Last week Sachem North improved to 5-2 with a big win over Longwood. The victory snapped a two-game skid after suffering back-to-back losses to Northport and William Floyd. Kevin Bregaglia and Trent Crossan returned to the field in the game, and immediately made an impact.
This week they're home against the undefeated Connetquot Thunderbirds, who seem to have taken a lot of high school sports "experts" by surprise: beating William Floyd in the season-opener and taking apart Sachem East after East lost its star running back Steven Casali in the game.
We spoke with Sachem North Head Coach Dave Falco about getting the team back in the W column and tonight's final game of the regular season against Connetquot.
On Bregaglia's impact last week after sitting out against Floyd.
"Yes, getting Kevin and Trent [Crossan] and George Carrion back made a big difference in the game."
On the morale of the team this week.
"Winning always changes the mood in the building and on the practice field."
On the difference between 5-2 and 4-3. Did the win save the season? "Saved our season? No, we dont look at it that way. Four wins had us in the playoffs from the 2 seed in the preseason, so getting to five, and Floyd losing, just increases our chance at a higher playoff position."
Trent Crossan: Out for the season
Tyler Andreassi: Out for the season
Anthony Ross: Out for the season
Nick Accurso: Out for the season
Vin Valente: Out for the season
Mike Sofia: Out for the season
Ryan Felske: Out for the season
Matt O'Leary: Out for the season
Injured but Probable
On the overall approach against Connetquot tonight.
"We will need to slow down their no huddle."
On the improvement of the JV players brought up to fill gaps.
"Yes, we like the JV guys. They are improving every week."
Keys to Victory:
- Staying out of 3rd and long
- Time of possession
- Scoring in the Red Zone
- Red Zone defense
- 3rd down efficiency
Connetquot at Sachem High School North: Game Time: 7 p.m.