The East Hampton football team played Greenport at home on Saturday and lost, 28-7, falling to 0-2 in Division IV. Like their previous game against Mount Sinai, the Bonackers played well at times in the first half but were also hampered by mistakes, including two lost fumbles deep in Porters territory.
The game was a defensive struggle for much of the first half. Greenport punted on its first three possessions and had a successful fake punt on its second drive called back due to a penalty. East Hampton punted twice and lost two fumbles on its first four drives of the game.
East Hampton defensive back Thomas Nelson intercepted the Porters in the second quarter, giving the Bonackers the ball in Greenport territory. The Bonackers converted that turnover into a touchdown, a four-yard scamper by quarterback Cortland Heneveld to make it 7-0. Greenport returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown but the play was called back due to an illegal block by the Porters. Despite the penalty, Greenport wound up with the ball deep in East Hampton territory and tied the score at 7-7 on three-yard run by Bill McAllister. The Porters’ drive was aided by a pass interference call against the Bonackers in the end zone.
The Porters received the second half kickoff and were driving down the field when, facing a third and long, their quarterback kept the ball. He was hit hard by a Bonacker defender, forcing the ball loose. A mad scramble for the loose ball ensued with a Porter lineman ending up with the ball and rumbling forward before stepping out of bounds just a yard short of the first down.
Greenport lined up on the fourth and one and a hard count drew East Hampton offside, giving Greenport the first down. On the next play the Porters took the lead, 14-7, on running back Frank Sierra’s five-yard touchdown run.
East Hampton was unable to move the ball on its next possession and punted the ball back to Greenport. The Porters again put together a solid drive and scored on a three-yard touchdown run by Sierra near the end of the third quarter, making the score 21-7.
Following a touchback on the ensuing kickoff, the Bonackers were able to move the ball well on the ground and were near mid-field when they faced a third and long. Heneveld dropped back to pass and threw the ball to Nelson but the Porters had double coverage and the ball was tipped and intercepted by the visitors. Greenport continued to run the ball well and again scored on a short run to seal the victory at 28-7.
East Hampton will visit Elwood/John Glenn (1-1) for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday.