On Saturday, October 19, the William Floyd Colonials (6-0) under the leadership of head coach Paul Longo defeated rival Longwood (4-2) by a final score of 42-14 to win Parkway Power Bowl VIII, the fourth straight victory in the series which now gives William Floyd a 6-2 edge. With the victory, the Colonials maintained their top ranking in Suffolk County and No. 4 overall in the state according to the New York State Sportswriters Association.
The Colonials dominated the game on the ground, led by senior running back Tyshawn Lopez who finished the game with 172 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries, a Hansen Award-worthy performance. Lopez was also recognized as a Newsday “Gridiron Great” for week six, an honor reserved for the week’s top performers. Junior running back Jezayd Hall also contributed to the rushing attack, totaling 95 yards on 12 carries. Senior quarterback Thomas Verga also finished with a rushing touchdown, along with a passing touchdown to senior wide receiver Devin Brown. On defense, Randy Russo finished with a team-high six tackles – three for a loss – and a forced fumble. Senior cornerback Wayne Bristel had the team’s lone interception.
Aside from a critical division victory and bragging rights, the final score will be engraved on the Parkway Power Bowl Cup and the Colonials have earned the right to keep it for another year until next season’s matchup.
The Colonials have two-regular season games remaining on their schedule, a road game at Bay Shore on October 26 at 1 pm, and a home game against Brentwood on November 2 at 1 pm on the new turf field behind Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School. Victories in both games will ensure that the road to the Suffolk County Championship goes through William Floyd.
The Colonials currently own five Long Island Championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012) and 11 Suffolk County Championships (2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2018).