Nijay Brown's FG in OT lifts Eastport-South Manor past Bellport, 31-28

Eastport-South Manor kicker Nijay Brown. (Oct. 19, 2013) Eastport-South Manor kicker Nijay Brown. (Oct. 19, 2013) Photo Credit: Bob Sorensen

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Nijay Brown kicked a 20-yard field goal in the first overtime to lead Eastport-South Manor (5-1) in its 31-28 win over Bellport Saturday in Suffolk III.

On fourth-and-goal with 27 seconds left in regulation, backup quarterback Matthew Kane dropped back to pass, couldn't find an open receiver and scrambled up the middle for the 5-yard score.

After Brown kicked the game-tying extra point, Bellport missed its subsequent 48-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.

The Sharks trailed by 14 with two minutes left in the first half when linebacker Justin Pugal intercepted a pass and returned it for a 60-yard touchdown with 1:45 left.

Mike Bianco had 14 tackles, three for a loss, and Pat Minogue added 10 tackles and three sacks. Cole Zeller had 27 rushes for 114 yards and a TD.

ESM tied a school record with five wins.

Subscribe to Newsday’s high school sports weekly newsletter for the latest stories, scores and photos about Long Island high school sports events.

You also may be interested in: