by Shawn Manuel
On an unusually warm autumn day in Long Island, the West Islip Lions were excited and prepared for their annual homecoming rivalry game against cross-town foe, the East Islip Redmen.
The first quarter started and ended as a defensive battle. Both the Lions and the Redmen had a tough time getting anything going, each team focusing on unsuccessful running attacks. The first score would come in the second quarter off a two-yard run from East Islip running back, Frank Artura. The Redmen added to the lead minutes later when the United States Marine Corps Rivalry Series MVP, Sean Moller, caught a 21-yard pass from Mike Rooney.
West Islip returned to the field for the second half down by 14 and looking to turn the tables. To their surprise, East Islip came out with the same intensity they displayed in the first half and pushed the lead to 21-0. The Lions finally got on the scoreboard when Kyle Kerrigan picked up a fumble and returned it 40 yards. West Islip however, just could not stop the Redmen’s offense, and East Islip went on to win the game 30-7.
The East Islip Redmen would be the spoilers of the afternoon by reclaiming the Great American Rivalry Trophy at the conclusion of their opponent’s homecoming celebration.
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- East Islip vs. West Islip – 2009