If you thought East Islip would have a problem at quarterback this season with a starter who had never played the position before, you don't know Jack.
Jack Hannigan, that is.
The scrappy, undersized sophomore ran for 108 yards and one touchdown and passed for 139 yards and two more scores to lead host East Islip to a 37-0 Suffolk II victory over North Babylon Friday in a rare Friday afternoon game.
"We made him a quarterback in the summer and he keeps getting better and better each game," East Islip coach Sal Ciampi said. "He was on the varsity as a freshman playing running back, so we knew he runs well and we knew his passing would come along."
That was evident Friday when the 5-7, 170-pounder showed off his offensive versatility. On the first drive of the game, Hannigan hit Hugens Tranquille down the left sideline for a 32-yard touchdown pass. Later in the opening quarter, Hannigan bolted up the middle on a quarterback draw for a 24-yard score.
The QB draw was an effective play all afternoon, even though Hannigan is not your typical inside runner. "I just follow my blockers and try to get the most yards I can," he said. "The offensive line did a great job. There were a lot of holes out there. We were all on the same page."
That clearly was the case for Hannigan and his favorite target, Tranquille. The two sheepishly agreed they have had some communications issues, but not Friday. Tranquille smartly executed a stop-and-go move to score the game's first touchdown and caught five passes for 101 yards, including a 37-yard connection in the second quarter that set up a field goal.
"We worked on the stop-and-go in practice, so it was great to see it work," Tranquille said. "The running game definitely set up the passing game."
East Islip's defense produced good field position, recovering four fumbles. North Babylon (3-4) had only one good drive. The Bulldogs moved 58 yards in 14 plays to open the second half but were stuffed on fourth-and-2 at the East Islip 16, with Matt Raitz recovering a fumble on the rushing attempt.
"Everyone held their spots and did what they had to do," defensive tackle/guard Bobby Heyward said. "Our backs ran great, but we moved guys off the ball and made it easier for them. We controlled both lines of scrimmage."
Starter Erik Adon added a 22-yard scoring run and a 25-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass. Substitute Eric Flynn joined the party with a 60-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
"A complete effort," Ciampi said.
Especially by Hannigan, who is rapidly becoming a complete quarterback.