For 23 of Russ Cellan's 24 years as Freeport's head coach, offensive coordinator Kirt Smith has been the voice inside his head(set).
Together, the two came up with the spread offense that helped them defeat Floyd the first time around. And under the tutelage of Smith, Kevin Allen has blossomed into the playmaking running back-turned-quarterback who led the Red Devils to victory yesterday.
Cellan, hugging Smith tightly after the win, said his assistant deserves as much credit for the trophy as anyone on the field does. "Without him,'' Cellan said, "we wouldn't be here."
Not the same Floyd
The words on Joey Sidaras' old varsity jacket gave testament to a team that could not be beaten. The image playing in front of him at LaValle Stadium was a different story.
Joey Sidaras, along with his dad, Joe Sr., made the trip to watch younger brother Nick and the Colonials take another jab at the Long Island Class I championship. But as time wound down against the too-potent Freeport offense, Floyd - which had made a career out of perfection in recent years - took on a different look: one of hanging heads and slumped shoulders.
"This was disgusting," said Kevin Hauter, often thought the key to Floyd's shutdown defense. "We had no answer for their offense.''
Spreading it on
This game was a rematch of the 2003 Long Island Class I game that introduced the spread offense to Long Island football. Freeport outscored the Colonials, 40-7, in that game.
Winds play havoc
Swirling winds handicapped the kicking game. The first two point-after attempts were missed and two later kicks were blocked.