Newsday goes deep with Long Island high school football.
Suffolk Slant: The Top 10
A bit of a shakeup this week, thanks to Longwood’s impressive 22-13 victory over Floyd on Saturday. The Lions had lost 12 of their previous 13 games against the Colonials. But that win moves them from Honorable Mention all the way up to No. 4 in my latest rankings. So, of course there’s a ripple effect throughout my top 10. With Floyd falling from the undefeated ranks, there are six teams remaining with perfect 5-0 records.
Zog’s Top 10
1. Sachem North (5-0). The Flaming Arrows had 438 yards of total offense in a 28-7 victory over Northport. Jesse Scanna led the way with 124 yards rushing and 11 tackles.
Up next: Hosts Floyd in a rematch of last season’s county final on Friday night at 7 p.m. The game will be telecast live on MSG Varsity (Cablevision Ch. 14).
2. St. Anthony’s (5-0). The Friars sailed by St. Joseph by the Sea, 56-14, as Brian Sherlock rushed for 103 yards and Charlie Raffa ran for 109. Each scored a touchdown in the blowout win.
Up next: At Chaminade on Saturday at 1 p.m.
3. Newfield (5-0). The Wolverines’ magic season continued with a 35-7 victory over Centereach that gave Newfield the best start in school history. Shervon Barthelmy rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns and also threw a 73-yard TD pass.
Up next: At Half Hollow Hills East on Saturday at 2 p.m.
4. Longwood (4-1). The Lions gave a home crowd of more than 3,000 plenty to roar about with a stirring 22-13 victory over rival Floyd. Davonte Booker ran for 90 yards, including a clinching 16-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Darius Greene made 10 tackles.
Up next: Hosts Bay Shore on Friday night at 6 p.m.
5. Floyd (4-1). The Colonials had won four straight over Longwood and 12 of 13. Their first loss of the season takes a bit of the luster off their upcoming showdown at No. 1 Sachem North. For Floyd, even a 98-yard touchdown on a fumble return by Stacey Bedell wasn’t enough.
Up next: At Sachem North on Friday night at 7 p.m. in MSG Varsity’s Friday Night Live tri-state area game of the week.
6. Sayville (5-0). The Golden Flashes continue to display a potent offense, taking care of Amityville, 32-12. Steven Ferreira passed for 253 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 16 TD passes. Only Oceanside’s Tyler Heuer, with 18, has more on Long Island.
Up next: Hosts Islip in the game of the year in Division III on Saturday at 2 p.m.
7. Islip (5-0). Jeffrey Craig ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns to spark a 24-6 victory over Westhampton as the Buccaneers’ defense continues to shine.
Up next: At Sayville in a battle of unbeaten teams on Saturday at 2 p.m.
8. Connetquot (4-1). Mike Pellegrino appeared healthy in leading the Thunderbirds past Lindenhurst, 20-6. Pellegrino ran for 145 yards and two TDs and made 19 tackles with three sacks.
Up next: Hosts Sachem East on Saturday at 2 p.m.
9. North Babylon (4-1). It took a 21-yard field goal by Adam Amin on the game’s final play for the Bulldogs to get past stubborn Bellport, 12-9. It was his second field goal of the game. Preshod McCoy ran for 100 yards and made an interception.
Up next: Hosts East Islip on Saturday at 2 p.m. in one of the better rivalry games on the Island.
10. Glenn (5-0). Another big day for Ryan Rielly. The senior quarterback passed for 115 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 90 yards in a 54-14 rout of Stony Brook.
Up next: Hosts Center Moriches on Saturday at 2 p.m.