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Alex Malhas kicks winning field goal for Babylon

Babylon wide receiver Jake Carlock completes the catch

Babylon wide receiver Jake Carlock completes the catch ahead of John Glenn's TJ Tiernan at the end of the second quarter of the Suffolk Division IV football game. (Sept. 14, 2012) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Alex Malhas, a member of Babylon's soccer team who missed the football opener because it conflicted with a soccer game last Saturday, didn't miss Friday night.

The 6-1, 190-pound senior booted a 28-yard field goal with 57 seconds left to give the Panthers a thrilling and dramatic 17-14 victory over host Glenn before a capacity crowd.

"As soon as I hit it, I knew it was good," said Malhas, who missed from 19 yards in the second quarter and had to endure a timeout before his winning kick.

The drive began on the Babylon 23 with 4:55 remaining in this Suffolk IV rivalry game between two teams with winning traditions. The first play produced its own drama when Jake Carlock caught a shovel pass from Nick Santorelli and hurdled a tackler on his way to a 26-yard gain.

But a recent rule change in high school football made such maneuvers illegal, and the Panthers were flagged, wiping out most of the yardage.

However, Santorelli made up for that on a crucial third-and-6 from the Babylon 28. The Panthers sent three receivers to the right -- its three playmakers Eric Schweitzer, Carlock and Ray Wardell.

Santorelli took the shotgun snap -- Babylon (2-0) has switched to the spread -- and instead of passing, sprinted to his right and followed his three receivers for a 36-yard gain. Santorelli gained 8 yards rushing on each of the next two plays before an incomplete pass.

Brian Los Kamp, who along with Wardell had the two Babylon touchdowns, gained 4 yards up the middle and Santorelli added another two, bringing up fourth-and-4. Too long to go for the first down, but not too long for Malhas.

The Knights (0-2) had tied it at 14 with 6:47 left when their quarterback, Matt Shanerman, made a huge play of his own. Hit hit Steve Orkiszewski over the middle on a third-and-6 for a 56-yard touchdown. Shanerman had also connected with Mike Tufano on a 15-yard TD in the first quarter that tied it at 7.

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