On This Day in History | 1997

The '97 Bears
The ’97 Bears

The football team went into a Homecoming match-up with Shoreham-Wading River the owners of a 2-0 record and an average margin of victory of 37.5 points after dominant wins over #17 Southampton (34-6) and Port Jeff (48-0). By the end of the afternoon that margin would increase. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses blared from the loudspeakers as the Bears, in their navy and silver domes, emerged from the Field House and into the October sunlight.

It was clear from the outset it was going to be a long afternoon for the visitors.

The boys rudely welcomed the Wildcats, handing them a 47-6 defeat, punctuated by a kickoff return touchdown by Chris Drew. With the win the Bears improved to 3-0, outscoring their three opponents 129-12.

The Brook would go on to finish 6-2 before upsetting second-seeded Mt. Sinai in the semifinals of the Suffolk County playoffs.

It wasn’t a win, but quarterback Kevin Dowd led a 10-minute, 76-yard drive as Shoreham (0-3) scored its first touchdown as a varsity program in the first quarter. Fullback Ryan McMahon scored on a three-yard run for a 6-0 lead.

“Their kids really came to play today,” Stony Brook coach Steve Diehl said. “They really drove us down the field in that first quarter.”

That was all the Shoreham offense could muster for the day. Stony Brook (3-0) began a scoring blitz as wide receiver Chris Drew ran the ensuing kickoff back 85 yards for a touchdown and Kevin Graves hit the extra-point kick for a 7-6 lead. Drew added another touchdown for the Bears and halfback John Marvin returned a punt for the second time in as many games for another score. Stony Brook quarterback Derek Kenny threw two scoring passes, and has 10 on the season.

~ Newsday



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