Ris, Carey rout Mepham in shutout
Carey quarterback Andrew Ris was just a sophomore and a back up, but he didn't like what he saw last year. It was just Week 2 in 2011, but Mepham was celebrating a 14-7 win over Carey on its home field and it left a bad taste in the Seahawks mouth throughout the offseason.
Ris and his Seahawks put those memories to rest as the junior quarterback threw for 132 yards and 3 touchdowns as Carey (1-0) defeated the visiting Pirates (0-1), 30-0 in its Nassau Conference II season opener.
"We’re aiming for a big win every week," Ris said. "How they celebrated on their field last year there was a bit of revenge to get (that win) back."
Ris, in his first year as a starting quarterback, showed poise in his season opener by driving his team 80 yards on Carey's first possession to give the Seahawks an early 7-0 lead.
Carey head coach Mike Stanley was impressed with his young quarterback's performance.
"I think everything he did was solid," Stanley said. "He ran the ball hard everytime and he had a quick game. He got the ball out of his hands fast and that’s what we needed to do."
Ris was throwing the ball with much effiency actually. Following Mepham's first possesion in which the Pirates went three-and-out, the junior quarterback again led his offense 65 yards down the field culminating in a 25-yard touchdown pass to Nick Spillane to give Carey a 14-0 lead.
It would be the first of two touchdown Ris would connect with the sophomore wide receiver.
"I just have a great telepathy with (Spillane)," Ris said. "He knows when and where I want to throw him the ball."
Spillane would have four receptions on the day for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
Not to be overshadowed was the Carey defense, which held the Pirates offense to -2 yards in the first three quarters. It was Carey's first shutout since October 23, 2010.
The Seahawks opponent in that game? Mepham.
"I thought we were very, very good on defense," Coach Stanley said. "Anytime you can post a shutout, you feel really good about it."
With a win like that, Carey certainly had a lot to feel good about its performance.