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Some Interesting Highlights Of The Decades

Sayville High School began play in interscholastic football in 1928. Two seasons were cancelled: 1930 due to injuries, and 1943 due to World War II. There have been 75 seasons of football. During those years, there have been 54 winning seasons, 21 losing seasons and 4 (.500) seasons. There have only been five losing seasons since 1956.

1920' and 30's:

The Sayville High School Yearbook continually speaks of the Sayville eleven being outmanned and outweighed and yet still fighting hard. The 1938 and 1939 teams had winning records and there had developed an "ever burning flame of consuming rivalry" with Patchogue as evidenced by a turnout of 8,500 paid admissions- "and who knows how many under the fence"- for the 1939 night game won by Sayville 2-0.

The 1940's:

World War II slowed the football program significantly. In the 1942 season all games had to be reached by railroad, limiting some traditional rivalries. The '43 season was cancelled as many high schools were not able to field teams due to the "manpower shortage." However, a strong inter-squad game at the end of the season was fun for all. Sayville had strong individual performances from All-County players Art Krsnak (1944) and Lou Huner (1945 & 1946).

The 1950's:

The 1950's opened with Sayville's best season ever, a 6-2 record under coach Vern Eales. Coach Eales had begun coaching in the 1937 season and would coach through 1953 (17 years). In 1954 Lou Verspoor was All-Suffolk. In 1957, under new coach Ken Weinbel the team bounced back to a winning record after 4 unsuccessful years and in 1958 and 1959 led the county in defense, establishing a Sayville record in the process. There were 6 winning seasons in the 1950's.

The 1960's:

The 1961 team had Sayville's best record to date at 7-1. Wayne LoCurto and Bernie Kolar were All-County and Kolar was named to the Prep High School All-American Team. In the 1965 yearbook, Coach Carpenter wrote that Sayville was "the smallest school in the best football league in Suffolk" and very successful. In the 1968, under new coach Ed Madden, Sayville had its' first undefeated season, establishing new records for points scored and least points allowed. The decade of the 1960's produced Sayville' best winning percentage, most shutouts (28 of 78 games) and lowest points allowed average per game. There was only one losing season in the 1960's.

The 1970's:

If the 60's was the decade of defense, the 1970's was the decade of offense. In 1972, for coach Madden, Hansen Award Winner and All-American Chad Smith, and All-State performer Derek Smith led the way to the Rutgers Trophy. Sayville established a new record for points scored and had their first perfect season (9-0). There were eight winning seasons in the 1970's and the decade saw Sayville average over 22.5 points per game. In 1977 Coach Benedict started Sayville on a streak of 18 years without a losing season.

The 1980's:

The hallmarks of the teams of the 1980's were teamwork, pride, spirit, and heart. A new "burning rivalry" with Comsewogue had developed. For Coaches Buderman and Van Voorhees, Sayville had winning seasons every year, culminating with the Suffolk Small Schools Championship in 1989. Zellner Award winner Tom Dolan and Jason Mastropierro were All-County.

The 1990's:

The winning Tradition continued as Sayville outscored their opponents 2,297-1063. Coach Van Voorhees retired after 15 seasons and compiled a .729 winning percentage, highest in Sayville history. In 1998 under the direction of first year Head Coach Ed Mills, Sayville captured its first Long Island Championship, beating Glen Cove 51-6 at Hofstra University. The 90's ended on a sour note as Sayville suffered its first losing season since 1976.

The 2000's:

The Championships continued to mount as the 2008 team led by Coach Rob Hoss beat Bethpage 13-6 in overtime to capture its Fourth Long Island Championship. The 2006 team also beat Bethpage 48-6 and captured its Third Long Island Championship. In addition, the 2004 team captured Sayville's Second Long Island Championship by mauling the favored and unbeaten Wantagh Warriors 55-14 at Hofstra University. The 2004 team captured Sayville's Second Rutgers Trophy, breaking previous records for most wins in a season going 11-0 and most points scored in a single season, 420. The 2004 team holds the LI Championship record for points scored in a Championship game with 55 breaking the 1998 record of 51 held by the 1998 Sayville team. 

 The 2010’s:

 The 2011 team won the programs 5th Long Island Championship in record setting fashion defeating Lawrence 78-61, in the highest scoring game in Long Island History.  The 2011 team also broke a Sayville record for most points in a game (78) and most points scored in a season with (467).  The 2011 team completed the programs 4th unbeaten season and 3rd Rutgers Trophy.


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