Whitman Crushes Centereach in Homecoming Celebration

Perfect way to end Homecoming.
Perfect way to end Homecoming.
Linebacker Mike Clarke #57 made a statement with tough physical play.
Linebacker Mike Clarke #57 made a statement with tough physical play.
Setting up his block by #82 Kolawalu Bambelu, running back Nykon Harrison #38 will find the end zone.
Setting up his block by #82 Kolawalu Bambelu, running back Nykon Harrison #38 will find the end zone.
Ouch! Whitman's Defense was unrelenting.
Ouch! Whitman's Defense was unrelenting.
Bermudez finds daylight and scores another touchdown.
Bermudez finds daylight and scores another touchdown.
Whitman's Joel Aleman #24 takes out Centereach's guard to open a big hole for running back Jaron Batts #10.
Whitman's Joel Aleman #24 takes out Centereach's guard to open a big hole for running back Jaron Batts #10.
This was a game that was won by the big guys: Harris, Carbon, Elmore, Whitehurst, Rizzo, and Clarke. Whether they were opening gaping holes for teammates Aleman, Batts, Harrison, Lindor, or Bermudez to run through, or crushing the opposing offensive players with sacks and turnovers, Whitman’s big guys, both offensively and defensively, stepped up big time, and it showed. Spectators could clearly see that Whitman was playing at an extremely high level of intensity. Whether it was 2 or 20 yards away, you could feel the impact of players giving everything they had.

In the end, the Wildcats racked up an impressive victory, beating Centereach 51-24. They banished a decade-long homecoming dry spell with their win on a sun-drenched, fan-filled day in front of friends, family, and special guests for Whitman’s Hall of Fame celebration. With their win, the Wildcats, under Head Coach Robin Rosa, will more than likely enter the playoffs for a second year in a row. The team is currently 4-3 in Division II and will face one of their toughest opponents when they travel to Riverhead on Saturday, October 27, for a 2 PM game.

Whitman opened the homecoming contest by scoring on their third play of the game when senior quarterback Mitchel Bermudez bolted through the middle, cut to the outside, and sprinted 52 yards into the end zone. Centereach failed to advance the ball, and their punt landed in the hands of sophomore standout Jaron Batts. With a couple of broken tackles, Batts was off on a 77-yard run that netted the Wildcats another touchdown. Whitman’s linemen continued to open daylight and shut down the opposing offense. Senior running back Joel Aleman ran for 176 yards on the day, including 2 touchdowns in the second quarter. Bermudez and Batts would each score again in the third quarter.  Berthin Lindor, Whitman’s speedy safety, would intercept and take the ball 35 yards for a touchdown, and teammate Nykwon Harrison would find daylight, sprinting for 26 yards to the endzone.  

The clock ran out on Centereach with the score 51-24. The Whitman fans emptied onto the turf field in celebration, capping a spectacular homecoming day on the Whitman campus. “If I had one word to sum up the weeklong homecoming celebration, it would be 'pride,'" said Whitman Principal Kathleen Acker. “I could not be more proud of the student body, the staff, the administration, and the community. I consider myself so lucky to be the principal of such a special high school. From color wars, to powderpuff football, to the pep rally, to the Homecoming Dance, to the Hall of Fame Celebration, to the parade, to the incredible Wildcats varsity football team’s 51-24 win over Centereach, the students exuded nothing but spirit and Whitman pride.” 



Stats as reported in Newsday:

Whitman - Football -- Varsity
Team roster
October 20, 2012 1 2 3 4 F
at Whitman 14 12 12 13 51
Centereach 0 0 12 12 24

Scoring: W- Bermudez 52 run (run failed) W – Batts 77 Punt return (Aleman run) W – Aleman 3 run (run failed) W – Aleman 47 run (run failed) C – Odister 77 run (kick failed) W – Bermudez 34 run (kick failed) C – Leonard 16 pass from DeLorenzo (run failed) W – Batts 32 run (kick failed) C – Leonard 5 pass from DeLorenzo (run failed) W – Harrison 26 run (kick failed) W – Lindor 35 Int return (Bustamante kick) C – Altebrando 1 run (kick failed)

Highlights: Whitman 51, Centereach 24: Joel Aleman carried the ball 16 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns and Mitchell Bermudez had 121 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries to lead Whitman (4-3) in Suffolk II. Whitman totaled 419 yards rushing in the game. Jaron Batts carried the ball five times for 64 yards and a touchdown and Nykwon Harrison had 43 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Michael Clarke led the defense with 12 tackles and Kieran Elmore forced a fumble and had two sacks.