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Long Island running back Stacey Bedell dives in (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Long Island running back Stacey Bedell dives in for the touchdown against New York City in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Empire Challenge 2012

Long Island defeated New York City, 31-7, in the 2012 Empire Challenge.

A flag is stretched across the field at
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

A flag is stretched across the field at the start of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium at Hoftsra University.

Long Island's Brian VonBargen (28) is congratulated on
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Long Island's Brian VonBargen (28) is congratulated on his interception by linebacker Chris Hercules (55) in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island running back Stacey Bedell dives in
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Long Island running back Stacey Bedell dives in for the touchdown against New York City in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

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Long Island running back Stacey Bedell is seen
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Long Island running back Stacey Bedell is seen on the sidelines during the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island quarterback Isaiah Barnes hands the ball
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Long Island quarterback Isaiah Barnes hands the ball off to running back Ryan Fredericks in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island quarterback Isaiah Barnes drives the ball
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Long Island quarterback Isaiah Barnes drives the ball against New York City linebacker Ryan Gibson in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island quarterback Isaiah Barnes drives the ball
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Long Island quarterback Isaiah Barnes drives the ball against New York City in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island running back Stacey Bedell runs the
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Long Island running back Stacey Bedell runs the ball against New York City in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

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Long Island linebacker Evan Kappatos sacks New York
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Long Island linebacker Evan Kappatos sacks New York City quarterback Jessel J. Jonesa in the first quarter of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island quarterback Rich Czeczotka carries the ball
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Long Island quarterback Rich Czeczotka carries the ball against New York City in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island running back Ryan Fredericks carries the
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Long Island running back Ryan Fredericks carries the ball against New York City in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island linebacker Chris Hercules reacts after making
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Long Island linebacker Chris Hercules reacts after making a tackle against New York City in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island linebacker Chris Hercules (bottom left) tackles
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Long Island linebacker Chris Hercules (bottom left) tackles New York City's Richard Guinyard in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

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Long Island running back Stacey Bedell breaks free
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Long Island running back Stacey Bedell breaks free of a tackle by New York City linebacker Ken Coughlin in the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island running back Stacey Bedell drives to
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Long Island running back Stacey Bedell drives to the one yard line against New York City in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island running back Stacey Bedell dives in
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Long Island running back Stacey Bedell dives in for the touchdown against New York City in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island quarterback Isaiah Barnes drives the ball
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Long Island quarterback Isaiah Barnes drives the ball against New York City in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island running back Stacey Bedell runs the
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Long Island running back Stacey Bedell runs the ball against New York City in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

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Long Island quarterback Steven Ferreira looks to make
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Long Island quarterback Steven Ferreira looks to make a pass against New York City in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

Long Island running back Ryan Fredericks gains yardage
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Long Island running back Ryan Fredericks gains yardage against New York City in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

2012: LONG ISLAND 31, NYC 7 | June
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2012: LONG ISLAND 31, NYC 7 | June 19, 2012
MVP: Stacey Bedell, RB, Floyd
Bedell ran for 137 yards and three TDs as Long Island took a 31-0 lead into the closing minutes. Alvin Cornelius caught an 18-yard TD pass with 3:04 left for New York City's only score. Sayville QB Steven Ferreira was 8-for-11 for 132 yards and two TDs.

Long Island quarterback Isaiah Barnes gains nine yards
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Long Island quarterback Isaiah Barnes gains nine yards against New York City in the first half of the United Healthcare Empire Challenge football game at Shuart Stadium. (June 19, 2012)

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