Spotlight on: William Floyd Colonials
Hometown: Mastic Beach, New York
Group: Section 11, Division
By Jimmy Oliver
Like the Atlantic Ocean waves that continually batter the nearby shores of Mastic Beach, N.Y., William Floyd (State PR: 75.38, Rank: 15) has been pounding opponents into the turf time and time again.
Just in the past decade alone, the Colonials have quickly proven themselves to be one of the top teams on Long Island – and perhaps the state – and the proof is there for all to see.
Since 2004, the Colonials have produced a whopping 44-1 overall record, which includes three consecutive Long Island Championships. The mark is one of the most impressive stretches by any football team in Long Island history.
Currently, William Floyd is in the midst of a 34-game winning streak, 38-straight home victories and 41 consecutive Suffolk Div. I regular season wins.
The streaks truly are unprecedented in Long Island high school football history.
And it’s apparent that the Colonials are already a dynasty still looking to change the record books. And so far this season, Floyd has shown no signs of a regime change.
Thus far in ‘08, the squad is off to a 3-0 start after giant wins over Lindenhurst, Longwood and Sachem East -- by a combined score of 80-34.
Meanwhile, the reigning champions are keeping the streak alive this season thanks to a multi-faceted attack. The Colonials are winning games both in the air and on the ground, despite a relatively inexperienced core due to heavy losses from graduation and injuries.
Steven Murphy leads the way as a first-year starter at quarterback and is proving to be capable of leading the team into the endzone. Helping to unload the burden on Murphy is highly touted running back Vaughn Magee. The senior has been dynamic early on and has put up consistent, superior play, including a 100-yard performance last week against Sachem East and a 100-yard second half effort versus Longwood.
And while the ’08 version of the Colonials may not be as dominating as the ’07 squad (which produced an average margin of victory of 35 points per game), the team is still finding a way to earn victories, even in a tough and balanced division.
It’s also evident that head coach Paul Longo is not afraid to go with what works and play to the strengths of his players.
The Colonials are currently one of many teams that have instilled the spread offense, and have done so to great success. But Floyd and company have shown the ability to adapt when adversity strikes.
During the squad’s recent 24-15 win over Longwood, many of the team’s passes were contained early and not gaining much offensively. So, instead, the squad implemented a power running game and quickly rattled off 154 yards on the ground in the second half en route to the win.
Meanwhile, the Colonials were up to their old tricks this past weekend against Sachem East, as the squad put up 42 points in convincing fashion, with 20 of those points coming in the second quarter to put the game out of reach. Magee accounted for three touchdowns in the game to help the Colonials clinch their 34th victory in a row.
And so while this may be a different Colonial team compared to the last three undefeated squads, one thing remains certain. The Colonials continue to put up wins, add to their unprecedented total and then plan on being part of the Long Island championship game for the fourth time in four years.
Next up: Friday, October 3 at Patchogue-Medford (State PR: 49.00, Rank: 62).