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Crossan Brothers together at Sachem North

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by NORTH SHORE SUN

BY Joe Werkmeister  |  NORTH SHORE SUN

The last time Dalton and Trent Crossan played football on the same field together, Dalton was about 8 years old.

"He was 6, but he played up with us on the Long Island Sound Sharks," Dalton said of his younger brother.

Now that they're both in high school, Dalton a junior, and Trent a freshman, the two are not only sharing time on the field together, but they're doing so with the top-ranked team on Long Island, Sachem North. The Flaming Arrows blew past Longwood Friday night, 41-14, with both Crossan brothers contributing to the victory.

"It's great having my brother play," Dalton said. "We really like playing together and we look out for each other. It's a great experience overall."

They've come a long way from Shoreham-Wading River , their previous school before transferring into the Sachem district. Dalton was the featured back for the Wildcats as a freshman and sophomore when the Wildcats went a combined 5-12 with one playoff appearance in 2008.

Now he's part of the most dynamic rushing attack in Suffolk County that has his team poised for a run at the Long Island Championship. Shoreham, meanwhile, has limped to an 0-7 season playing in Division III.

"It was definitely the right move for us," Dalton said after Friday night's win under the lights at Sachem. "Nothing against Shoreham or anything, but we just wanted to get a better football experience. My parents went here. It's been going great and the team's been playing amazing."

Dalton made an immediate impact against Longwood . He scored on a 59-yard pass play on the first play from scrimmage after an offside penalty, giving the Flaming Arrows a 7-0 lead only 18 seconds into the game.

"We're really a run-first team so I don't think they were expecting it at all," Dalton said. "I saw the safety come up and I just ran right by him."

Dalton added another touchdown on defense in the fourth quarter. On a third-and-7 from the Lions' 47, Longwood quarterback Danny Farrell threw over the middle where Dalton was waiting for the easy pick. As good as any player in Suffolk County when in open space, Dalton returned the ball 65 yards for the touchdown, which put Sachem ahead 41-7.

"I caught it more toward the left side and saw the whole right side was open," Dalton said. "I just used my speed and took it around the corner."

Trent has made an impact as well. An Under Armour Youth All-American as a seventh- and eighth-grader while at Shoreham, he plays outside linebacker for the Flaming Arrows and is also a kick returner in his first year playing varsity. He had one carry on offense against Longwood and rushed for nine yards.

The brothers first got to know their new teammates early in the summer, which gave them time to adjust before the season began.

"We're fitting in, playing our role and just helping the team win," Dalton said.

With as many seniors as Sachem North has, Dalton and Trent will likely see even greater roles on the team next year. Before then, their focus remains on the task at hand now, which is improving on a 7-0 record.

"We haven't played a four-quarter game, which is the only thing that would scare us or the coaches," Dalton said. "We have to definitely see what we're made of, but we haven't had to yet. And we hope we don't have to until the Long Island Championship."

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