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Suffolk Slant: The Top 10
There were no real surprises in last week’s semifinals, so the only changes are in spots 7-10. Nine of the teams in my Top 10 will be playing for either a county title or, in the case of St. Anthony’s, the CHSFL crown.
Zog’s Top 10
1. Sachem North (10-0). The Flaming Arrows continued to dominate, earning their second straight trip to the Division I championship by beating Northport, 42-21, behind Dalton Crossan’s four touchdowns. Up next: A rematch with Floyd on Friday night at 7 o’clock at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium. The Arrows won, 40-6, in Week 6.
2. St. Anthony’s (10-0). The Friars took care of Fordham Prep, 39-14, to reach their 12th straight CHSFL final. Coach Rich Reichert won his 200th game. Up next: A rematch with Iona Prep on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Mitchel Field. St. Anthony’s rallied to beat the Gaels, 28-20, in Week 8.
3. East Islip (9-1). The Redmen reached the Suffolk Division II finals for the fourth time in five years with a 34-13 victory over West Babylon. Up next: A rematch with Bellport on Saturday at noon at Stony Brook. East Islip won, 10-7, in Week 2.
4. Floyd (8-2). The Colonials rode the outstanding two-way play of Luke Miller (above) to a 26-22 victory over neighborhood rival Longwood I Division I. Miller scored three touchdowns and made a big sack. Up next: The anticipated rematch with Sachem North on Friday night at 7 o’clock at Stony Brook. The Colonials lost, 40-6, in Week 6, but defeated Sachem North in the Suffolk D-I final in 2009.
5. Glenn (10-0). The Knights beat Mount Sinai, 40-21, in Division IV as quarterback Ryan Rielly gained 432 yards of total offense, passing for four touchdowns and running for two more. Rielly had racked up 506 yards against the Mustangs in Week 7. Up next: A rematch with Babylon on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Stony Brook. Ryan engineered a late drive as the Knights defeat Babylon, 33-28, in Week 2.
6. Sayville (9-1). The Golden Flashes made some big plays in the fourth quarter to defeat Westhampton, 28-14, in Division III as sophomore running back John Haggart gained 188 yards on 24 carries, with two touchdowns. Up next: A rematch with Islip on Thursday night at 7 o’clock at Stony Brook. Sayville quarterback Steven Ferreira was sacked 10 times in a 41-13, loss in Week 6.
7. Islip (9-1). The Buccaneers’ defense stood tall, and quarterback Jeffrey Craig gained 211 yards of total offense in a 16-14 Division III victory over stubborn Huntington, the only team to defeat Islip this season. Up next: A rematch with Sayville on Thursday night at 7 o’clock at Stony Brook.
8. Bellport (7-3). The Clippers beat Newfield for the second time this season, 30-15, to reach the Division II final for the first time in four years. Travis Houpe returned the opening kickoff for a 95-yard touchdown to stun the Wolverines. Up next: A rematch with East Islip on Saturday at noon at Stony Brook. The Redmen won, 10-7, in Week 2.
9. Babylon (8-2). The Panthers eliminated Bayport-Blue Point, 21-0, a particularly sweet win because the Phantoms had ended Babylon’s streak of 13 consecutive Suffolk Division IV finals in 2009. Trevor Fudim ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Up next: A rematch with Glenn on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Stony Brook. Glenn outlasted Babylon, 33-28, in Week 2.
10. Newfield (8-2). The best season in school history ended for the Wolverines in a 30-15 loss to Bellport. But Newfield fans will always remember 2010 as the year it ended a 50-year losing streak against East Islip and drew a crowd of 3,000 in for its Division I semifinal game against the Clippers.