Andrew Ris put on quite a show in the Nassau II football final Friday night at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.
After catching two touchdown passes early in the game, Ris capped Carey's 20-16 win over Garden City in the final minutes when he intercepted Brett Stewart's long pass intended for wide receiver Chris Larkin on second-and-10 from the Garden City 28-yard line. Ris returned it to the Carey 33-yard line.
"We were expecting something deep," said Ris, who was in tight coverage when he made the pick, securing the ball on his stomach after snatching it out of midair. "I was ready to make a play on the ball and I knew that as long as I got under it that I could do it. I know I bobbled it, but it counts all the same. This feels pretty good."
Ris should feel pretty good about himself.
The senior wide receiver got Carey on the board with 2:17 left in the first quarter, catching a 21-yard touchdown pass from Ray Catapano. Dylan DeMeo's extra point made it 7-0.
And Ris was just getting started.
He scored his second TD with 9:19 remaining before halftime, this grab coming on a fade route to the corner of the end zone. The 6-yard touchdown pass from Catapano and DeMeo's conversion gave Carey a 14-7 lead.
"All week my teammates and coaches have been talking to me about taking advantage of my size," said Ris, who stands 6-2 and weighs 195. "Just throw it up to me and let me make a play. That's all I could ask for."
Ris finished with three receptions for 35 yards and the two touchdowns. He also punted three times for 116 yards.
"This definitely makes my high school career all the more memorable," Ris said. "It doesn't get any better than this."