The Great American Rivalry series honored two high school varsity football players – Doug Carpluk and Walter Westhoff – for athletic and academic excellence at an Oct. 15 home contest against rival Sayville. The two students were recognized in a special ceremony prior to the kickoff of the game, which was supported by the U.S. Marine Corps.
Carpluk, a kicker and first-year varsity player, is three for three this season on field goal attempts and 20 for 21 on extra point attempts. He has a weighted GPA of 105.8 and plans to pursue a degree in chemical and mechanical engineering at either Ohio State University, University of Alabama or University of Pittsburgh.
Westhoff, a three-year varsity player, has started every game this year at left tackle. He has a weighted GPA of 105.9 and will attend Hamilton College in upstate Clinton next fall, where he plans to major in economics.
“These students excel both on the field and in the classroom, and we are proud of their recognition by Great American Rivalry,” said Athletic Director Stephen Restivo.
In the ensuing Great American Rivalry game, the 4-2 Redmen played hard in a 34-12 loss, but the undefeated Golden Flashes, in the midst of a 17-game winning streak, proved a tough opponent. Kyle Fleitman scored twice for East Islip.
Showcasing top high school football rivalries across the nation, the Great American Rivalry Series was created 12 years ago to celebrate the central cultural role of high school football for American families and communities..