Welcome back to fall Friday night lights — playoffs style.
Following a dark November that saw Long Island’s fall football season postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, Greater Sayville’s three area high schools play tonight, Nov. 5, in the first round of the county playoffs.
Sayville is the No. 1 seed in the eight-team Division III tournament. The mighty Golden Flashes are unbeaten and ride a 14-game winning streak into their first-round matchup with Harborfields (3-5) at Timothy J. Henck Memorial Field on Greeley Avenue in Sayville at 6 p.m.
Sayville’s high octane, 33-points-per-game offense is led by quarterback Jack Smalley and energized by 14-year-old freshman running back Kyle Messina, who went absolutely beast mode in Sayville’s 51-44 win over rival East Islip last month, running for more than 250 yards with four touchdowns (he passed for a touchdown pass too).
During the spring, Sayville went undefeated and won the Division III championship, earning the coveted Rutgers Trophy as Suffolk County’s most outstanding team. The Golden Flashes are ranked No. 14 in the state on Maxpreps’ New York High School Football Rankings.
BBP on fire heading into playoffs
In this weekend’s deja vu game, Bayport-Blue Point, No. 26 on Maxpreps’ list of top state teams, hosts John Glenn (Elwood) at 5 p.m. in the first-round of the Division IV playoffs. The two teams squared off in Bayport just six days ago, with Bayport-Blue Point (7-1) winning 26-20. Glenn enters the playoffs with a 3-5 record.
Bayport-Blue Point’s incredible run this season includes a 34-14 shellacking of Suffolk football powerhouse Shoreham-Wading River. The Phantoms only loss came to came on Sept. 17 to Mount Sinai, 27-26. They have outscored their opponents 331-122 and have scored over 40 points in five games.
Connetquot aims for big upset in Lindy
In Division II, Connetquot, the No. 8 seed, travels to take on No. 1 Lindenhurst at 6 p.m. at the Lindenhurts High School field on Smith Street. The Thunderbirds (4-4) finished their regular season on Friday with a 46-0 win over Copiague. Lindenhurst is 7-1.
Top photo: Courtesy of Sayville Public Schools