Sayville-Islip Suffolk III quarterfinal should be a high-scoring affair
That's what you need to know about tonight's playoff game between Sayville and Islip. These teams can score on any play from anywhere on the field and proved that in Islip's one-point win in the regular season in a contest that stretched four hours and went three overtimes before the Bucs prevailed.
The rematch pits No. 7 Sayville at No. 2 Islip in a Suffolk III quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Expect fireworks on the South Shore as both quarterbacks have enjoyed wonderful seasons. Islip's Kieran Mullins has thrown for 1,392 yards and 10 touchdowns and Sayville freshman Jack Coan has passed for 1,296 yards and 15 scores.
This year's overtime thriller was not a surprise. It was the third overtime game between these two in the last 10 meetings since 2005. Sayville won the first two overtime games.
(5) MacArthur at (4) Long Beach, Friday, 7 p.m.: These teams played in the season opener with Long Beach winning, 25-16. MacArthur will have to find a way to stop Long Beach halfback Chris Parler, who had 216 yards and two touchdowns in that win, including an 83-yard TD run in the second quarter.
(6) Bellport at (3) Eastport-South Manor, Friday, 6 p.m.: It's the second playoff appearance for Eastport-South Manor in the school's 10-year history. They set the school record for wins in a season with a 7-1 record to earn a home game in the postseason. Bellport is a traditional playoff power and has won more games in the postseason than any program in Suffolk. The Clippers have earned six Long Island titles.
(5) Freeport at (4) Syosset, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: These teams did not meet this season. Freeport is back in the playoffs after a one-year rebuilding hiatus. Can coach Russ Cellan and the Red Devils get magical again in the postseason? The Red Devils have won six Nassau I titles since 2000 and four Long Island championships. Syosset is 2-3 in last five playoff appearances.
(5) Patchogue-Medford at (4) Floyd, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Sachem North shut down the Patchogue offense and its aerial attack. Patchogue-Medford buried Floyd 31-7 in week three on their home turf. Last week, Sachem North stopped the Patchogue aerial attack with quarterback Anthony Lee, who was held to 76 yards, and L.I.'s leading receiver Connor Coughlin. Floyd had beaten Patchogue in nine straight. The Colonials are on a roll with four straight wins behind halfbacks Chris Faison and Vin Labate.
(5) Newfield at (4) West Islip, Saturday, 1 p.m.: The loss of quarterback Sam Ilario, who scored 17 touchdowns through seven games, leaves an enormous void in the West Islip offense. West Islip holds a 15-0-1 record all-time over the Wolverines. The Lions defense led by linebacker Kyle Ziegler should contain a very young Newfield offense.