Playing with a heavy heart, Vinny Rosselli had a career performance for Islip Friday night.
The death last week of Rosselli's aunt, Marytherese Dirosse, gave him extra motivation heading into a key matchup against Hauppauge.
"I wanted to play good to honor her," Rosselli said. "She would always come support me at my games. She was a sweet person, kind soul, she was very loving. Always looked out for us, always brought us gifts."
Rosselli rushed for a career-high 260 yards and three touchdowns as Islip improved to 5-1 in Suffolk III with a 41-32 victory over Hauppauge.
"We needed to score, and they just kept giving me the ball," Rosselli said. "I felt good."
Rosselli's three scores all came in the second half. He opened the half with a 59-yard rushing touchdown and has nine total touchdowns this season.
"He’s not a big kid, but he’s super quick. He’s tough to get a good, clean hit on," Islip coach Jamie Lynch said. "We’re just trying to get him the ball in space the best we can… If you don’t have two or three guys on him, he gets to the end zone."
Wide receiver Jameson Seeger caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Joey Vitale in the second quarter, giving him six touchdowns on the year. That score gave Islip a 13-6 lead and they never trailed from that point.
"I always keep the mindset I’m going to run faster and jump higher than the person that is in front of me… when my name is called, I know I need to be ready." Seeger said.
The Buccaneers have won four straight.