One key player can have a real impact on a football game. Especially when that one guy is Nick Silva.
The two-way star for the Floyd football team is trying to get himself healthy for this week’s showdown of unbeatens as Ward Melville travels to Mastic Beach to play Long Island’s top ranked team for a 2 p.m. Suffolk I game Saturday. According to Floyd coach Paul Longo, Silva suffered a leg injury in last week’s game against Central Islip and has been held out of practice all week.
“Nick is a game-time decision,” Longo said. “He’s so good on both sides of the ball and such an impact player that we may have to hold him out if he’s not 100 percent. We play on grass and we’re expecting heavy rains through Friday.”
Silva is the Colonials' leading rusher, scorer and tackler. He basically does everything at the highest level.
Floyd (5-0) will rely on quarterback Mack Driver and a ferocious defense led by senior ends PK Kite and Keith Winfrey and nose tackle Gary Anderson, a lean 6-1, 275-pounder to shut down a Ward Melville offense that scores 34 points per game.
Ward Melville QB Trey Berry threw for three scores in last week’s win over Whitman to get the Patriots off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 1974. They’ve never started a season 6-0.
“The QB is very athletic and the halfback [Nick] Troy is tough to tackle in the open field and battles for extra yardage,” Longo said. “I love these games against quality teams. It gets my guys fired up.”
West Islip at Lindenhurst, Friday, 6 p.m.: The first meeting since 1990 will feature a Bulldogs team that is on itheir greatest run in school history. The Bulldogs are the defending L.I. Class I champions and boast a 44-6 record since the start of the 2014 season. But none of that matters if they can’t stop West Islip QB Mike LaDonna, who operates the highest scoring team in Suffolk II and has the Lions off to a 5-0 start. LaDonna has scored nine touchdowns and passed for another nine. Lindy QB Mike Varela has thrown for 1,138 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Westhampton at Half Hollow Hills West, Saturday, 1 p.m.: Twins Jaden and Justin St. John-Alfano are impact players for undefeated Westhampton (5-0) that is on a school record run of 17 straight wins. The defending L.I. Class III champions, meet preseason top seed Hills West (5-0), which has lived up to the hype with all that offensive firepower led by halfbacks Justin Brown, who has 612 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, and Sadiq Hinds. The Colts' defense has only allowed eight points per game behind safety Gerald Filardi (five interceptions), OLB Joe Venezia and ILB Jake Cetta. Westhampton averages 39 points per game, so something’s got to give.
Shoreham-Wading River at Babylon, Friday, 6 p.m.: Two excellent QBs go head-to-head in this game. SWR’s speedy signal caller Xavier Arline has the Wildcats at 4-1 and scoring 35 points per game. Babylon (3-2) has starter Justin Vega back at the helm and he’s a game changer for the Panthers' offense. Babylon has beaten SWR in the regular season for two straight years — in games decided by three and six points.
Hayes at St. Anthony's, Friday, 7 p.m.: Hayes moved into the upper echelon of the CHSFL AAA division for a few years but have taken a step back in 2018, losing two of the first three games. The Cardinals will meet St. Anthony’s (4-1) coming off a disastrous non-league loss to Spalding (Md.), where the Friars allowed 22 unanswered fourth-quarter points and blew a 42-21 lead. QB Greg Campisi has been unstoppable. The Friars defense — not so good.
Farmingdale at Oceanside, Friday, 6 p.m.: Farmingdale QB Nick Lundin has two speedy weapons in WRs Rich Hickis and Phil Krpata and the Dalers have won four in a row after a season-opening loss to undefeated Freeport. Farmingdale has hit its stride behind a stingy defense and sturdy O-Line. Oceanside is 4-1 as freshman QB Charlie McKee has lit up the conference with 1,005 yards and 12 TD passes. Sailors WR Jake Lazzaro and WR Nick Platia can stretch a defense and give McKee downfield threats.
Plainedge at Roosevelt, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Plainedge (5-0) puts an undefeated season on the line against one of the most dangerous halfbacks on Long Island. Roosevelt senior Kevon Hall has 1,436 yards rushing and 16 TDs through a 3-2 start. The new turf at Roosevelt should bode well for Hall and his teammates but the Plainedge defense can smother a running game. Red Devils QB Dan Villari engineers an offense that scores 31 points per game.
East Rockaway at Seaford, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.: Seaford (4-1), the defending L.I. Class IV champion, is coming off a 34-14 loss to Cold Spring Harbor. East Rockaway (4-1) upset CSH, 22-12, in Week 4. This matchup goes a long way to determining the playoff seeds.
GREGG SARRA (30-20)
ROGER RUBIN (31-19)
ANDY SLAWSON (30-20)