This is the first of a series of season previews of William Floyd boys’ and girls’ varsity sports teams.
The 2019 William Floyd Colonials varsity football team once again projects to be a powerhouse in Suffolk County Division I football. Following an undefeated regular season and a Suffolk County championship, last year’s team lost to Freeport in the Long Island Championship by one point. With last year in the rear view mirror, Coach Longo and his staff have their team well prepared with their sights set on another title run. They open up at home on Saturday, September 14 at 1 pm against Walt Whitman.
Despite losing most of the starters on offense and defense to graduation, the Colonials are the No. 1 ranked team in Suffolk according to Newsday (No. 3 Long Island). Newsday also selected senior linebacker Andrew Minelli as one of nine Division I “Players to Watch” for 2019 describing him as “a dominant outside linebacker with two years of starting experience” who “is an athletic force and someone Coach Longo expects to anchor the defense.” Newsday also selected Minelli and senior running back Tyshawn Lopez among the “Top 100 High School Football Players for 2019.” They described Lopez as a “hard runner who has great balance and can break away from the defense in the open field.”
Coach Longo has high expectations for his 2019 squad and expects Jezayd Hall, Tyshawn Lopez, Randy Russo, Eddie Longo and Tom Verga as players to help lead the Colonials on the field. Mike Tarry, who was set to have a big year at running back and safety, was injured in camp.
“Tom Verga should be a tremendous leader as our starting quarterback,” said Coach Longo. “We have three returning starters on the offensive line, Zach Hoerter, Isaiah Sadler and Corie Crews, who should open up big holes for our talented backs.”
“I am really looking forward to this season because this is a real high character, hard working group that can play with anyone on Long Island,” added Coach Longo. “William Floyd football has been one of the best teams in the state and I believe that tradition will continue this year.”
Coach Longo, entering his 25th season as head coach, is currently the 11th winningest coach in Long Island high school football history (189 career wins). During his tenure, the Colonials have won five Long Island Championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012) along with 11 Suffolk County titles (2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2018).
Colonials 2019 regular season schedule
9/14/19 – Walt Whitman @ William Floyd, 1 pm
9/20/19 – William Floyd @ Ward Melville, 6:30 pm
9/28/19 – William Floyd @ Commack, 2 pm
10/5/19 – Sachem East @ William Floyd, 2:30 pm (Homecoming)
10/11/19 – William Floyd @ Central Islip, 6 pm
10/19/19 – Longwood @ William Floyd, 1 pm (Parkway Power Bowl)
10/26/19 – William Floyd @ Bay Shore, 1 pm
11/2/19 – Brentwood @ William Floyd, 1 pm
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