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Riverhead and Jeremiah Cheatom shut out Smithtown West

Riverhead running back Jeremiah Cheatom (no. 20) runs

Riverhead running back Jeremiah Cheatom (no. 20) runs up the middle for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against Smithtown West. (Oct. 12, 2013) Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

Conventional wisdom would suggest that when Riverhead -- home to Jeremiah Cheatom, Newsday second-team All-Long Island running back -- met Smithtown West, the stamping grounds of Logan Greco, a dynamic running back coming off a 242-yard game, the proverbial sparks would fly.

Conventional wisdom, it turns out, was wrong.

"Smithtown West has one of the top running backs on Long Island," assistant coach Bill Hedges said. "I didn't expect a shutout."

The Blue Waves, behind Mike Von Bommel and Mike Drexel on defense, managed to stymie Greco and the Smithtown West offense, 21-0, in Suffolk II Saturday. The Bulls were previously undefeated and, now at 4-1, move into a first-place tie with Riverhead.

Cody Smith provided all the necessary offense in the second quarter, on scoring passes of 23 and 4, both to Jaron Greenridge. Smith was 11-for-13 for 172 yards. And Greenridge, who made five catches, had 87 yards.

Cheatom, meanwhile, got in on the action in the fourth. His run up the middle -- on which he burst through the scrum and cruised in untouched for a 10-yard score with 4:38 left -- provided the final margin. He had 34 carries for 164 yards.

Von Bommel, a linebacker, had 10 tackles and an interception, and Drexel, a defensive tackle, added eight tackles and a sack.

Ryan Hubbard added an interception.


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