Conventional wisdom would suggest that when Riverhead -- home to Jeremiah Cheatom, Newsday second-team All-Long Island running back -- met Smithtown West, the stamping grounds of Logan Greco, a dynamic running back coming off a 242-yard game, the proverbial sparks would fly.
Conventional wisdom, it turns out, was wrong.
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"Smithtown West has one of the top running backs on Long Island," assistant coach Bill Hedges said. "I didn't expect a shutout."
The Blue Waves, behind Mike Von Bommel and Mike Drexel on defense, managed to stymie Greco and the Smithtown West offense, 21-0, in Suffolk II Saturday. The Bulls were previously undefeated and, now at 4-1, move into a first-place tie with Riverhead.
Cody Smith provided all the necessary offense in the second quarter, on scoring passes of 23 and 4, both to Jaron Greenridge. Smith was 11-for-13 for 172 yards. And Greenridge, who made five catches, had 87 yards.
Cheatom, meanwhile, got in on the action in the fourth. His run up the middle -- on which he burst through the scrum and cruised in untouched for a 10-yard score with 4:38 left -- provided the final margin. He had 34 carries for 164 yards.
Von Bommel, a linebacker, had 10 tackles and an interception, and Drexel, a defensive tackle, added eight tackles and a sack.
Ryan Hubbard added an interception.