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Week 8 Preview: Sachem @ Bay Shore

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by Sachempatch.com

Week 8 Preview: Sachem @ Bay Shore

Arrows looking to finish regular season 8-0.

With a win, Sachem improves to 8-0 for the second consecutive season and just the third time in the 49-year history of the program.

The 1983 team started 7-0-1 and finished 9-0-1. The 1996 team finished 9-1 and the 2009 team finished 10-1.

It should be business as usual for the Arrows, who have had no trouble handling the hardest opponents in Division I, let alone a 4-3 Bay Shore squad that started the season as the eighth seed.

The last time these teams played was the first year Fred Fusaro took over the program at Sachem ... that's right, 1971. The game resulted in a 14-14 tie. Since Bay Shore dropped to a lower division due to enrollment, the Marauders did not have a chance to play Sachem until this season.

Match-up: Division I: Sachem (7-0) at Bay Shore (4-3)

Venue: Bay Shore High School

Game time: Oct. 30, 1:30 p.m.

In-game battles: Bay Shore hasn't scored less than 25 points in a game in their previous seven games. They also put up 28 in a loss to Floyd, as well as 25 in a loss to Longwood. Their spread offense, coupled with misdirection, presents a problem for some defenses. Then again, Sachem's defense is not just some defense - it's the best in Division I. 

"Offensively they've caused some problems for people," said Sachem head coach Dave Falco. "We need to be ready to play."

Who should Sachem stop in this game? Half back Karl Allison has rushed for 1,000 yards this season. Quarterback Kevin Cox can throw and run.

Interesting Facts

-Sachem is 1-6-2 all-time against the Marauders.

-Bay Shore has outscored Sachem, 174-120. It is the only other school besides William Floyd to have outscored Sachem in its history.

-Sachem is 31-16-2 all-time in Week 8.

-The last time these teams played was in 1971, a 14-14 tie. It was Fred Fusaro's first year as head coach of the Arrows. Their first battle dates back to 1962 - year 2 for Sachem's program. They played seven times in the 1960s, twice in the 1970s and that was it.


What's next: North will have the No. 1 seed in the Division I playoffs. The playoff brackets have not been released yet.

*After this week's game there will be a game story, photo gallery, video highlight and Sunday there will be the "This Week in Sachem Football" column

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