Quarterback Jack Cheshire lit it up on senior night in Sayville. The senior passed for five touchdowns and a school-record 500 yards in a 47-21 win over previously unbeaten Westhampton Beach in a Suffolk League VI football game Friday night.
The win enabled Sayville (4-0) to clinch the league title and the top seed in next week’s Suffolk Division II semifinals. Westhampton (4-1) earned the second seed and will meet East Islip, the Suffolk League V champion, in the other semifinal.
Cheshire, who completed 19 of 28 passes overall, had it going with wide receiver Nathan Casaburi as the pair connected for three first-half touchdowns and helped the Golden Flashes open a 26-7 lead.
The first touchdown came on a 4-yard toss to Casaburi to cap a seven-play, 75-yard drive on the opening possession for a 7-0 lead.
The next score came on a third-and-10 throw that Casaburi turned into a 50-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
"I told them to take what they give you," Sayville coach Reade Sands said. "And Jack had an extremely good night."
Westhampton Beach quarterback Christian Capuano answered with a 79-yard touchdown pass to Owen Spizuoco to cut the Golden Flashes’ lead to 14-7 with 6:34 left in the half.
Casaburi came across the face of the defense and Cheshire, in a scramble, found his target for a 22-yard touchdown and a 20-7 lead.
"I felt so good tonight," said Cheshire, who has thrown 13 touchdown passes in four games. "There was so much energy from the crowd and my whole family was here. Everything was clicking. Guys were running great routes and getting wide open and the line was giving me plenty of time."
The Sayville defense forced a Hurricanes punt after linebacker Charlie Sands sacked Capuano for a 17-yard loss.
Cheshire took over at his 49 and immediately found a diving C.J. Messina for 49 yards to the Westhampton 2. On the next play, Cheshire ran it in for the 26-7 halftime lead.
"We know all about excellent Sayville quarterbacks," Westhampton Beach coach Bryan Schaumloffel said. "He’s an excellent player with great receivers."
Westhampton closed to within 26-14 when Capuano threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Deegan Laube with 6:49 left in the third quarter.
Cheshire then threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to Messina, who finished with eight catches for 257 yards. On the ensuing possession, defensive end Max Llewellyn strip-sacked Capuano and scored on a 5-yard fumble return for a 40-14 lead.
"Finally, my first score," Llewellyn said. "I had one slip away years ago. Not tonight."
Cheshire’s final throw found Mack Murtha for 59 yards and a score to make it 47-14 with 10:25 left. In a classy move by Sands, Cheshire was removed from the game 41 yards from the Long Island record for yards passing in a game held by Commack’s Mike LaLuna and Lawrence’s Joe Capobianco.
Westhampton played without four two-way starters, including star halfback Aidan Cassara, because of COVID-19 contact tracing. Yet the Hurricanes played a gritty game and went toe-to-toe with Long Island’s top-ranked team.
"I’m very proud of our guys," Schaumloffel said. "We gave it what we had."