Jelani Greene made some great moves Saturday. Newfield's senior wide receiver weaved his way through the Half Hollow Hills West defense for eight receptions, 118 yards and a score. And he broke three tackles and raced down the visitor's sideline for a touchdown on a 90-yard punt return.
Greene's biggest contribution was the game changer. He made a spectacular catch, leaping over double coverage on the Newfield sideline for a 38-yard gain on a third down and eight play from the Wolverines 2-yard line.
"It was the biggest play of the game," said Newfield quarterback Ryan Klemm. "He's amazing. He makes everything look smooth and easy."
Greene's first down reception ignited a 98-yard scoring march as Newfield broke a tie at 7 and went on to a 41-13 thrashing of top-seeded Half Hollow Hills West Saturday in a Suffolk Division II football game before a crowd of 1,100 in Dix Hills.
Klemm completed the six-play, 98-yard drive with a 45-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Elijah Riley for a 13-7 lead with 11:45 left in the half.
"I have two great receivers in Riley and Greene," Klemm said. "We worked on our timing all summer and our offensive line was great."
Klemm had a near perfect day. He completed 17 of 20 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns. Riley added four catches for 76 yards and rushed for 57 yards.
Greene's best move came earlier in the summer when he transferred from Longwood to Newfield.
"I made the best decision of my life to come to Newfield," said Greene. "We moved into the district and the guys really made the transition easy through the entire process. My whole life has changed. My confidence, my outlook, my life and my schoolwork are all in so much better shape."
"He's happy and he's some player," said Newfield coach Joe Piccininni. "He's so athletic and allows us to be more creative. And our quarterback has obviously improved tremendously and is taking advantage of our athletes around him. These guys compete for each other, not for themselves."
Hills West (1-1) showed some firepower of its own. Alexander Filacouris returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score and the Colts led 7-0 just 15 seconds into the game.
The Wolverines responded immediately with a 12-play, 70-yard drive capped by a Klemm 5-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Israel to tie it at 7 with 5:36 left in the first quarter.
Riley's 19-yard reception put the Wolverines inside the 10 and set up Israel's score.
"They crushed us last year and this shows nothing is guaranteed," Riley said. "We spread it around against their defense and Ryan played really well."
With the score knotted at 7, Hills West drove to the Newfield 3, before defensive end Dylan Ferrari stripped the back and outside linebacker Steven Hoynacky recovered at the Wolverines 2.
"I was in coverage and saw the ball loose," Hoynacky said. "And I jumped on it. It turned out to be the complete game changer."
The teams traded touchdowns before Newfield took control. Hills senior halfback Lucas DiGiorgi rumbled 50 yards up the middle untouched for a score and Newfield's junior Justin Ottenwalder went 45 yards for a touchdown as the Wolverines led 20-13 at the half.
"They came out and dominated the second half," said DiGiorgi, who had eight carries for 81 yards. "But we'll figure it out and see them in the playoffs."
The Newfield defense held the Colts offense scoreless in the second half. Colts quarterback Anthony Lucarelli, who was under heavy pressure most of the day, completed 5 of 19 passes for 70 yards.
"Our defensive line kept him moving," Riley said.
And Klemm went back to dissecting the Colts secondary completing 8 of 9 passes, including a 15-yard TD pass to Greene to cap it.
"We're a confident team that plays a smart game," Piccininni said. "In the second half we put it together with our special teams and defense. And we used excellent field position to win."