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Sachem vs Floyd... Is There A Favorite?

Posted Thursday, October 14, 2010 by MSGvarsity.com

Such is this cautious tale told by most of Suffolk's Division I coaches. The records lie. The regular season is somewhat meaningless. And what matters most -- is getting into the post-season -- where everything matters.

Floyd (4-1) will travel to Sachem North (5-0) tonight to play a pivotal Division I football game that carries significant playoff implications. The undefeated Flaming Arrows, ranked first in Newsday's Large Schools poll, and eighth in the MSG Varsity Tri-state poll, finds itself the hunted once again.

"We were undefeated and rolling into the division championship last year and we know how that one turned out," said Sachem North coach Dave Falco. "Floyd is always Floyd. There is no favorite here."

The two powerhouses get it on in the MSG varsity game of the week tonight live on iO channel 14 at 7 p.m. Last season, Sachem North ended Floyd's Suffolk record 42-game regular season Division I winning streak with a 17-14 win on opening day. The win sent the Flaming Arrows barreling through the division on their way to a single season school record of 10 wins.

And that's when Floyd got its redemption. The Colonials battered Sachem North in the championship, 27-6, to capture its fifth Suffolk title in the past eight years. The sting of that loss still reverberates in the Sachem community, where Long Island's largest school district has yet to win a Long Island Class I championship.

The time is now for a Sachem north team that is loaded with talent and senior leadership. The Flaming Arrows have scored the most points in Suffolk with 188 and allowed the second fewest, 29.

Floyd will have to stop a rushing stack that is a three-headed monster. Junior transfer Dalton Crossan leads the way with eight touchdowns, Jesse Scanna has seven and rugged fullback Mike Andreassi has six in five games.

Floyd is coming off a loss to Longwood last week, for only its second regular season setback in 8 years. Floyd is 59-2 in that span and has not lost two back-to-back games since 2002.

Game on.

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