Leading off today:
Sayville senior Matt Selts gained 154 of his 206 yards after halftime to carry Sayville to a 28-21 win
over Islip for the Suffolk III football championship Thursday.
"He came in at halftime and said, 'Coach, give me the ball,' " coach Rob Hoss told MSG Varsity.
Hoss recorded 27 second-half carries, scoring a pair of touchdowns. His 1-yard dive with 30 seconds remaining gave Sayville (11-0) its record 12th Suffolk championship.
Islip had tied at 21 with 2:42 to play when Will Killeen threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Raphael Alomar. The two hooked up for a 54-yard score earlier.
The Bucs also scored on Michael St. Lewis' 83-yard kickoff return in the second quarter one play after Sayville QB Jack Coan's 97-yard TD pass play with Kevin Murphy.
Coan tied former Lawrence quarterback Joe Capobianco's Long Island-record with his 38th touchdown pass of the season on the play to Murphy, and No. 39 came on a 5-yard pass to Ryan Kelly with 3:04 left in the first quarter for a 14-7 lead.
Coan also surpassed Capobianco's single-season yardage mark. He went 17 of 32 for 309 yards for a season total of 3,116 yards.
"To be honest," Hoss said, "it was such a dogfight, there was no chance to enjoy the records."
Nassau I final: Syosset wide receiver Ian Berg scored the winning TD with 3:19 left to lead sixth-seeded Syosset to a 26-20 win over top-seeded Baldwin.
Syosset last won county titles in 1973 and 1974.
"Forty years is a long time," Berg told MSG Varsity. "There were a lot of guys who came through here. We did it for the guys who put on the jersey before us. We were able to get the job done and rally around these guys on the field with us today."
Berg made seven catches for 106 yards, including a 16-yard TD to tie the score midway through the second quarter. He was essential to the Braves' winning drive, set up by an onside kick recovered by Ryan Donley with 4:56 left in the fourth quarter.
Will Hogan, a transfer from Reno, Nev., connected with Berg for 14 yards, Michael Elardo for 7 and then Alex Concannon for 19. Then Berg rushed 13 yards to the 2-yard line before scoring what proved to be the winning 2-yard TD.
Hogan was 21-of-41 for 287 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 41 yards and a TD. Elardo, a 5-foot-6 senior made eight receptions for 111 yards, breaking the Long Island record for receiving yards in a season. He also led the Braves with seven tackles.
Elardo's 111 yards gave him 1,343 yards for the season. Commack's Bryan Tornee had set the Long Island record with 1,269 yards in 2000. Bruce Williams of Syracuse CBA set the state record of 1,546 yards in 2004.
"It's a great achievement with everything going on here," Elardo said. "My team believes in me. It's an amazing thing. I have a great connection with (Hogan). We just clicked."
Corning appointment: Pete Graham was appointed coach of the Corning baseball team during Wednesday's school board meeting, making the New Jersey native only the second coach in program history. John Knapp coached for three decades before retiring in October.
"John set the tone, he's not only a mentor to me, but a friend," Graham told The Leader. "I'm going to take that baton and run with it."