The Babylon Panthers will ride a mountain of momentum into the 2013 Section XI football playoffs after winning their eighth straight game this season, and twentieth overall, with a 49-9 win over East Hampton on Saturday.
The Panthers, who have not lost a game since the playoffs in 2011, absolutely dominated the Bonackers from the start of the game, scoring 15 points in the first quarter and adding 27 in the second.
Quarterback Nick Santorelli had another reliably good day, throwing six-of-seven passes for 155 yards including two touchdowns. He also threw in a two-point conversion pass in the first quarter.
His receivers were on the mark as well, with senior Jake Carlock breaking two Babylon records with his game. Carlock pulled down three receptions for 91 yards, including a touchdown and the two-point conversion.
His 34 receptions on the season are a new Panthers record, along with 606 yards receiving on the year – breaking his own previous record of 598 yards.
Luke Zappia converted two touchdowns during the game, one on his only reception for 35 yards and the other on a 40 yard run during the game.
Senior runningback Eric Schweitzer brought up the rest of the ground offense with two touchdowns on six attempts for 71 yards during the game.
Babylon finishes its second straight regular season as the number one seed and a perfect record.
The Bonackers and Panthers will meet up again this Friday at Babylon Junior-Senior High School in the first round of the playoffs. The game will start off at 6 p.m.