Eastport-South Manor picked up its first loss of the season on Sept. 13, falling on the road to Division 3 rival Kings Park, 27-6.
The Sharks’ record stands at 1-1.
Kings Park’s tough defense keyed on ESM running back Daniel Odell, who was limited to 63 yards on 15 carries, including a 2-yard run with 2:57 left in the fourth quarter for the Sharks’ only score. Odell rushed for 264 yards in ESM’s 21-6 win over Amityville in the season opener.
The Sharks could have put more points on the board, but the Kings Park defense squelched a pair of potential first-half scoring drives.
The Kingsmen recovered a Sharks fumble deep in Kings Park territory with 9:52 left in the first quarter. They also stopped ESM inside the Kings Park 1-yard line with 9:26 left in the second quarter.
“I knew they were going to be very tough,” Sharks head coach Chris Prokesch said of Kings Park, which improved its record to 1-2. “They lost to two very tough teams. They lost to Sayville and East Islip and they gave both of them a good effort. They were very scrappy and physical, so I knew going in it was going to be a very tough game.”
ESM relied mostly on its running game.
In addition to Odell, sophomore quarterback Max Ferraro rushed for 54 yards on 16 carries. He completed two of five passes.
“We didn’t break a lot of long runs,” Prokesch said. “It was a lot of 3- and 4-yard gains.”
Prokesch credited his team, which was down 27-0 at the end of the third quarter, with playing hard to the very end against a Kings Park team that always plays well at home.
“We ran for a lot of hard yards and we didn’t quit,” he said.
Safety Aidan Murfitt and middle linebacker John Izzo were the leading tacklers for the Sharks.
ESM has a tough schedule ahead. The Sharks will face both Sayville and East Islip later in the season.
Sayville travels to ESM on Oct. 6. The Sharks finish the regular season at home against East Islip on Oct. 27.