Sayville quarterback Jack Coan throws a 97-yard touchdown pass to...

Sayville quarterback Jack Coan throws a 97-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Murphy against Islip in the first half of the Suffolk Division III football final at LaValle Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Coan's pass tied the Long Island record for touchdown passes in a season Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Sayville senior Matt Selts isn't particularly big at 5-10, 170 pounds, but he was big enough to carry an entire team in the second half of the Suffolk III championship game.

"He came in at halftime and said, 'Coach, give me the ball,' " coach Rob Hoss said.

Hoss did just that and Selts delivered -- in a big way. He gained 154 yards on 27 carries in the second half and scored a pair of touchdowns to help Sayville earn a 28-21 victory over Islip last night at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium.

"It's kind of hard to say no to a kid who wants to put the team on his back," Hoss said.

Selts, who rushed for 206 yards on 40 carries, broke a 21-21 tie with a 1-yard dive with 30 seconds remaining as Sayville (11-0) won a record 12th Suffolk championship.

The Golden Flashes will face the winner of tonight's Lawrence-Plainedge game at 4:30 p.m. next Friday at Hofstra in the Long Island Class III championship game.

Islip (8-3) stunningly tied it at 21 with 2:42 to play when Will Killeen threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Raphael Alomar. Alomar spun away from a defender after making a leaping catch near the sideline, cut to the middle of the field and outran the secondary. The two hooked up for a 54-yard score earlier.

The Bucs also scored on Michael St. Lewis' 83-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, which immediately followed Jack Coan's 97-yard hookup with Kevin Murphy, making it 180 yards of offense in two amazing back-to-back plays that were long forgotten by the end of the game.

"The two-minute offense is what we are built on," Hoss said. "I think Selts' running opened things up for our wide receivers."

And no one takes advantage of such openings more than Coan, a sophomore who set two Long Island records in the first half.

Coan tied former Lawrence quarterback Joe Capobianco's record with his 38th touchdown pass of the season in dramatic fashion, finding Murphy open down the middle on a deep slant. No. 39, and the Long Island single-season record, came on a 5-yard pass to Ryan Kelly with 3:04 left in the first quarter for a 14-7 Sayville lead.

Coan also surpassed Capobianco's single-season passing yardage mark of 2,968 when he threw for 199 in the first half. Coan, affected by a wind that picked up in the second half, completed 17 of 32 for 309 yards for a season total of 3,116.

"To be honest,'' Hoss said, "it was such a dogfight, there was no chance to enjoy the records."

But the Golden Flashes will get to enjoy their fourth trip to the LIC in five years, thanks to a brilliant execution of the two-minute drill.

They took possession at their 20 with 2:42 left. Coan completed three passes to Christopher Rupp, one to Kelly and a big one of 20 yards to Murphy.

Selts churned out the rest of the yardage on the drive, including the final 12 yards on three runs up the middle. All night he had spun away from tacklers or made daring cutbacks. But the final yard for the final touchdown came on a leap over the top of the pile.

"He's waited three years for this moment," Hoss said.

It was a big moment.


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