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Empire Challenge by the numbers

Long Island's Andrew Ris (13) looks for running

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It was a contrast in offensive styles at Wednesday night's Empire Challenge.

Long Island accumulated 257 yards passing and only four rushing while New York City had 268 yards rushing and 108 through the air. Andrew Ris (Carey) matched Trent Crossan (Sachem North) with three receptions, for 51 yards, and also completed a two-point conversion pass as the holder.

The City was led by Kahlil...

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11 Empire Challenge players heading to Nassau CC

Farmingdale's Curtis Jenkins rushes for a long gain

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As today’s seniors prep for the 19th annual Empire Challenge All-Star football game Wednesday night at Hofstra, several are headed to the same college in the fall.

Nassau Community College is the destination for seven players on the Long Island team and four on the NYC squad.

The list for Long Island includes Levar Butts and Troy Greene (Huntington), Jeremiah Cheatom (Riverhead), Marc...

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Why playing basketball is 'awesome' for Plainedge's John Danielo

Plainedge wide receiver John Danielo makes a catch

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John Danielo thought his high school athletic career was over last November.

Danielo, a senior who plays football, basketball and baseball at Plainedge, discovered a lump on his right arm several days after taking a hit during a football game. Danielo said it grew so large that it eventually inhibited his ability to make a play on the field.

After getting an MRI, Danielo said the radiologist...

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Records set in Long Island Class IV championship

Babylon quarterback Nick Santorelli attempts a pass downfield.

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Records fell like autumn leaves in Friday’s Long Island Class IV championship game, won by Babylon, 27-26.

Here’s the scorecard:

-- Babylon broke the Suffolk County single-season scoring record of 500 points set by St. Anthony’s in 2003 on Jake Carlock’s 10-yard TD reception with 5:37 left in the third quarter. They finished with 510 points in 12 games.

-- With 10 receptions, Babylon’s...

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Norm Murray remembered at LICs

The right corner of the Hofstra press box has, for years, been known as Norm Murray Corner, replete with a street sign that hangs from a pillar bearing those exact words in gold on a blue background – the Hofstra school colors.

Murray , the long-time voice of Hofstra football and lacrosse, Nassau Community College football and lacrosse, Nassau high school playoff football and lacrosse and...

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MSG Varsity to air high school football on Thanksgiving

Commack's Andrew Caccamo (36) cheers as head coach

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Maybe you're in the mood for a different brand of football this Thanksgiving.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. MSG Varsity will air a special replay of the Nassau Conference I finals and Suffolk Division I finals.

Viewers can tune in on Optimum channel 414....

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Which high school football teams will advance in the playoffs?

Connetquot running back Marcus Gutierrez looks to get

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The high school football regular season is in the books, which can mean only one thing -- playoffs! (It's OK if you said that in the classic Jim Mora voice . . . we did, too.)

The high school football postseason kicks off this Friday night, and by the end of the weekend 37 games featuring 70 Long Island teams will have been played.

We at Newsday want to know which teams you think will...

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Port Washington's Jamel Ramsay named Jets high school coach of the week

Port Washington running back Michael Gennusa runs the

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Port Washington football coach Jamel Ramsay earned the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award on Tuesday after the Vikings improved to 6-0 with a 21-7 win over Nassau Conference V rival Roslyn last Saturday.

The award, in its 18th year, is presented each week to a coach in the tri-state area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound fundamentals, the...

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Week 3 football staff picks

Carey's Andrew Ris dives for a touchdown against Wantagh.

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A look at Newsday's staff picks for Week 3 of the high school football season by Gregg Sarra, Bob Herzog and Andy Slawson.   GAMES SARRA HERZOG SLAWSON On the season 18-2 18-2 13-7 Syosset at Farmingdale Farmingdale Farmingdale Farmingdale Lindenhurt at Connetquot Connetquot Connetquot Connetquot Northport at Sachem East Northport Northport Northport Centereach at West Babylon Centereach Centereach...

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