Colonials advance to Suffolk County Championships


The three-time defending Suffolk County champion William Floyd Colonials are headed back to the county title game! On Saturday afternoon, before the wild weather hit, the No. 2 Colonials defeated No. 3 Commack 31-16 to set up a showdown with No. 1 Walt Whitman at Stony Brook University’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. This game is a rematch from last season’s 28-21 thrilling overtime victory for the Colonials, which secured them their third consecutive county title and 13th overall.

The formula for William Floyd on Saturday was straightforward and effective – run the football. Star running back Dylan Harris added to his great season with 128 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. Dual-threat quarterback LaDuke Harris also had 120 rushing yards and a touchdown. Sonny Mayo added 41 yards on the ground.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Colonials were led by a great line and linebacking corps. Dylan Harris led the team with 10 tackles, including two for a loss. Deontae Sykes and Jayson Thomas each had two sacks, and Jordan O’Brien had a key interception in the second half that sealed momentum for William Floyd and helped them put the game out of reach.

Kicker and defensive back Caden Lesiewicz also had a great day, recording six tackles and two batted passes on defense, and a perfect 4/4 on PATs as well as a 32-yard field goal.

William Floyd is now one win away from their 14th overall Suffolk County championship in their program’s illustrious history. With a county title and a trip to Hofstra University on the line, they look to avenge their only loss of the regular season and deny the Wildcats once again.

Under head coach Paul Longo, the winningest coach in Suffolk County public school history, the Colonials currently have 13 Suffolk County titles following the 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons along with five Long Island Championships in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012.

Like the previous round of the playoffs, Section XI charges a fee for attendance.