Quarterback Anthony Lee spearheads exciting offense for Patchogue-Medford vs. Floyd
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This isn't the Patchogue-Medford offense of the mid-90s -- the one that rumbled over opponents to two Long Island Class I championships. This is a wide-open Raiders offense, implemented by second-year coach and former NFLer Gary Marangi, to use the teams speed and athleticism.
The result is a 1-1 start and a lot of excitement as the Raiders are averaging 37 points per game behind quarterback Anthony Lee, who has thrown for five touchdowns and 547 yards. His main target is wide receiver Connor Coughlin, Long Island's second leading pass catcher.
Patchogue-Medford will host Floyd, the two-time defending Class I champion, at 6 o'clock Friday night. The Colonials (2-0) play a fierce defensive game and throw all different blitz packages at opponents. they harassed Northport quarterback Connor Quinn all game in last week's 14-7 win. Speedy defensive tackle Jawan Jenkins had four of the Colonials' seven sacks in a game that had Quinn on the run.
Floyd relies on the power of its running game with halfbacks Chris Faison and Vinny Labate.
Patchogue-Medford is without outstanding wide receiver Kevin Morrissey, who was injured in last week's 51-27 win over Brentwood. The last time Patchogue beat Floyd was in 2002. The Colonials have won 15 of last 17 games, including 10 in a row.
The rest of the slate of high school football games this weekend is loaded with interesting matchups, including four games pitting teams with 2-0 records.
Lindenhurst at Connetquot, Friday night, 6 p.m.: Connetquot lost quarterback Mike Grimaldi for the season in last week's 56-40 loss to top-ranked Sachem North. It'll be difficult to replace the gritty play of Grimaldi, who ran the spread so well. The Thunderbirds will rely on halfback Marcus Gutierrez, who has six touchdowns through two games.
Syosset at Farmingdale, Friday night, 6:30 p.m.: The road in Nassau I goes through Farmingdale, the defending Nassau I champion. Halfback Curtis Jenkins has found plenty of running room behind a big and athletic offensive line. The Dalers defense and end Tom Ammirati, who had two sacks last week, have yielded a conference low 13 points. Syosset surprised East Meadow on a late field goal, 15-13, and rolled through Valley Stream Central last week. Both teams are 2-0.
Deer Park at Hauppauge, Friday night, 6 p.m.: Deer Park will attempt to start the season at 3-0 for the first time since 1999. The Falcons will lean on halfback Jasawn Thompson as they travel to undefeated Hauppauge and continue their winning ways.
Roosevelt at Seaford, Saturday, 7 p.m.: The two-time defending champion Rough Riders are cruising with halfback Johnnie Akins, who is one pace to break the single-season rushing record in Nassau set by Holy Trinity's Anthony Brunetti, who had 2,541 yards in 2009. It'll take a herculean task for James O'Hagan and Seaford to get the win. These teams have developed special rivalry. The schools have won 10 of the last 11 titles in Nassau IV, with each having won five times.