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Floyd Edges Sachem North in Division I Battle

Varsity vs William Floyd HS on 10/15/2011 2:00:00 PM
Posted Sunday, October 16, 2011 by Sachempatch.com

Floyd Edges Sachem North in Division I Battle 

Colonials hand Flaming Arrows first regular season loss since 2008.

This just in ... William Floyd is still a thorn in Sachem North’s side.

It’s been almost three years since Sachem North has lost a regular season game – a 44-7 loss to Lindenhurst in Week 7 of 2008 – and as much as losing to Floyd stings, the Flaming Arrows remained optimistic after a narrow 37-22 defeat on the road Saturday.

Take away an interception and kick off return for touchdowns and the game’s outcome would have been vastly different for Sachem.

Mathematically, if Sachem (5-1) wins out the final two games of the regular season, the Flaming Arrows will be the No. 1 seed in the Division I playoffs. Floyd, Longwood and West Islip are all 5-1 and will most likely finish with the same records, making for an interesting post-season. Seedings are determined by power rankings, which Sachem edges Floyd on thanks to a win over West Islip, a strong team which the Colonials do not play.

Floyd’s Stacey Bedell continued to strut his stuff, rushing for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries and also ran back a 80-yard kick return for another touchdown.

He started off slow in the second quarter, rushing for a 14-yard touchdown with 4:14 left in the half. It came after Dalton Crossan originally intercepted a pass deep in Sachem territory, but was called for defensive pass interference, giving the ball back to Floyd.

Later in the second quarter, Tyler Andreassi scored Sachem’s only touchdown of the first half, a 5-yard dive run in the red zone. Floyd, however, added a 32-yard field goal off the leg of Chris Hurtado to take 9-6 lead into half.

Bedell capitalized on a Sachem mistake when he ran back a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to open the third quarter. Anthony Ross kept Sachem alive with his 20-yard touchdown run at 8:21, but two minutes later Bedell had a 54-yard touchdown run to make it 23-14.

Then came the next Sachem error when Mike O’Donnell threw an interception pass, which resulted in a 44-yard touchdown return for the Colonials. At 30-14 Sachem didn’t lose hope, but had too big a hole to dig itself out of.

“You can’t kick the ball to Bedell ( which we were not trying to do) and you can’t throw an interception for a touchdown,” Sachem coach Dave Falco said. “You look at the scoreboard and take those things off and it’s a four-quarter game.”

O’Donnell hit Cody Petillo in the end zone with a 23-yard touchdown pass with 1:52 left in the game. It was his first career varsity touchdown pass and Sachem’s first touchdown in the air this season.

“We have to come in on Monday, work hard and get better,” said Crossan, who finished with 32 carries for 207 yards. “We have to be better, pay attention to the details. We have to work on the little things.”

Crossan reached a major milestone in the loss, crossing the 2,000-yard plateau at Sachem for his career. He currently has 2,109 yards, which ranks him fifth all-time in school history behind James O'Neal (3,786), Charles Hall (2,582), Michael Botti (2,219) and Davon Lawrence (2,166). He currently has 1,138 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

Sachem used Crossan in the quarterback position against Floyd, taking snaps under center, but purely for running purposes.

“We lost 50 percent of our offense when Trent [Crossan] went down,” Falco said. “If we put Dalton in the middle, they have to be ready to play him from both sides. He ran for a lot of yards from behind center.”

As for the loss, Falco and company are taking the positive route. No one held their held low after the game and no one felt sorry for themselves.

“We put ourselves at 5-0 in good position with kids who haven’t played a lot, to give them the experience to see what playing William Floyd is all about,” Falco said. “I’m not overly upset or overly surprised. We’ll get back to work.”


               1 ........ 2 ......... 3 ........ 4 ........... F

Sachem   0 ........ 7 .......... 7 ........ 8 ......... 22

Floyd       0 ........ 9 ........ 21 ........ 7 ........ 37

F: Bedell, 14 run, kick no good

S: Andreassi, 5 run, Morris kick

F: Hurtado, 32 field goal

F: Bedell, 70 kick return, kick good

S: Ross 20 run, Morris kick

F: Bedell 54 run, kick good

F: 44 interception return, kick good

S: O'Donnell to Petillo, 23 pass, Morris kick

F: Bedell, 63 run, kick good

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