Ris' opening TDs spark Carey win over Wantagh
Carey and Wantagh entered the 2013 season as two of the top contenders in Nassau II. Both teams held late leads over eventual champion Garden City in the playoffs last season and have their eyes set on dethroning the Trojans.
Behind a balanced and explosive offensive attack and a stout defense the Seahawks (2-0) made an emphatic early season statement by knocking off the Warriors 42-7.
"It's still Wantagh and they can score in a heartbeat and score a lot of points," Carey coach Mike Stanley said. "We had to keep the pedal down. There was not much of a relaxed feeling until the third quarter when we got up big."
Running back Andrew Ris capped Carey's first two drives of the game with short touchdown runs off of direct snaps, sandwiched around a Wantagh drive that saw the Seahawks stuff talented Wantagh back Michael Ferraro on third and fourth-and-short.
"We know they're a tough team," Ris said. "We just wanted to get out early and keep working forward and pushing them back into a hole. We did it because our defense shut them down and our offense can't be stopped going down the field together."
Wantagh (1-1) had a strong defensive stand late in the second quarter as it kept Ris and Mike DeLeo out of the end zone after four cracks from five-yards out.
The Warriors could not grab any momentum -- on the first offensive play after the stop Stephen Killard was intercepted by Erick Vilchez, who returned it 17 yards for a touchdown.
"That was great," linebacker and halfback Conor Colasurdo said. "When we turned it over on downs, to get that back, it just gave us all the momentum back."
Things didn't get any better in the second half as the Carey defense pushed Wantagh back 11 yards before forcing a punt on the opening drive. That's when quarterback Ray Catapano got in on the action, capping Carey's 40-yard drive with a 28-yard strike to Nick Spillane.
The Seahawks added another touchdown on its next drive when Catapano found Matt Robison over the middle for 17-yards.
Mike DeLeo capped the Carey scoring with a 16-yard TD run late in the third.
"It's hard for defenses to key in on one player," Stanley said. "We can spread the ball out pretty well and it's nice when the ball can go into multiple kids hands and we can still make big plays. It makes us really tough to defend."