Perfection—it is often sought after, but very rarely achieved.
The Westhampton Beach football team accomplished just that—an unblemished 12-0 season—after it defeated Lawrence, 54-26, for its first ever Long Island Championship in program history at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook University on Sunday.
It was also a record-breaking day for Westhampton Beach senior Dylan Laube, who topped off the season—and his high school career—in style, scoring six touchdowns to tie a Long Island Championship single-game record. He also set a new Long Island record for touchdowns in a single season with 46, passing the previous record of 45 set by North Babylon’s Jason Gwaltney, who achieved the feat back to back in 2003 and 2004.
Westhampton Beach head coach Bill Parry, who has been on the sidelines the past 21 years, said after the win that with so many injuries to start the season he didn’t think his team was going to achieve all that it has this season.
“I would have never dreamed that this was going to take place, to be real honest with ya. I would have bet against us,” he said. “It was the next-man-up mentality the whole year. A bunch of young kids stepped up until the older kids made it back and they were awesome. The older kids made it back and we just started rolling.”
As for Laube, who will begin his collegiate career next fall at the University of New Hampshire, Parry said he will never be forgotten.
“He’s broken every single record in Westhampton history, and now he’s broken the Long Island record,” he explained. “But Dylan is a team player, he’s a team guy. He didn’t care about the records, he didn’t care about any of that stuff. All he cared about was winning and that’s what I’ll remember about Dylan.”