It was an unforgettable season for the Westhampton 11U PAL youth football team, as the Hurricanes ran away with the Division III Championship in a 26-14 victory over Comsewogue on November 8 at Westhampton Beach High School.
The victory not only clinched the title but also an undefeated season—Westhampton finished with an unblemished 10-0 record. The Hurricanes outscored their opponents, 208-79, throughout the season.
Westhampton had defeated Patchogue/Medford, 26-12, on October 26, and Smithtown, 20-12, on November 2, to reach the championship game against Comsewogue.
Rick Freda, who has been head coach of the Hurricanes the past four years, had encouraging words for his players following the victory: “You never gave up, you played your hardest and left everything you had on the field. For that alone you can call yourself champions.”
Ethan Aube scored the first touchdown for Westhampton, and Aidan Cassara added two more scores on the ground. Liam McMunn and Matthew Daleo added the extra points.
Daniel Cooper and Ian Recchion provided the two-quarterback attack for the Canes, while Aidan Garcia joined Aube and Cassara in the backfield. Eric Schaumloffel anchored the offensive line at center and was joined by Michael Amitrano, Jayden Holmes, Hank Scherer, Jack Maloney, Anthony Mattera and James O’Neil.
The defense was held together by Aube, Maloney, Mattera, Amitrano, Cassara, Holmes, Garcia, McMunn, Kai Barry, Gonzalo Garcia, and Ty Murphy. Matthew Gomez, Aidan Quinlan, Dillon Canavan, George Spadafora, Evan Caldwell, Matt Giere, Collin Springer, Tomo Freda, Nick Loiola and Albenzie Mancino made up the rest of the squad. It was the largest team ever assembled for a Westhampton PAL team, with 27 players, according to coach Patrick Aube.
Freda was joined on the sidelines by Aube, Frank Cooper, Joe Recchion and Mike Mattera.