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Posted Saturday, September 04, 2010 by Newsday.com

For the first time since the seismic split of the Sachem school district in 2005, one of its teams is the No. 1 seed.

“It’s like Rex Ryan said, where else would you want to be?” Sachem North coach Dave Falco said.

The Flaming Arrows deserve the preseason top spot, coming off a school-record 10-win season and returning three All-County players, led by bruising FB/LB Jesse Scanna. Already fast, North got an infusion of more team speed when the Crosson brothers transferred in from Shoreham-Wading River.

“High expectations are a good thing,” Falco said. “It’s the fastest, strongest team we’ve had here in a long time.”

Naturally, perennial power Floyd also will contend for the league title, with a team built on youthful speed, not power. The speediest is junior RB/CB Stacey Bedell and Division I Eastern powers have been quick to notice his impressive skill set. Colonials coach Paul Longo relishes the challenge of being the chaser. “Of course you want to be No. 1, but it’s nice not to be favored in every game for a change,” he said. “I’m curious to see how we’ll respond.”

Floyd visits Sachem North on Oct. 23. Lindenhurst, Northport, Connetquot and Longwood should also make some noise.

SACHEM NORTH (10-1)

Coach: Dave Falco (8th season)

Key players: Sr. LB/RB Jesse Scanna (6-0, 215); Sr. LB/RB Mike Andreassi (5-10, 190); Sr. OT/DT James Thompson (6-1, 275); Sr. QB/LB Angelo Armine (5-10, 175); Sr. OL/DE Tim Lang (6-1, 190); Sr. DB/RB Alec Katos (5-9, 175); Jr. RB/DB Dalton Crossan (5-10, 175).

About the Flaming Arrows: Won school-record 10 games before losing to Floyd in county championship game in 2009. Plenty of talent returns, led by returning All-Suffolk players Scanna, Andreassi and Thompson. Scanna may be the best linebacker in the county. Arrows have excellent team speed, which got a boost when Crossan, a two-way starter at Shoreham-Wading River, transferred into district.

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