Half Hollow Hills West has a logjam at quarterback, but this is no quarterback controversy. It’s the furthest thing from a problem — it’s a triple-your- pleasure situation.
The Colts charged into the Suffolk Division II final with three healthy quarterbacks, and all three played a major role in Saturday’s 38-20 victory over previously undefeated West Islip before a crowd of more than 3,100 at Stony Brook University’s LaValle Stadium.
Hills West coach Kyle Madden calls two of those quarterbacks, sophomore Deyvon Wright and senior Alexander Filacouris, “Fire and Ice.”
When Madden wants the fire, he turns to the electric Wright, who rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
When Madden wants finesse and patient running, he calls for Filacouris, who had 92 yards on 13 carries.
And when Madden needs the ball in the air, there’s the passing touch of sophomore Gerald Filardi, who completed 5 of 10 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
It all added up to 439 yards of total offense for the Colts.
“We have the luxury of three very talented guys at quarterback,” Madden said with a laugh. “We run them out there according to what we need on down and distance. All three contribute to our success. It’s been a process all season figuring who to use and when.”
They have it figured out, and now Hills West (9-2) will meet Garden City (11-0) for the Long Island Class II title at LaValle Stadium at noon on Nov. 27.
The Colts avenged both of their regular-season losses with blowout wins in the playoffs, including a 55-34 win over North Babylon in the semifinals.
“We’re healthy and it comes down to everyone being unselfish,” Madden said. “We have a lot of playmakers and all of them had to adapt their games to form the chemistry that is now a championship team.”
It was on full display yesterday. After four snaps, all three players had lined up at quarterback.
“It’s hard to defend that many options at quarterback, and when they ran off tackle, we couldn’t stop them,” West Islip coach Steve Mileti said. “They mixed it up very well. And the one quarterback was throwing dimes. He’s legitimate.”
West Islip (10-1), which fumbled the opening kickoff, never recovered from a 17-point first- quarter deficit.
T.J. Anitra recovered the fumbled kickoff at the 12, and four plays later, Matt Barone drilled his first field goal of the season, a 29-yarder that made it 3-0 with 10:57 left.
On the Colts’ next possession, the West Islip defense suffered a serious blow when Tim Mullane, the Lions’ leading tackler, was helped off the field with a left knee injury.
On the ensuing play, Filardi threw a perfect fade to Cam Jordan for a 30-yard touchdown. Barone’s kick made it 10-0 with 7:46 left in the first quarter. The drive went 90 yards in four plays, highlighted by Wright’s 61-yard run around right end.
Wright added an 11-yard run to make it 17-0 before the end of the quarter.
Quarterback Jake Guercio ran 36 yards for a score midway through the second quarter to get West Islip within 17-7, but Hills West responded immediately. The Colts went 80 yards in three plays, capped by another long touchdown pass as Filardi found Jordan behind the secondary for a 59-yard score and a 24-7 lead.
“It’s easy to throw to guys like Cam,” said Filardi, who celebrated his 16th birthday yesterday. “The line gave me crazy amounts of time and I made my throws.”
The Colts opened the third quarter in similar quick-strike fashion. Filardi threw a beauty of a pass and hit Jeff Terry on the fly for an 88-yard touchdown and a 31-7 lead with 10:41 left in the game.
“Gerald is an amazing player,” Madden said. “He can throw, he can lead block like a fullback and he can make a tackle on a kickoff. He does it all.”