Four games and four wins. The J. Taylor Finley Middle School seventh grade football team is off to a great start and riding an undefeated streak.
Finley-7 boasts a 4-0 mark under head coach Timothy Madden and assistant coach Julian Watts. The team has overwhelmed Riverhead (19-0), West Hollow (35-12), Candlewood (37-6) and East Northport (21-13). The wins against Riverhead and West Hollow were particularly satisfying as they came on the road.
“I am very happy with our progress so far,” Madden said. “The team is working very hard in practice and so far it is paying off.”
Finley-7 plays at Northport-7 on Friday at 4 p.m. and then hosts Centereach-Dawnwood-7 on Friday, November 4 at 4 p.m. in the season finale. “They will both be tough games,” Madden said.
The 37-member Finley-7 team has some superb athletes on the roster. Madden said the squad is learning the game of football the way the Blue Devil program has always liked to play it with an emphasis on fundamentals and teamwork.
“No one player is bigger than the team,” Madden said. “Everyone needs to check their ego at the door each day. The team concept dominates our entire philosophy. It permeates everything we do.”
Finley-7 players are learning scholastic rules and exploring various offensive and defensive positions. Madden strives to get every player on the field to give them a real taste of Huntington football.
“We like to go about our business in an understated way,” Madden. “This is a developmental level and we use mistakes as teachable moments. We hope to see players grow in their abilities and as teammates.”