This game was as close to perfect as Nick Santorelli can get. Babylon's senior quarterback completed his first eight passes, including two for touchdowns, as the Panthers rolled to a 42-0 win over Port Jefferson Saturday in a Suffolk IV football game.
Santorelli completed nine of 10 passes for 126 yards in the first half as Babylon (3-0) extended its winning streak to 15.
"As a whole, I think we played pretty well," Santorelli said. "It's one more step closer to our goal, which is a Long Island championship."
The win was sparked by players such as junior running back Eric Schweitzer, who ran nine times for 64 yards and two short touchdowns in the first half as Babylon built a commanding 35-0 lead.
"The offensive line did everything for me, and I just went through the holes," Schweitzer said. "It's a great shutout. We did a good job all together."
Schweitzer's impact was felt on both sides of the ball. He forced a fumble at the 43-yard line that was picked up by senior linebacker Luke Zappia and returned for a touchdown with 10:49 left in the half, giving Babylon a 21-0 lead.
Babylon increased its lead to 28-0 when wide receiver Jake Carlock caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Santorelli. Carlock was wide open down the sideline for the score. It was the second touchdown pass for Santorelli, who connected with Ray Wardell for a 23-yard score in the first quarter. Wardell was covered well in the back of the end zone, but the ball was thrown high, where only the 6-5 receiver could make the catch. Port Jefferson defensive back Cody Steiner was all over Wardell in tight coverage.
Port Jefferson, which dressed only 21 players for the game, never quit. The Royals drove to Babylon's 32-yard line with 4:41 left in the game. On fourth down, Babylon junior defensive back Juawun Porter stopped Port Jefferson's senior fullback Hunter Reiter 2 yards from a first down. His open-field tackle preserved the shutout and the Babylon defense was able to hold Port Jefferson to 59 yards on 27 offensive plays.
"Port Jefferson is very tough. They're a good up and coming team," Babylon coach Rich Punzone said. "It was a nice win for us. We coach them and put them in the right spots, but they do all the work."
For Port Jeff quarterback Tyler D'Accordo, it was a long day, but he was pleased with his team's effort.
"We knew it would be tough but we're not that bad, we're not 42 points bad," D'Accordo said. "You have to look at the guy next to you and not let him down. You have to keep playing for him, your teammate."