For the past three years the Floyd football team has ended Sachem North’s season. And all three of those losses have come in the Suffolk Division I championship game.
Falling short in the title game has become an albatross for Sachem North coach Dave Falco and his program. Floyd always gets in the way of Sachem North’s bid for a Long Island title.
The only time the Flaming Arrows earned a place in the Long Island Class I championship game was in 1995.
Floyd will be the hurdle for Sachem North again this year. Only this time, the round and the venue changes. The Colonials will travel to play at Sachem North in tomorrow night’s Division I semifinal game in Lake Ronkonkoma at 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on MSG Varsity’s Friday Night Football on Cablevision’s channel 14 in the tri-state area.
“It’s an exciting matchup with two teams that are playing very well,” said Floyd coach Paul Longo. “We have an incredible history against one another.”
Longo has guided the Colonials to eight Division I titles and four Long Island Class I crowns in the past 11 years. Colonials quarterback A.J. Otranto will stretch the defense with his strong arm and a quartet of receivers, including All-Long Island receiver Vantrell Nash. He will balance the passing game with a dynamic running attack led by Chris Faison and Diamonte Corley.
Falco has led the Flaming Arrows to a fabulous 35-6 record over the last four years, the best record in all of Class I during that span. Sachem North also ended Floyd’s 40-game regular season record winning streak in the 2009 opener.
He will rely on a superior offensive line with Steven Mills, Nick Dirosse and Bryan Gresalfi to give star halfbacks Malik Pierre and Kevin Bragaglia running room. The Flaming Arrows defense could get a tremendous boost by the return of top linebacker Tyler Andreassi.
“It promises to be a great game,” Falco said.
Lawrence vs. Valley Stream South, at Hofstra, 4:00 p.m.: Lawrence's offense is as exciting as they come. The Golden Tornadoes have scored 50-plus points in six of its nine games so far this season, with its latest outburst coming in a 50-0 quarterfinal win over Bethpage. Valley Stream South has quiet becoming a strong team in Conference III witha 6-3 record. The Falcons advanced to the semifinals with a 26-13 win over Manhasset. Frank Accardi had two touchdowns on 213 rushing yards in the win.
Shoreham-Wading River vs. Mount Sinai, at Mount Sinai HS, 6:00 p.m.: Shoreham-Wading River has emerged as a new threat in Conference IV, amassing a 7-2 recording heading into the semifinals. The Wildcats took two in a row from Stony Brook to get to where they are now. Mount Sinai has consistently been at the top of Conference IV for the past few years and recently unseated defending Long Island Champions, Glenn in the quarterfinals. The Donadio brothers, Mark and Mike combined for 349 yards on the ground for 3 touchdowns in the win over the Knights
Plainedge vs. Glen Cove, at Hofstra, 7:30 p.m.: The return of Plainedge quarterback Nick Frenger makes the Red Devils offense a potent one. He threw for three touchdowns in a 54-41 win over Lynbrook last week. Glen Cove continues to march through the Conference III competition and is looking for their eighth win for the first time since 2000.