Floyd proves it's a top-notch program
Even within the walls of Floyd's football monolith, the outside whispers are heard clearly.
Sure, another Suffolk championship is nice, but about the next game? Yeah, all-everything running back Stacey Bedell is gone, but it's still Floyd.
Heavy is the head that bears the Class I crown. Hey, four consecutive county titles and four Long Island championships will do that to you.
"My team feels a lot of pressure," Colonials coach Paul Longo said before the game. "It's a good and bad thing -- we're supposed to be in this game. It's almost like being the Yankees. The expectations are so high and we have to win it all or our season fell short. It's a lot of pressure."
But what did all that pressure produce? Another Colonial diamond.
Quarterback A.J. Otranto put forth a sparkling performance and Floyd's underrated defense shined as the Colonials captured a second straight L.I. title, and fifth overall, with a 31-14 win over Farmingdale Thursday night at Hofstra. Floyd, with steady hand, etched another chapter into its recent history. The Colonials have built a dynasty in a decade. It is, perhaps, a short story, but this certainly is now a storied program.
"Over the last 12 years we've been in the county final 10 times and we've won nine of them," said Longo, whose program won its first county title in 2001. "Since 2005, we've won four . It's taken a lot of hard work from coaches and players, and it's been a phenomenal run; one that we're very proud of."
The Dalers lost quarterback Joe Valente to injury in the first quarter. But take nothing away from Floyd, which contained an offense that entered averaging 32.8 points. Linebacker Miguel Brennin had six tackles and a sack to lead the Colonials, who yielded 256 yards and forced five turnovers. Dylan Cotter recovered a fumble in the fourth, and Billy Kaastra's interception with 2:50 left iced it.
On Floyd's go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter, Otranto was pressured up the middle and calmly rolled left. He threw a perfect pass to Vantrell Nash on a deep corner route that went for 49 yards up the left sideline. And with 3:31 left in a competitive first half, the Colonials had a 14-7 lead and momentum. Otranto was 6-for-10 with 84 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 128 yards and two TDs.
"Even when you put pressure on [Otranto], it doesn't mean you've successfully defended the play," Dalers coach Buddy Krumenacker said before the game. "I think he's great under pressure."