Sachem North Flaming Arrows Football
After being ignited last year, the Flaming Arrows are absolutely on fire this season.   Their physical talent and mental stamina have driven a successful preseason for the Sachem North football team.  Returning from an 8-0 regular season, 10-1 after playoffs, the team is ranked No. 1 by Division I coaches for 2010.  Although they came up just short of the Long Island Championship last year, they believe that this year is their year.
Two-a-day sessions began in mid-August and the team headed to training camp in Fishkill, NY on August 22nd.  This is the first time that a Sachem team occupies the No. 1 seed since the district split in 2005 and they plan on filling the big shoes.
Sachem North drew a new notch last year taking home the most wins in one season since the program began 48 years ago.  As a result, support and recognition for the team has grown with their success.  The number of players has increased from 40 to 60 and they have adjusted their practices to prepare for their swelling fan base.
“We have introduced loud music at certain points in practice after last year’s championship game,” said Head Coach David Falco. “There were 5,000 people in attendance and we had difficulty communicating on the field.”
Coach Falco graduated from Sachem in 1984 as a three season athlete.  He played under Hall of Fame Head Coach Fred Fusaro and won the Suffolk County Championship after an undefeated season his senior year.  He went on to play football at Cortland State having an undefeated regular season, playing through the second round of the NCAA Championships.  He broke the receiver record and became the first player in Cortland’s history to have over 100 career receptions.
His first coaching job was for the Red Dragons after graduation.  He coached the team for six years while recruiting from Westchester and Long Island.   He returned to the Flaming Arrows in 1995 to assist his former coach and he has never left.  In 2003, he became the 4th head coach in the program’s history and he currently teaches physical education at the school.
Coach Falco’s accomplishments and dedication are proved by his 24-year membership in the American Football Coaches Association.  He is also the Section XI representative for the NY State High School Football Association and he sits on the executive committee.  He represents Section XI for Division I and serves as one of three site directors for the NYSHSFCA Spring Combine.
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Five captains have been named for this season.  Senior Jesse Scanna, line backer/half back and four year starter and senior Mike Andreassi, line backer/full back and three year starter constantly made headlines last year.  They each averaged about six yards per carry and added over ten tackles a piece in specific games.
They play beside senior Angelo Armine, quarterback/full back and three year starter; senior Tim Lang, tight end and senior Michael McCarthy, quarterback.   Another player to look out for is senior James Thompson, tight end and three year starter.
With 25 seniors on the roster, Sachem North will benefit from having an experienced team but knows that they must constantly change and improve.
“We have quality returning seniors but we need to be more balanced offensively,” said Coach Falco. “We rushed for 4,000 yards in 2009, but will need to throw more this year to be successful.”
Sachem North owned their No. 1 seed when they took down Bellport 30-14 in their first one-on-one scrimmage at Bellport on August 31st.  Although Scanna was out with a minor injury, the players persisted and it was clear that their hard work in the preseason had already created a cohesive team.   McCarthy and Armine had big plays offensively and Andreassi took control on the defensive end.  Their first regular season game is on their home field at 7:00 pm on September 11th against Patchogue.
Although they will take the season one game at a time, it is no doubt they look forward to meeting William Floyd on October 15th.  The Flaming Arrows will enjoy home field advantage as they take on the Colonials, who defeated them in the Suffolk County championship last year.
“Every game in Division I Suffolk County is a battle,” said Coach Falco.
Sachem North has lit the fire on the fight.

Coach David Falco
Sachem Class of 1984
Assistant Coach for 8 years
Head Coach for 8 years

Jesse Scanna, Senior
6’, 205 lbs.
Line Backer/Half Back

Mike Andreassi, Senior
5’11”, 200 lbs.
Line Backer/Full Back

Angelo Armine, Senior
5’9”, 185 lbs.
Quarterback/Offensive Line Back

Mike McCarthy, Senior
6’2”, 210 lbs.

James Thompson, Senior
6’1”, 260 lbs.
Defensive Line/Tight End

Dalton Crossan, Senior
5’9”, 180 lbs.
Running Back/Defensive Back

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