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Long Island team running back William Stanback reacts on the sidelines after scoring his third touchdown against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

2013 Empire Challenge

Long Island's top senior football players defeated New York City's best senior football players, 40-8 Thursday in the 2013 Empire Challenge at Shuart Stadium.

Gunnar Esiason looks on during half-time between the
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Gunnar Esiason looks on during half-time between the Long Island and New York City teams in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team defensive tackle Ousmane Carmara plays
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Long Island team defensive tackle Ousmane Carmara plays against the New York City team's Ricky Comis in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island's Tyler Fredericks carries the ball against
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Long Island's Tyler Fredericks carries the ball against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

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Long Island team defensive end Nick Ross sacks
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Long Island team defensive end Nick Ross sacks New York City team running back Kendall Thomas in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team running back William Stanback was
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Long Island team running back William Stanback was named MVP after scoring four touchdowns against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. Long Island won 40-8. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team quarterback A.J. Otranto, left, celebrates
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Long Island team quarterback A.J. Otranto, left, celebrates with running back William Stanback after he scores his fourth touchdown against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team running back William Stanback reacts
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Long Island team running back William Stanback reacts on the sidelines after scoring his third touchdown against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team running back William Stanback reacts
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Long Island team running back William Stanback reacts on the sidelines during action against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

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Long Island team running back William Stanback gains
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Long Island team running back William Stanback gains yardage against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team running back William Stanback looks
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Long Island team running back William Stanback looks for running space against the New York City team middle linebacker Nicholas N. King in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team tailback Tyler Fredericks runs the
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Long Island team tailback Tyler Fredericks runs the ball against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team middle linebacker Steven Casali tackles
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Long Island team middle linebacker Steven Casali tackles New York City team running back Thomas Kendall in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team running back William Stanback scores
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Long Island team running back William Stanback scores against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

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Long Island team's Tom Kelleher drives the ball
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Long Island team's Tom Kelleher drives the ball against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team quarterback A.J. Otranto looks to
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Long Island team quarterback A.J. Otranto looks to pass against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team tailback Tyler Fredericks runs the
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Long Island team tailback Tyler Fredericks runs the ball against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team running back William Stanback, center,
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Long Island team running back William Stanback, center, and teammates celebrate a touchdown against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team quarterback Brian McKean throws a
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Long Island team quarterback Brian McKean throws a pass against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

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Long Island team running back William Stanback runs
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Long Island team running back William Stanback runs the football against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team quarterback A.J. Otranto passes the
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Long Island team quarterback A.J. Otranto passes the football against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team quarterback A.J. Otranto looks to
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Long Island team quarterback A.J. Otranto looks to pass against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team running back William Stanback runs
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Long Island team running back William Stanback runs the football against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Long Island team's Tom Kelleher drives the ball
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Long Island team's Tom Kelleher drives the ball against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

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Long Island team quarterback A.J. Otranto passes the
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Long Island team quarterback A.J. Otranto passes the football against the New York City team in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

Boomer Esiason watches from the sidelines during the
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Boomer Esiason watches from the sidelines during the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game between Long Island and New York City teams at Hofstra University. (June 18, 2013)

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