East Islip running back Justin Taveras (5) runs through the...

East Islip running back Justin Taveras (5) runs through the hole up the middle for a gain in the first half during the Suffollk Division III semifinal game on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at East Islip High School. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

You won't find their names in the boxscore. You'll rarely find them in front of the media. But ask senior quarterback Jack Hannigan and sophomore halfback Justin Taveras why East Islip wins -- and they'll tell you it's all about the offensive line.

"Those guys give it up for the team every week," Hannigan said. "We wouldn't be in the Suffolk championship without them. They work Monday through Friday and it pays off on Saturday. They do a great job."

They are tackles Jared Coupe and Pat Fitzpatrick, guards Kyle Nuñez and Anthony Pagnotta, center Christian Giacalone and tight end Chris Higgins. That unit helped East Islip grind out 270 yards on the ground in its 47-14 win Saturday over Miller Place before a crowd of 600 in a Suffolk Division III semifinal in Islip Terrace.

East Islip (9-1) will meet Sayville (10-0) for the Suffolk III title next Sunday at 4 p.m. at LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook University. Sayville won the regular season meeting, 49-17.

This is the eighth time in 10 years that East Islip will play for the Suffolk title, the previous seven in Division II.

"We're healthy the past two weeks," East Islip coach Sal J. Ciampi said. "And it shows. We're playing our best football. It was easy to motivate our players because there were plenty of opposing coaches who didn't feel East Islip was any good. We heard it all season that we weren't good."

The last two weeks, East Islip has been plenty good. Ciampi pointed to a healthy squad at full strength as to why they ran roughshod over Harborfields and Miller Place.

East Islip set the tone on the opening drive Saturday. Hannigan drove the Redmen 67 yards in seven plays in 4:05, capped by his 15-yard run. Justin Clark's kick made it 7-0.

"Our line took over," said Hannigan, who had 144 yards on 24 carries and two scores.

East Islip added to its lead when Taveras' 5-yard run finished a 55-yard drive. On the ensuing kickoff, Matt Bell bobbled the ball at his 8, scooped it and returned to the East Islip 1. Eric Romero-Cisneros plunged in to make it 14-7.

Hannigan and Taveras added short touchdown runs and Clark added a 32-yard field goal as time expired in the half and East Islip led 31-7.

East Islip's defense held Miller Place to 75 total yards.

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