Senior halfback Rob Romano took off on the second play from scrimmage and raced 51 yards for a touchdown and Bayport-Blue Point never trailed in a 34-7 win over Center Moriches Saturday in a Suffolk IV football game.
Romano rushed for 155 yards on 14 carries and added a 31-yard scoring run in the third quarter that helped the Phantoms increase their lead to 20-7 with 8:50 left.
"There's no better feeling than scoring," Romano said. "It is always great to score, but to be able to score and go up that early was even better for us."
Romano did most of the work for the Phantoms. He split carries with senior running back Ka'sean Watlington, who added a 17-yard touchdown with 9:03 left in the fourth quarter for a 27-7 lead.
"When you play a team filled with athletes you know it is going to be a rough day," said Bayport-Blue Point coach Eric Iberger. "We just stuck to the game plan and eventually we were able to break away and put a lot of points on the board."
After a first half dominated by the Bayport-Blue Point defense, Kryin Taylor got Center Moriches on the scoreboard when he returned the second half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to get them within 14-7.
The running duo of Romano and Watlington helped open the passing game for Bayport quarterback Rob Johnson, who threw for a pair of touchdowns in the season-opening win. His second scoring pass was a 93-yarder to wide receiver Anthony DeNicola with 6:53 left.
"Goal number one; accomplished," Iberger said.