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Central Islip's Kevin Mowatt runs for 191 yards but Smithtown West wins

Smithtown West's Andrew Lapreziosa is congratulated by his

Smithtown West's Andrew Lapreziosa is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a touchdown against Central Islip. (Oct. 18, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Central Islip's Kevin Mowatt ran wild for the third week in a row, but Smithtown West scored on five straight possessions for a 42-20 victory over the Musketeers Friday night.

Last week, Mowatt became the second player in Long Island history to run for at least 300 yards in consecutive games when he rushed for 301 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns against Centereach. A week earlier, he ran for 361 yards and five TDs on 26 carries against West Babylon.

No Long Island back had ever run for at least 300 yards in three successive games, so Mowatt was looking to etch his name in the record books Friday night in Smithtown.

Mowatt finished with 191 yards on 29 carries against Smithtown West, breaking a 58-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and an 11-yard TD run in the fourth, but his contribution wasn't nearly enough before a packed Smithtown West crowd of more than 1,400 on senior night.

"He's a tough kid and we had to put hats on him to keep him from getting into the open field," Smithtown West defensive back Christian Zawadzki said. "We had a good week of practice in preparation. We knew once he got into space he was a burner."

Smithtown West halfback Andrew Lapreziosa, affectionately known as "Lightning'' by his teammates, did a little burning of his own Friday night.

Lapreziosa rushed for 93 yards on 13 carries and scored four touchdowns, including the game's opening score on a 4-yard run with 5:20 left in the first quarter. Zawadzki extended the Bulls' lead when he made an over-the-shoulder catch of a beautifully thrown 47-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Heldberg for a 14-0 lead.

The Bulls made it 22-0 on Lapreziosa's 13-yard touchdown run with 3:11 left in the half. It was set up by Zawadzki's 19-yard catch-and-run.

Lapreziosa also scored on runs of 8 and 22 yards.

The other half of the Bulls' dynamic backfield duo, halfback Logan Greco, exited with a deep thigh bruise in the first half and did not return.

It was a good bounce-back win for Smithtown West. The Bulls were beaten last week by Riverhead, 21-0, and responded with an excellent all-around effort against Central Islip, which had scored 124 points in winning its previous two games.

Smithtown West middle linebacker Kevin DeLuca returned an interception 37 yards for a score and Dan Cox, Billy Lyons and Paul Franco were standouts on defense.

"They are a very big and athletic team," Central Islip coach Joe Taormina said. "We're young and undersized, but we played to the final whistle, and that's all I can ask."

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