A change in offensive philosophy is sometimes difficult to implement. But don't tell that to Floyd. The fourth-seeded Colonials, normally a pass happy team, used a concentrated rushing attack in their 48-28 Suffolk I quarterfinal victory over fifth seeded Commack yesterday.
"We had been relying more on the pass than the run," Floyd coach Paul Longo said. "We felt like we'd be able to run the ball on them."
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Chris Faison was Floyd's leading rusher, scampering for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Diamonte Corley's 56-yard touchdown run up the middle late in the second quarter shifted momentum in Floyd's direction for good.
Floyd rode the running game to a 28-14 halftime lead. Twenty second-half points put the game out of reach.
A.J. Otranto, never a stranger to the big game, threw two touchdown passes in the victory. C.J. Banks was on the receiving end of one of those.
"He's a big player and he played big in a big game," Longo said of Otranto.
Dashawn Morton and Marc Coles each made an impact on defense. Coles led the team with eight tackles.
While the Colonials won't know who they play next week until today, the coach says that they are ready for anyone.
"We know that we'll have a tough opponent and we have to have a good week of practice," he said "Whichever team will be a tough opponent and we'll have to bring our A game."