Porters bring Martilotta his first win
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Tom Filipkowski ran for one of his two touchdowns for Greenport/Southold/Mattituck/Shelter Island in its win over Wyandanch.
When it was over, after the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck/Shelter Island Porters football team had soundly beaten the Wyandanch Warriors, 35-6, last Thursday afternoon to give Jack Martilotta his first win as the Porters’ head coach, his response was typical. In his low-key way, Martilotta said, “It felt nice.”
The Porters (1-1 in Suffolk County Division IV) thoroughly dominated the game right from the start. Tom Filipkowski capped the Porters’ opening 60-yard drive by slicing off left tackle and racing 35 yards for a touchdown. Taylor Lindsey then caught a two-point conversion pass from Mike Mangiamele.
After the Warriors (1-1) had a long touchdown run on a busted play, the Porters drove right back down the field with Filipkowski bursting up the middle for a seven-yard touchdown run.
Martilotta said that with running back Ryan Malone (79 yards on 11 carries) “a little sore, we went to Tom a little more to take some of the load off of him.”
When Mangiamele scrambled for a five-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, the Porters led, 22-6. Mangiamele then capped the half by hitting Yianni Rauseo (three receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns) with a 10-yard touchdown pass over the middle. The Porters led, 28-6, at the half.
Mangiamele and Rauseo hooked up one more time, this time in the third quarter, on an electrifying 78-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline. Dan Canales booted his fourth extra point of the game.
It was a solid all-around game for Mangiamele. He completed 5 of 9 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he ran twice for 30 yards and one score.
Martilotta said he was pleased with his team’s passing game.
On defense, the Porters were sparked by defensive end Chris Shantz, who had eight tackles and two sacks.
“Every week, we look at films of the strength of our opponent and we try and stop them,” Martilotta said. “It worked out well. Wyandanch has some very good athletes, but we hit hard and swarmed after the ball. Except for the one busted play, we did a good job.”
Martilotta was pleased by the fact that his team had only one turnover and two penalties. The Porters had no penalties in their season-opening loss to the Babylon Panthers.
“Being a disciplined team makes it easier,” he said. “We’re not handing over 10 yards at a time.”
The Porters, and their new head coach, earned their first win.
“It was good to get it,” Martilotta said, “but I plan on getting more.”