Oceanside's Tyler Heuer, right, outruns Syosset's James Cohen to score...

Oceanside's Tyler Heuer, right, outruns Syosset's James Cohen to score one of his two touchdown runs. (Sept. 20, 2010) Credit: Joe Rogate

It was a gadget play that put Oceanside over the top, but the Sailors' 2-0 start is no illusion. This team is a contender in Nassau Conference I after its 41-14 win over visiting Syosset in a rare Monday afternoon football matchup.

On fourth-and-6 from Syosset's 39-yard line, Gene Garay took a handoff around the right end. With a defender bearing down on him, he threw the ball across the field to quarterback Tyler Heuer, who launched a pass that landed in Joe Swanson's hands on a gorgeous over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone.

"That catch was crazy," Swanson said. "I saw Tyler throw it up and I knew I was going to go and get it."

The touchdown put Oceanside back up by two scores with 1:29 left in the third quarter. "It's something we have in case we get into situations where we don't know what to call," Oceanside coach Rob Blount said.

Added Heuer: "Swanson made a great catch. I just wound back [on the throw] and he made the catch."

The Sailors led 20-0 at halftime, but Heuer threw interceptions on back-to-back passes in the third quarter that led to a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs by Syosset's Jordan Zeidman to make it 20-14.

"I told them it was my fault and I was going to take them down the field," Heuer said, "and I did."

The drive may have concluded in unconventional fashion. but Heuer completed a 16-yard curl to Chris Hughes on third-and-8 from their own 29, and also hit Garay for 6 yards on the scoring drive.

Heuer finished 8-for-18 for 154 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and rushed for 109 yards and another two scores on 13 carries. He has had a hand in nine of the 10 offensive touchdowns Oceanside has scored in its first two games. The Sailors joined Freeport and East Meadow as the lone 2-0 teams in Conference I.

"For the program, it's a huge statement win," Blount said. "Lot of rustiness with the big layoff, but we're just excited to get a win against the [preseason] No. 2 seed."

The game featured eight turnovers, including five by Syosset, which hadn't played since its 20-14 win over Uniondale on Sept. 6. The last of the Braves' four fumbles resulted in Heuer's 1-yard TD run that made it 34-14, and Michael Pignotti capped the scoring when he stepped in front of Dylan Shangold's screen pass and returned the pick 29 yards for the score.

Shangold replaced Alex Contino after the starter fumbled a snap with 9:39 remaining in the third quarter.

"It definitely took some time to get going," Syosset coach Paul Rorke said. "You can't be successful when you turn the ball over five times."

Nick Sherry recovered two Syosset fumbles and scored Oceanside's first TD on a 2-yard run. His score was conventional - Garay to Heuer to Swanson was not.

But it was just as successful.

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