After losing a chunk of the starting lineup, fielding a quarterback who didn't play last season, and dropping back-to-back games two weeks ago, it looked as if it was going to be a 'better luck next year' type of season for Floyd.
Floyd's response: Hey now, hold on there just a minute.
Behind Eric Brust, the quarterback who took off last year to concentrate playing lacrosse and basketball, Floyd (4-2) upended favorite Sachem North, 42-14, in Suffolk I yesterday.
"I was surprised a little bit today," Floyd coach Paul Longo said. "They played better than even I expected . . . This is tremendous."
Brust scored on a four-yard run to cap his team's opening possession and Vinny LaBate scored on a two-yard run with 7:42 left in the first quarter for Floyd, which then erupted for 21 points in the third quarter behind Brust's 7-yard TD run and his 12-yard scoring pass to DJ Watters, set up by a Brian Iannone interception.
"I thought he took a leap forward," Longo said of Brust. "He's getting comfortable at quarterback . . . [at first] I don't think he was used to the speed of the game, but he's getting better and more confident."
Brust was 3-for-5 for 51 passing yards and 101 yards on 10 carries, while Chris Faison had 16 carries for 150 yards and two TDs. Inside linebacker Da- shawn Morton had 12 tackles.
After starting 4-0, Sachem North has lost its last two. "I was really proud of our defense," Longo said. "I think we did a great job. We really came to play and we really shut them down."
What a shift in script for a team that, despite being seeded first in the preseason, had to struggle with the graduation of All-Long Island linebacker Miguel Brennin and an injury to another All-Long Island linebacker in Marc Coles.
"I think we lost a lot of great players like Marc Coles," Longo said. "It took us a while to believe we could be good without him."