Most of Rocky Point's football players had the letters "RF" inked on their white socks in light-blue magic marker Saturday. It was their way of showing solidarity behind quarterback Harry Lynch, whose family lost a dear friend, 16-year-old Robert Flaherty on Tuesday.
"During the game, my teammates would point to their socks and then point to me," Lynch said. "They are the best teammates in the world."
And Lynch reciprocated the gesture by pointing his team in the right direction. Host Rocky Point, which was 0-8 last season, continued its remarkable turnaround by beating Hauppauge, 35-7, in a duel of Suffolk Division III teams who both entered the game unbeaten at 3-0.
Lynch was elusive and efficient in running Rocky Point's read-option offense. He completed 5 of 7 passes for 79 yards and three touchdowns and added a 2-yard TD run. He also made clever ball fakes and daring pitches to spring his backfield mates for numerous big runs.
Sean Orlando carried five times for 84 yards, including a 48-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Alex Borjas carried four times for 62 yards, including a 35-yard run that set up Rocky Point's first touchdown -- scored by Borjas on a 9-yard reception. Jack Sullivan added seven carries for 53 yards.
Sullivan led an aggressive defense with three sacks and Borjas contributed two sacks. Each had a strip sack that turned into a Rocky Point recovery as the Eagles broke open a game that they led only 14-0 at halftime.
"We made some adjustments," said Borjas who moved between cornerback and linebacker depending on the situation. "On defense, I do what I want.
That's appropriate because coach Craig Perrino said, "We call him 'the adjustor.' We move him around, and he adjusts to make big plays."
In improving to 4-0, Rocky Point scored the first 35 points before sending in its subs in the fourth quarter. Hauppauge quarterback Tom Balcom completed 11 of 17 for 148 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked five times.
"These kids play hard. They crank it up when the ball goes in the air," Perrino said.
They are enjoying their newfound football success. "There's a little buzz here for football," Borjas said. "That gets us excited. We are smaller than almost every team, but we are so fast and so athletic teams can't stay with us."
Perrino said he knew this team could be special when, "Two weeks after our final game last year, every kid was in the weight room."
That includes Lynch, who at 5-5, 135 pounds doesn't exactly look like a pump-you-up kind of guy.
"But he fits what we do offensively," Perrino said. "He's a great point guard and that's how he plays quarterback. He distributes the ball and makes good decisions."
One of those yesterday was a 26-yard slant to his cousin, Brian Lynch, for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter that made it 28-0. They both could point to their socks with pride.