There's a first time for everything. The Floyd football
team won its first Long Island Class I championship with a 34-27 victory over
Baldwin on Nov. 26. Last night, the Colonials huddled around the Rutgers
Trophy, another first in school history.
Floyd was recognized as Suffolk's most outstanding team after the Colonials
garnered 124 points to edge Bellport for the coveted Rutgers Trophy. It was
the first undefeated season in Floyd history.
"I'd have to say that I'm totally shocked and excited all at the same
time," Floyd coach Paul Longo said. "It's an extreme honor that the coaches
recognized our team as the most outstanding in Suffolk. It was a great season."
Bellport finished second in the voting with 110 points. The Clippers
finished with an 11-0 record and won the Long Island Class II championship with
an 8-0 win over previously unbeaten Garden City (10-1). The Clippers also
reeled off an unprecedented three consecutive playoff shutouts, the first time
that was done in Long Island playoff history. Still, the Clippers' dominance
wasn't enough to sway the majority of the voters.
Bellport earned the Rutgers Trophy in 2001.
Huntington (10-1) claimed the Long Island Class III title with a 27-14
victory over Plainedge. The Blue Devils compiled 53 points and won the school's
first Long Island crown and handed storybook Plainedge (10-1) its first loss
of the season.
Huntington claimed the Rutgers Trophy in 1952. Members of that team enjoyed
the Blue Devils' Class III victory over Plainedge on Nov. 26.
The Coach of the Year vote was tied at 21 votes apiece between Longo and
Bellport's Joe Cipp Jr.