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PREVIEW: Suffolk Division I Final, Sachem vs. Floyd

Flaming Arrows and Colonials battle at Stony Brook again.

Another season, another chance for Sachem and William Floyd to play in the Suffolk County Division I final. Both teams will meet for the third straight season on Sunday for all the marbles, and another county title.

Sachem, who has lost the last two title games to the Colonials, is going for the seventh county title in school history. 

With the help of senior Dalton Crossan, and a handful of supporting players, including many who have stepped up their games when six players were lost with season-ending injuries, this team has been built for a championship run all year.

The key to Sunday's championship for Sachem is to minimize turnovers, keep the ball away from Floyd's Stacey Bedell on special teams, and stop Bedell enough to slow down their entire offense.

Floyd will have its hands full too. Sachem's offense is tops in Suffolk County again this season and Crossan has proven himself as the favorite in the Hansen Award running. Stopping the best player on Long Island, perhaps New York, is no easy task.

"We’ve learned a lot of lessons the last two years," said Sachem coach Dave Falco. "It’s a great rivalry. I don’t think there are any secrets between us. This is something we’ve been thinking about all year."

Sachem had its final walk-through on Saturday evening and players gathered for pizza in the cafeteria at North. Players were focused and put in possibly their best week of practice all season.

"We're better than the first time we played them," Falco said earlier this week. "We had a lot of injuries and new guys moving around. We were still feeling ourselves out offensively. We're focused now."

How they got there? Sachem beat Pat-Med and Sachem East in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. It's only regular season loss was to Floyd during Week 6. Floyd enters the championship game having squeaked out a victory over Longwood in the Suffolk semis. It pounded Lindenhurst in the quarterfinals after losing in Week 8 of the regular season against Bay Shore.

How to follow the game? Sachem Patch will be LIVE blogging the game starting with pre-game analysis at 3:30 p.m. We'll also be LIVE tweeting from @SachemPatch around the same time. Check the site for complete post-game analysis all night long.

Match: No. 1 Sachem (9-1) vs. No. 4 William Floyd (8-2)

Location/date/time: Stony Brook University, Sunday, November 20 at 4 p.m.

Next up: The winner will play Nassau's East Meadow in the Class I Long Island championship next Saturday. Sachem's only appearance in a football LIC came in 1995 against Lawrence, now a Division III school.

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4757 November 21, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Sachem blew it again to Floyd If the old coaching regime was here they would not have lost three years in a row
4757 November 21, 2011 at 03:16 AM
I guess the sachem community and sachem football program should be happy about making the county final every year and losing to the same team again keep taking down comments about what the problem might be with sachem football. The floyd program keeps winning and laughing at the sachem football program every year on how they always out coach the sachem program in the county final every year. good job editor
Chris R. Vaccaro November 21, 2011 at 03:55 AM
I believe I addressed this in previous posts. Shots at coaches and their coaching staffs - at any school or level - will not be tolerated. Questions were not asked, only derogatory comments were made. The comment feature will NOT be used as a community dumping ground towards high school sports coaches or athletes. If you have something proper to say, then say it. Otherwise, keep it out of the comment feed.
toni November 21, 2011 at 01:42 PM
I am very proud of both East and north football teams these boys all need to hold their heads high and be proud of their accomplisments .it was a great season. both teams have displayed hard work, dedications,Pride and RESPECT.tsomething the parents need to learn. looking forward to next year!
Jim Crossan November 21, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Congratulations North on a great season, you gave everything you had and that is all anyone can ask. I don't think many people thought North would be in the finals this year after losing so many outstanding players from last season. Losing hurts, but the job the kids and coaches did to get to the County finals was phenomenal. With 2 teams spliting the talent, it is harder now than in the old days. The current team is young and the future looks bright for North.
Jerry Scanna November 21, 2011 at 10:47 PM
can't say it any better than that jim,keep your heads high Coaches and Players because football is better than ever and going 23-1 over the last 3 seasons is nothing to ignore ,yea 3 losses sting but shake it off and get ready for next season. dalton you are a freak(all from hard work and dedication).Trent get ready to bring us the LIC-congrats to WOJ and Coach Falco for a great season and all the coaches for bringing sachem to the front again.
4757 November 21, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Sachem football is back at East and North . If north didn't have all the injuries this year to certain players and a little better coaching in the finals they would have won. The Sachem football programs east and north need to stick it to WF next year with all the talk on newsday.com about how Floyd is a dynasty and that Longo is the greatest coach and Bedell is better then crossan.
John Cosgrove November 25, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Over the last two years if we played Floyd 10 times we probably go 5 - 5..Two evenly matched teams. Last years loss hurt even more as we were expected to win, and crushed everyone along the way. This year the expectations were not as high. Boys really over achieved. Dalton and Stacey are both very special players. One has to win the Hansen, both deserve it. I can tell you this, with out Dalton we dont make the playoffs. I hear some nut-bag parents say " they need to let others run it"..crazy people who have never played or coached. As far not passing?? You need a QB thats a passer. A lot of schools dont have " throwers".. What would have happened if our qb threw three passes and got picked?? I know some of these nut-job parents would say " why the hell is falco throwing"..Great job boys

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