Panthers Win Class IV L.I. Football Championship

There was no stopping Babylon’s Eric Schweitzer (126 yards on 18 carries) in the Long Island Class IV title game on Dec. 1 at Stony Brook University’s LaValle Stadium.
Schweitzer, a standout junior running back, led the Panthers to a 48-18 victory over the Nassau County champion Roosevelt Rough Riders by notching six rushing touchdowns, which tied him with two former Long Island football standouts for most rushing scores in a Long Island championship game.
Babylon and Roosevelt met three times in the LIC since 1997, with each game decided by 16 points or less. On Dec. 1, the Panthers proved that the fourth meeting between the two storied rivals would be more decisive. Babylon opened a 34-6 lead by the half, and Schweitzer sealed the victory with two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Nick Santorelli added 136 yards on 12 carries, and showed off his arm with 81 passing yards. The victory earned the Panthers (12-0) their fifth Long Island football championship in program history.