Jack Murphy three touchdowns lead Westhampton in Suffolk III semifinal

Westhampton quarterback Jack Murphy breaks into the secondary

Westhampton quarterback Jack Murphy breaks into the secondary on his way to a 14 yard touchdown run in the second half. (Nov. 17, 2012) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

The last time Westhampton played Miller Place it was no contest.

It was Oct. 20 and Westhampton, missing several starters on both sides of the ball, ended up on the wrong side of things and lost by 34 in a shutout.

The third-seeded Hurricanes turned the tables on No. 2 Miller Place in a Suffolk III semifinal Saturday and came away with a 19-14 victory.



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Jack Murphy was the offensive star for Westhampton (7-3). He was 15-for-20 for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score in the win.

Murphy's performance notwithstanding, it was the Hurricanes' opportunistic defense that set the tone as they thwarted three drives that made it into the red zone, including a stop on Miller Place's final drive.

Miller Place had the ball fourth-and-11 on the Westhampton 14 with 20 seconds left.

Any hopes for a last-second win were dashed by Westhampton linebacker Brian Corrigan, who sacked Miller Place quarterback Ryan Gray.

"We were pretty banged up," Westhampton coach Bill Parry said of his team's 34-0 loss to Miller Place on Oct. 20. "We were missing four two-way starters. But we got two of them back today and it really helped."

Corrigan, who had 12 tackles and two sacks, helped turn back Miller Place with 7:29 left in the fourth as he sacked Gray and forced a fumble on the Westhampton 25 that was recovered by Joe DiBenedetto.

Westhampton will face No. 1 Sayville (10-0), a 41-14 winner over Huntington, in the Suffolk III final next weekend at Stony Brook.

Sayville bested Westhampton, 35-7, during the regular-season meeting.

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