bolt 20 yards for a Whitman touchdown with 5:03 still remaining in the 4th quarter. Bermudez ran in the 2-point conversion. Neither team would score again as time ran out on the Wildcats with the score 28-16.

Whitman will play at Copiague next Friday, 9/14 at 7PM.