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Sachem Beats Floyd 40-6

Posted Saturday, October 16, 2010 by Sachempatch.com

Sachem Topples Floyd, 40-6

Avenges last year's title game defeat on big homecoming night.

The questions should stop now. There's no need to wonder who the best team on Long Island is.

Sachem captured the hearts and minds of Long Island football fans with a masterful, 40-6, win over William Floyd Friday night before over 3,000 in attendance at Fred Fusaro Alumni Stadium.

Sachem improves to 6-0, while Floyd, who lost back-t0-back games for the first time since 2002, drops to 4-2 in Division I.

Jesse Scanna recorded his third three-touchdown performance and raised his stock even higher as a Hansen Award nominee.

"It has to be one of the biggest wins in program history since the split," said Sachem head coach Dave Falco. "That's a quality program with great coaches. We have a lot of skilled kids right now. Everything is clicking."

After a week of homecoming festivities, the usual game day preparations and days of hearing how it's a necessary task to avenge last year's defeat in the Suffolk County title game, Sachem started off with a fury of good fortune and capitalized on the momentum.

On the third play of the game, Dalton Crossan scored on a 70-yard touchdown run in the center of the hash marks at 10:16. Freshman kicker Bryan Morris missed the extra point.

Two plays later Floyd quarterback A.J. Otranto botched an option play and fumbled, allowing Scanna to snatch the ball mid-air and run in for a 37-yard score at 9:35.

Quickly, Sachem led 13-0 and brought the Floyd sideline and cheering section to a defining silence.

"They were very loose all week and are a very confident bunch and that's how they came out and played," said Falco of his team. "I think Floyd was a little tight early. They lost last week so they were kind of feeling their way."

Otranto hit Kenny Grimm with a 61-yard pass on Floyd's next series. The Colonials failed to convert on the two-point conversion try.

Instead of taking a mental hit from the long touchdown, Sachem did the opposite and scored again when Dalton Crossan ran back the ensuing kickoff 85 yards.

The 20 points Sachem scored in the first quarter were more than Floyd allowed in any previous quarter this season.

Throwing a token pass in the second quarter turned out to pay dividends as Angelo Armine's 21-yard toss was caught by a leaping Scanna, who grabbed the ball out of the air from Floyd defensive back Stacey Bedell.

Scanna scored on an 81-yard blast in the third quarter to make it 33-6 and Michael Andreassi, who finished with 18 carries and 118 yards, scored on a 7-yard touchdown in the final minutes of the contest.

"We came out tonight with something to prove," Andreassi said. "A little revenge and we got it done. It's a good feeling."

If there was ever a burial ground for Hansen hopefuls, it's in the trenches against the Flaming Arrows, who have now shut down Lindenhurst's Stephen Skon, Connetquot's Mike Pellegrino and Floyd's Bedell, who totaled just 44 yards on 17 carries.

Otranto was 7-of-14 for 107 yards and the one touchdown pass to Grimm. Luke Miller rushed 11 times for 58 yards. The Colonials were far less consistent then they've been in many years.

"They're going to get to the playoffs, so I'm sure that's a team we'll see again," Falco said.

Sachem continues its journey when it hosts Longwood (4-1) next Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

News & Notes

-With the 118 yards, Andreassi is now the 10th all-time leading rusher in Sachem history. He passed Jason Kling (1,367 : 1999-2000).

-Countless alumni were in attendance for the game. From Joe Kirchner and Davon Lawrence of the 2009 team to Jerry Figgiani, Sachem's first 1,000-yard rusher back in 1977, there was no shortage of love from past Arrows greats.

-Towards the end of the game chants of "LIC" could be heard from the crowd, signifying the potential for Sachem to play in the Long Island Championship if all goes right for the Arrows.

-Other Sachem stats: Angelo Armine rushed three times for 22 yards. He was 1-of-1 passing for 21 yards and a touchdown. Dalton Crossan finished with four carries and 82 yards. He had one touchdown on the ground and one returned. Scanna finished with 87 yards on five carries.

-In total, Sachem gained 363 total yards of offense to Floyd's 223.

                            1         2           3          4         F

Sachem        20          6                7             7            40      

Floyd               6           0               0              0            6

-SN - Dalton Crossan 70 run (Morris missed kick)

-SN - Jesse Scanna 37 fumble recovery (Morris kick)

-WF - A.J. Otranto to Kenny Grimm 61 pass (No 2 pt conversion)

-SN - Dalton Crossan 85 kick return (Morris kick)

-SN - Angelo Armine to Scanna 21 pass (Morris no kick)

-SN - Jesse Scanna 81 run (Morris kick)

-SN - Michael Andreassi 7 run (Morris kick)

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