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Any other year, a football game between Suffolk powerhouses William Floyd and Sayville would draw an enormous crowd.

And yet, in any other season, such a unique matchup would never even happen.

As it is, Floyd will host the Golden Flashes Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of dozens of people, instead of thousands, because of the pandemic that made their game possible.

“We wanted to play a different kind of team and test ourselves,” Sayville coach Reade Sands told Newsday. “This will be that: the two teams could not be more different.”

“I can’t imagine the crowd we would have had if the situation was where anyone could come watch,” longtime William Floyd Coach Paul Longo told, noting Section XI restrictions limiting attendance to two fans per athlete. “It’s a great game for Suffolk County high school football.”

Click either of the following links to watch the game live:

NFHS Network
You’ll need to create a free account to get access to the live stream.

William Floyd School District Athletics
This is a YouTube link that will be live by game time.

Sayville (1-0) was originally scheduled to host Harborfields tonight, but Harborfields is on COVID-19 quarantine. The Golden Flashes haven’t played since their win over Kings Park on March 12. William Floyd (2-0) originally had a bye on its schedule for this week.

Over the last 19 years, Sayville has won nine Suffolk Division III titles, while William Floyd, a much larger school district, has captured 12 Suffolk Division I championships.

William Floyd and Sayville have not played each other since the early 1980s. Sayville has won each of their three meetings.