For Andrew Ris, the view from the other side of the football hasn't been so bad, after all.
"Would I like to play quarterback? Yeah I would. But I'll do whatever is best for the team," said Ris, who lost his starting quarterback job to Ray Catapano last season after suffering a torn labrum in Week 2 and was forced to reinvent himself this season as a wide receiver.
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What is proving to be best for Carey is for Catapano to throw and for Ris & Company to catch. Catapano completed 14 of 19 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns Saturday, two short ones to Ris and a long ones to Matt Robison and Nick Spillane, as the Seahawks breezily won the battle of unbeaten teams in Nassau II, 28-0, over host Garden City.
"I came back this year and I fought for the job. But Ray is a good quarterback and he always does the right thing," said Ris, who played wide receiver in Week 3 last season, catching a game-winning TD pass but breaking his collarbone on the play, ending his season. He and Robison give Carey (4-0) two lockdown cornerbacks on a starting defensive unit that has not allowed a touchdown all season.
Garden City (3-1) didn't really come close to challenging that feat. The Seahawks contained multi-talented quarterback Brett Stewart (5 for 17 for 31 yards passing and 70 yards rushing on 16 carries. Linebackers Conor Colasurdo (7 tackles, 1 sack), Joe Lucito (8 tackles) and defensive end Tom Gallant (5 tackles) controlled the line of scrimmage.
Offensively, Catapano had plenty of time to find his bevy of receivers and Mike DeLeo kept the Trojans' defense honest by rushing for 98 yards on 14 carries. Carey started slowly, punting on its first two possessions. But then the Seahawks marched 74 yards in six plays, highlighted by a 31-yard completion to Dylan DeMeo (3 catches, 59 yards) and capped by a 12-yard hitch to Ris. DeMeo nailed the first of his four extra points.
Carey broke the game open with two touchdowns in the second quarter. One came on a middle screen to Robison (3 catches, 94 yards) that was snuffed out by GC. "They blew up the play," Robison said. "But I stayed patient, kept moving and got open. Ray hit me and I picked up blockers and went downfield."
Robison made a nifty stutter-step move to shake free and raced 63 yards for the score. Then Carey eliminated any suspense with an 87-yard scoring drive that featured a 19-yard run by DeLeo, a 27-yard completion to Robison and a 4-yard TD pass to Ris on a quick slant for a touchdown that made it 21-0 with 1:30 left in the half.
Catapano also hooked up with Spillane on a 54-yard deep route for a third-quarter touchdown. "We know if we get open, Ray can deliver us a good ball," Ris said.
Venerable Garden City coach Tom Flatley, with a career record of 249-41-7, was impressed. "They're really good. We haven't been beaten like that in a long time," he said.
As a matter of fact, Garden City historian and statistician Jack White confirmed that this was the Trojans' worst home loss since 1980 (Herricks, 44-0).
"We made big plays. That's what we do," Carey coach Mike Stanley said. "We can spread it out and that makes us tough to defend. We have a lot of guys doing different things."
Like a wide receiver who used to be a quarterback.