Saying goodbye to the season
BY ZACK PANARIELLO
BAY SHORE—Even though things were looking good for Bay Shore early, on Oct. 28, the Longwood Lions threw away the Bay Shore Marauders’ playoff hopes, beating them by a score of 46-13 in a game that the Marauders needed to win to get into the playoffs. Unfortunately, after that good start, things would quickly go downhill and the Lions didn’t look back.
Early in the second quarter, Marauder quarterback Richie Arnett threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Nolan Epps, giving Bay Shore an early 7-0 lead. Just over a minute after, Longwood runningback Elrich Bowlay-Williams had a five-yard touchdown run, but Longwood was unsuccessful in their two-point conversion attempt, keeping Bay Shore ahead 7-6. With 5:07 left in the half, Lions’ quarterback Noah Rattmer ran the ball 15 yards into the end zone to put Longwood on top 12-7, after another failed two-point conversion. And then with just 0:02 seconds remaining, receiver Troy Terry caught a three- yard touchdown pass from Rattmer, putting the Lions up 18-7 going into the half with a two possession lead.
The first half of the third quarter was fairly uneventful, but with 5:08 remaining in the quarter, Williams had his second touchdown run of the day for the Lions, increasing the lead to 24-17. With 0:45 left in the third quarter, Williams continued his big day with his third touchdown run.
With only 7:55 left, the Lions began to put the game away as Bryan Rodriguez had a 49-yard touchdown run, increasing the lead to 38-7. Bay Shore would score again with 7:16 left, cutting the lead to 38-13 after a failed two-point conversion try. Longwood would score one more time before the final snap and would go on to win.
It was a heartbreaking end to the Bay Shore Marauders’ season, as they missed the playoffs by just a single game. And it was a sad way to say goodbye for the Bay Shore seniors, as this was their final game in a Marauder uniform.
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