Sayville quarterback Jake Tripptree will play in Saturday’s Long Island Class III championship game.
The Golden Flashes will meet Plainedge in a battle of unbeatens at Stony Brook University’s LaValle Stadium at noon.
“Jake is a go for the championship,” Sayville coach Reade Sands said. “We’re excited that he’s able to play. He said all week that he wanted to be out there with his teammates. We were waiting for clearance from his doctor.”
Tripptree, a junior, suffered a left shoulder injury in the first half of last week’s Suffolk III title win over Westhampton. He did not return for the second half and Sayville employed a two-quarterback system to finish the win. The Golden Flashes used the Wildcat formation, with halfback Kyle Messina taking the shotgun snap, and freshman Pat Coan tossed a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
“We were prepared if Jake couldn’t go,” Sands said. “But he’s had a great season and it’ll give us a big lift having him back.”
Tripptree, who attended but did not practice all week, has thrown for 22 touchdowns and 1,683 yards in leading the Golden Flashes to an 11-0 record.
Plainedge coach Rob Shaver said his team will be ready no matter who’s at quarterback.
“He’s a very good quarterback and we know he can run it and pass,” Shaver said. “We’ll be ready to play.”
Plainedge captured consecutive Long Island Class III titles in 2019 and 2021. There was no LIC in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The schools have split two meetings in the LIC. Sayville won in 2015 and Plainedge in 2019.