Kocis' passing, Greene's tackling spark Huntington win
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A stifling defense and the arm of senior quarterback Ben Kocis was more than enough to send Huntington to the Suffolk III championship game.
Kocis completed 5 of 11 passes for 112 yards Saturday as the Blue Devils rolled past Bellport, 41-12. It was Huntington's second victory over Bellport in four weeks.
Huntington (7-3) will meet Sayville (6-4) for the county championship next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium. Sayville beat Huntington, 44-14, in Week 4 of the regular season.Kocis opened the scoring with a 49-yard touchdown strike to sophomore wide receiver Infinite Tucker helping the Blue Devils to a 27-6 halftime lead. The touchdown capped a five-play, 70-yard scoring march with 10:02 left.
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"It's hard to beat this team twice," said Huntington's senior linebacker Troy Greene, who had 14 total tackles. "We came together to earn this victory."
Greene, who anchored the defensive effort, was also effective with the ball as he finished with 103 yards rushing and two 1-yard scoring runs in the first half.
"[Levar] Butts is our guy who comes up and smashes people and Greene is our sleeker, slicker runner," said Huntington coach Steve Muller. "He's a big-time threat."
Bellport (5-5) kept it close in the first quarter. The Clippers' senior quarterback Nick Fountis hooked up with senior wide receiver Nick Constantino for a 5-yard touchdown to tie the score at 6 with 5:51 left.
That was as close as it would get as Huntington scored 21 straight points for a 27-6 lead.
Kocis added a 21-yard scoring run for a 34-12 third quarter lead.
Not lost in the play of Kocis and Greene, was the effort of the Blue Devils defense that limited the Clippers high-paced rushing attack to 47 yards.
Bellport's junior halfback Jabari M'Bhaso never got untracked against the pursuing Huntington defense. He finished with 31 yards.
"We're ran to the ball very well and didn't let them make any big plays," Muller said.