Matt Selts leads Sayville to rout of Islip
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Matt Selts played the role of ball hog for Sayville Friday night. And not a single teammate complained.
The scrappy 5-10, 165-pound junior carried 33 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns, caught three passes for another 65 yards and two more touchdowns, recovered two fumbles and was the leading tackler as the No. 7 Golden Flashes thoroughly dominated No. 2 host Islip, 40-7, in a Suffolk III quarterfinal.
Selts had seven consecutive carries on one drive, eight straight on another and was in the middle of the rout that reversed Islip's 59-58 triple-overtime victory in the regular season.
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Selts had plenty of help. The Golden Flashes (5-4), who advance to next weekend's semifinals, forced six Islip turnovers and did a stellar defensive job on Islip quarterback Kieran Mullins.
Mullins gave the large home crowd an early thrill when he connected with Raphael Alomar on an apparent 73-yard touchdown pass on the game's first drive. But the play was wiped out by a holding penalty that typified the entire game for the mistake-prone Bucs (7-2).
Sayville marched 60 yards in 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead with Selts scoring from the 1. Selts recovered Mullins' fumble on the Islip 22, and the Golden Flashes cashed in with freshman quarterback Jack Coan hitting Selts on a well-timed screen for a 29-yard touchdown pass after a holding penalty.
Bobby Boos tackled Alomar in the end zone for a safety and a 16-0 lead and Sayville scored on the ensuing drive following the free kick. The Flashes went 58 yards in eight plays with Coan (8-13, 128 yards) connecting with Selts on a slant for a 15-yard TD and a 22-0 lead.
Mullins fumbled again and Selts recovered again on Islip's next possession. Sayville made the Bucs pay with Coan going 7 yards on a keeper. Coan hit Chris Rupp for a 30-yard completion to set up the score. Rupp also contributed two interceptions.
Islip finally broke through in the third quarter when Mullins hit Alomar for a 52-yard touchdown pass that made it 28-7.
But Sayville coasted home with two more fourth-quarter scores. Selts scored his final touchdown on the first drive of the fourth quarter with a 1-yard run set up by his 17-yard dash around left end.
Clay Peres came off the bench to score Sayville's final TD.