A.J. Otranto sparks Floyd offense to win over Bay Shore
A.J. Otranto has many options. Floyd's senior quarterback can throw it to any one of three standout wide receivers in Vantrell Nash, Corey Banks or Jonathan Martinez. Or he can run the read option and give it to his thunder and lightning combo of Diamonte Corley and Chris Faison.
And his final option is to just keep the ball himself.
All three options were in perfect working order Saturday.
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"This is an exciting offense," Otranto said. "We have so many playmakers."
Those playmakers were on full display in a 28-point outburst that spanned 7:20 of the second quarter as Floyd cruised to a 35-14 win over Bay Shore in Suffolk Division I. Four different players scored in a quarter that featured a ground game that pounded the defense for 221 yards rushing.
"We switched to a spread and it opened everything up," said Otranto, who ran for one score and passed for another. "They got up on us early and we came back in a big way."
Bay Shore scored first. Matthias Eato capped a six-play, 48-yard drive with a 12-yard run and Joe Sullivan added the kick to make it 7-0 with 6:14 left in the first quarter.
"We took the lead and we were stopping them early," said Bay Shore coach Jim Giattino. "When they went to the spread we were outmanned. The Faison kid reminded me of North Babylon's Omar Palmer, just a nasty, hard runner that refused to be tackled."
It started with the blazing speed of senior halfback Diamonte Corley, who went on a 45-yard run to set up Otranto's 20-yard touchdown. Chris Hurtado added the kick to tie it at 7 with 8:44 left in the half.
"It was a read option and Martinez had a key block to seal the end," Otranto said.
Floyd (4-1), which has won four in a row, took the lead for good on its next possession. Faison, a junior, broke three tackles on his way to a 41-yard run to the Marauders 5 to set up Vin Labate's 5-yard score for the 14-7 lead with 5:57 left.
Corley added a 57-yard touchdown run down the home sideline for the 21-7 lead.
"I thought our running game really looked good," said Floyd coach Paul Longo. "And we adjusted well to their defense."
Linebacker Billy Kaastra intercepted Jake Sheets on Bay Shore's next play and the Colonials took over at the Marauders 14. They capitalized on the turnover when Otranto fired a 10-yard touchdown strike to Nash for the 28-7 halftime lead. Nash made a nice adjustment to take the ball through a tight window in the end zone.
Kaastra's interception was one of four for the Colonials secondary in the game. "My read was to lock down on the receiver," he said.
Bay Shore sent in Ryan Mazzie, who showed some backup magic with six touchdown passes in a 63-62 loss to Sachem North. Yesterday, he completed his first pass for 18 yards before being victimized by Nash on the final play of the half inside the red zone.
"First time I got two picks in a game," said Nash.
Floyd rushed for 283 first-half yards and scored on four straight possessions. Corley had 130 yards on 6 rushes, Faison, 70 yards on 11 carries and Otranto, 71 yards on 4 rushes.
"Our offense was just great," said All-Long Island linebacker Miguel Brennin. "But our defensive backs are the best."
They shut down a passing attack that had thrown touchdown passes in every game.
"There are many elements to master in this game," Longo said. "Our secondary played very well."