An hour and a half before kickoff, the streets of Higbie Lane and Udall road were packed with fans as the community lined up to watch the West Islip Homecoming Parade. The band, football players, cheerleaders, floats, Police, firetrucks and the Marines all participated in the festivities.
As kickoff rolled around, the fans packed the stands for the homecoming game between West Islip and North Babylon. West Islip won the toss and deferred to defend first. The West Islip Lions enter the game with a 5-0 record and the North Babylon Bulldogs enter 3-2.
West Islip’s quarterback, senior Eric Marzocca, started the scoring off in the first quarter with a touchdown. The first quarter ended with the Lions in the lead 7-0. The 2nd quarter opened up with a North Babylon touchdown to bring the Bulldogs within 1, 7-6. Later in the quarter, North Babylon had an opportunity to take the lead but failed to make the field goal that would have put them ahead by 3. Instead, West Islip scored to go up 14-6. It was all downhill from here for North Babylon. The Bulldogs fumbled the next possession and then gave up a punt return for a touchdown to go down 22-6. With just :10 on the clock in the 2nd quarter, West Islip scored again to take a 29-7 lead into halftime.
West Islip opened the 2nd half with a touchdown to increase their lead to 36-6. North Babylon would not go away. Late in the 3rd, the Bulldogs find the endzone and convert on the 2-point conversion to bring the score to 36-14. The Bulldogs added another touchdown in the 3rd to come within 15, 36-21, but it would not get any close. West Islip scored again in the 4th to close out the game.
West Islip defeated the North Babylon Bulldogs 43-21. #54 Joe Barcia was awarded the MVP honors for West Islip.
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