The No. 1 William Floyd Colonials defeated No. 8 Commack in the opening round of the Suffolk County Division I playoffs by a score of 48-19! Their next game will be home against No. 4 Patchogue-Medford in a semifinals matchup on Saturday, November 16 at 1 pm at the new turf field behind Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School.
The Colonials’ rushing attack was dominant throughout, led by senior running back Tyshawn Lopez, who finished the game with 170 yards and three touchdowns. Senior quarterback Thomas Verga also found success running the football, totaling 83 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Junior running back Jezayd Hall added a rushing touchdown and 97 yards. After a close first half, the Colonials came out and took control of the game in the second half, outscoring the Cougars 27-0 to secure their spot in the semifinals of the Suffolk County Division I playoffs.
Please note that Section XI charges for tickets to the semifinals. The price is $7* online or $10 at the door. *Please note that an additional $1.35 convenience fee is charged per ticket. Tickets for students with proper student ID are $5 each. Follow this link to purchase tickets: https://gofan.co/app/school/NYSPHSAAXI/Football.
Photo album from the semifinal victory is below!
The road to Stony Brook University and the Suffolk County Division I Football Championship game will once again go through William Floyd! On Saturday, November 2, the Colonials concluded their 2019 regular season with a 34-7 victory over Brentwood, clinching a second consecutive undefeated Division I Championship and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Colonials (8-0), led by legendary head coach Paul Longo, will begin their Suffolk County title defense this Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 pm, as they host No. 8 Commack on the new turf field. During week 3, the Colonials traveled to Commack and defeated them 37-13.
The Colonials, who are currently the No. 1 ranked team in Suffolk County and the No. 4 ranked team in New York State (New York State Sportswriters Association), have now qualified for the playoffs for 19 consecutive years, a remarkable span of success that includes 11 Suffolk County titles and five Long Island Championships. Now in his 25th year as head coach, Longo, this year, became the 10th winningest coach in Long Island high school football history with 197 wins, surpassing Fred Fusaro (Sachem/192 wins).
The Colonials put forth a total team effort each week in all facets. The offense, averaging 36 points per game, was led by Thomas Verga (507 yards passing, 5 TDs/192 yards rushing, 5 TDs) and the combination rushing attack of Tyshawn Lopez (1,271 yards, 17 TDs) and Jezayd Hall (742 yards, 9 TDs). Devin Brown (9 catches for 129 yards, 1 TD) and Wayne Bristel (6 catches for 190 yards, 4 TDs), led the Colonials’ receivers.
The Colonials were also stingy on defense giving up an average of 11.5 points per game. Randy Russo led the team this season with 47 tackles and Eddie Longo led the team with five quarterback sacks. Longo also had 15 tackles for a loss followed by Russo (11) and the injured Darius Arrington (11). Devin Brown also had two interceptions and Joe Daleo made two fumble recoveries. Joe Sancimo and Brian Lombardo were stellar on special teams.
This Colonials have outscored their opponents this season 288-92 and reeled off 19 consecutive wins over Suffolk County opponents dating back to 2017. The Colonials’ 11 Suffolk County Championships came in the 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2018 seasons, and their five Long Island Championships in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012 seasons. The quest to add to that hardware begins this week. Good luck to the Colonials on Saturday and throughout the playoffs!
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