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Longo’s laments

Lindenhurst's Teddy Mangione (83) scoops up the loose

Lindenhurst's Teddy Mangione (83) scoops up the loose football after a fumble by William Floyd in the first half. (Oct. 1, 2010) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Floyd coach Paul Longo wasn’t as happy as you might imagine Friday night, even though his team had held on for a hard-fought 12-7 victory over Lindenhurst in a Division I mud bath at the Colonials’ home field to remain undefeated at 4-0.

"I’m ticked off about that last play," Longo said. He was referring to a desperation pass by Bulldogs quarterback Steve Skon to his brother Kenny that covered 27 yards and put a scare into the Colonials and their fans until Kenny Skon was gang-tackled at the Floyd 38 as time expired.

"I should’ve done a better job with the clock," Longo said. The Colonials had the ball inside the Lindy 30 with 1:15 left and the Bulldogs having one timeout left. Floyd, with a little better clock management, could probably have prevented Lindenhurst from getting the ball back. As it was, on fourth down, quarterback A.J. Otranto was instructed to run backwards and kill the clock, but he slipped on the muddy turf, giving the ball back to the visitors for one last play.

Longo also second-guessed himself for a decision to abandon the spread offense after a fumbled snap led to a turnover (above) the one time he tried Otranto in the shotgun setup. "He’s done a good job in the spread all year and we probably would’ve scored more points," said Longo, admitting that the wet, muddy conditions, "made me too conservative."

After that turnover, Floyd stayed in its power-I, utilizing running backs Stacey Bedell, Patrick Hansen and Luke Miller, as well as Otranto on the occasional keeper. But without the threat of a pass, Lindenhurst played 10 and sometimes 11 in the box, making it tough for Floyd to sustain long drives on the ground. In fact, both teams went scoreless the entire second half.

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