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It’s the playoffs for Long Island high school football and the pressure is building.  Victory doesn’t come easy and one false move could knock any team out of the bracket.  One team, however, stands firm in their belief to never quit; to Never Say Die!  Sayville’s Golden Flashes are the team that will never surrender under the intense pressure of the playoffs; continuing to play ‘til the last man is standing.

Bringing their “A” game to the table, the Golden Flashes are a likely candidate for the Long Island Championship. Coach Hoss, who is head of the Sayville Golden Flashes and the offensive coordinator, is confident that his team will make it to the Long Island Championship. Coach Rob Hoss stands by his team’s performance this season and with an 8-1 record, the Golden Flashes are looking pretty good.

“We are setting the bar as high as we can go,” says coach Hoss.  “We are aiming for the Long Island Championship.”  However, Coach Hoss offers wisdom to his players that the path should never be out of sight of the goal. “We have to enjoy the journey.  If we focus on the destination the journey means nothing and we fail.”

Thrusting the Golden Flashes into the playoffs is Quarterback Steven Ferriera.  Ferreira, nominated for the Boomer Award leads the county in yards passing and touchdown passes.  Coach Hoss had plenty to say about this star athlete, “Steven is the ‘cog in the wheel’ for this team.”  Coach Hoss’ confidence in Ferriera brings an incredible faith in the rest of the team, “The way Ferriera plays, and reflects the way the entire team plays.”

Utilizing a two by two receiver line up, Coach Hoss designed the offensive strategy to protect Ferrier.  “We have a fast break offense,” says Coach Hoss.  “We get on the line fast enough so that the other team does not have the time to react.”

Invoking a fast paced attack against the defensive line, Coach Hoss’ strategy truly puts the name ‘Flash’ to the test. “This has worked for us in the past however the opposition is getting wise to our strategy.  So it is up to us to create a tempo that the defense cannot beat. By using a pressure defense we define the blitzes to throw the football.”

“Our offensive strategy utilizes the power of our offense for max protection,” says Coach Hoss.  “In the seven out of nine games we have played, we were trailing, but our offense is built to score quickly.”

A strong offense needs a good defense.  Defensive Coordinator Reed Sands has his hands full training nine new players this season.  Since their defeat against Islip in the beginning of the season, their defense has only improved.  “When you have a complicated defensive scheme, such as ours, you want to strengthen your defensive line and your offensive line,” says Coach Hoss. “And since our Islip game, even though the numbers haven’t been pretty, our defense has really gelled.”

Speed and agility is an absolute necessity to win a playoff game and John Haggart is the man to deliver. Haggart, The Golden Flashes Tailback, has run for 197 yards this season and according to Coach Hoss is a pivotal player to his offensive strategy.  “When playing Haggart we utilize the run more and we run more to take off the heat of the pass,” claims Coach Hoss. This tenth grader serves as an asset to the Golden Flashes and exhibits the qualities of a future college prospect.

What more does a team need than a powerhouse to protect the quarterback, handle the ball and destroy the opposition?  Joe DeLuca, two time all county champion and nominated for the Zeller Award, dominates the field as the Golden Flashes Tight End and Nose Guard.  Coach Hoss states, “DeLuca serves as an important player to the team.  His physical dominance allows us to pass and set up the run.”   DeLuca’s versatility offers the Golden Flashes the strength they need to execute the offensive plays and play defensively.

This Titan is a versatile player that offers a magnificent talent that no Double A school can ignore.  “We use a no huddle spread, and with DeLuca we can execute this strategy, we love to throw the ball,” says Coach Hoss.  DeLuca, a senior at Sayville High School, stands to be a promising addition to any college football team roster.

As the playoffs continue, the spirit of the Golden Flashes will be tested in games to come.  “I am very proud of the attitude that the team brings to the field,” Coach Hoss exclaims haughtily.  “This team has a Never Say Die attitude, it doesn’t matter what the score is, and they never give up.”  The Golden Flashes have much to offer and little to prove on the field this season.  With the determination to win, a strong attitude and refusing to quit, the Golden Flashes hold the key to surviving the playoffs.

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