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Week #6 vs WM Floyd

Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 by Sac

Week 6 Preview: Sachem vs. Floyd

Arrows host Colonials in highly anticipated regular season battle.

Friday's game between Sachem North and William Floyd is one of the most highly anticipated high school football games Long Island has scene in the last decade. In terms of regular season battles, this might be one of the most hyped in Sachem's 49-year history.

"Floyd is an excellent team," said Sachem head coach Dave Falco. "They're going to be ready to play."

Falco mentioned that Longo's play calling has been rather conservative this season than the last couple years, primarily because of their younger roster.

Still, "they're sound. They're solid. They run to the ball," Falco added. "We have our work cut out for us. This is the only team that has shut our offense down in two years. Our coaches are aware of that, our players are aware of that, it's going to be a good game for us."

The last time these teams met, Floyd walked away with a 27-6 win in the Suffolk County Division I title game last season. Things have changed since then. Sachem is angry and ready to avenge the defeat, which halted the Arrows' 10-0 campaign in 2009.

Floyd comes into Friday's game having lost to Longwood, 22-13, in Week 5. North continued its win streak with a 28-7 victory over Northport.

Match-up: Division I: Sachem (5-0) vs. William Floyd (4-1)

Venue: Fred Fusaro Alumni Stadium

Game time: Oct. 15, 7 p.m.

In-game battles: Sachem will have to stop the speedy running back Stacey Bedell. If the Arrows can eliminate him, then they'll just have to worry about quarterback A.J. Otranto, who has passed the ball much more than Sachem has this season.

As for Floyd's chores … it'll be tasked with stopping one of a handful of threats on any given play.

They know about Jesse Scanna and Michael Andreassi, they must know about Dalton and Trent Crossan, then there is Angelo Armine and Davon Christopher, who are improving every week. Don't forget about Michael McCarthy, who has shown signs of dominance as a quarterback and linebacker.

Are they aware of the younger Andreassi - Tyler - who has quickly grown into one of the best defensive ends in the division? And what about Tim Lang at nose guard/center? Do they have an answer for him?

"Sachem does what Sachem does," Falco said. "We're a Flexbone team that runs the ball. We're going to stay the course for this one."

Sachem has more talented weapons and is the favorite for a reason.

Interesting facts

  • Floyd is the only team Sachem plays this year that has an all-time winning record against it. The Colonials lead the series, 13-12.
  • Sachem played Floyd in Week 2 of the 1961 season, the first year the Arrows existed and beat the Colonials, 25-0. The teams did not meet again until 1986, a 40-0 Sachem win.
  • Their last meeting was in the Suffolk County Division I title game last season, a 27-6 Floyd win.
  • Floyd has outscored Sachem, 540-378, all-time
  • Sachem is 32-16-1 in Week 6 games.

What's next: North hosts Longwood (4-1) next Friday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. It is senior night for the Arrows.

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