Greenport/Southold came one step closer to realizing a preseason goal of a Suffolk IV playoff berth with a 22-0 win over host East Hampton yesterday.
Greenport/Southold (3-1) relied on a strong running game during a windy afternoon with Tristin Ireland rushing for 56 yards and a touchdown, putting the Porters a leg up in a 13-team league where eight make the playoffs.
"This is a really big step for us -- getting to the playoffs this year," said runningback Keegan Syron, who scored the game's first touchdown. "And this record we have, we're pretty close -- almost there."
East Hampton, which didn't field a varsity team last season, fell to 2-2.
The first of the Porters' three touchdowns came from Syron on a 4-yard run to the left side that put Greenport/Southold up 6-0 in the first quarter.
Ireland, who had 70 receiving yards, set up the second touchdown on a short pass from quarterback Dylan Marlborough at the 30-yard line. He ran down the right side, spun past a defender and made it to the eight-yard line.
"Passing wasn't really the go-to today," Ireland said. "It was kind of my time. I got to step up to the occasion and run the ball a little bit."
Marlborough faked a handoff and ran seven yards into the end zone for the second touchdown with 9:49 left in the second quarter, then hit Zack Holmes with the two-point conversion pass to make the score 14-0.
The Greenport/Southold defense stymied East Hampton for most of the afternoon. The Bonackers had excellent field position after kick returner Brandon Johnson took the opening kickoff 76 yards to the Greenport 6-yard line. But it was as close as they would get to scoring.
The Porters failed to capitalize on the big run and a 23-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Syron was equally good on defense. He anchored the unit with a team-leading eight tackles.