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Long Island running back William Stanback runs with the ball during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Empire Challenge football practice

Long Island football players practiced Sunday for the upcoming Empire Challenge game, where they will face all-star players from New York City.

Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto looks for an
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Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto looks for an open receiver during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Long Island's Ousmane Camara looks on during practice
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Long Island's Ousmane Camara looks on during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto looks on during
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Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto looks on during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

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Long Island wide receiver Nick Rizzo looks on
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Long Island wide receiver Nick Rizzo looks on during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Long Island wide receiver Matt Starr runs with
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Long Island wide receiver Matt Starr runs with the ball during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Long Island running back William Stanback runs with
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Long Island running back William Stanback runs with the ball during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto, right, and defensive
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Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto, right, and defensive tackle Ousmane Camara look on during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Long Island kicker Zane Wasp kicks off the
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Long Island kicker Zane Wasp kicks off the tee during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

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Long Island quarterback Brian McKean throws the ball
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Long Island quarterback Brian McKean throws the ball during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto hands the bal
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Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto hands the bal off to Tyler Fredericks during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto receives a snap
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Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto receives a snap from center Matt Iovino during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

The Long Island offense practices for the Empire
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The Long Island offense practices for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Long Island wide receiver James Higgins runs with
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Long Island wide receiver James Higgins runs with the ball during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

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Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto hands the ball
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Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto hands the ball off to running back William Stanback during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto throws a pass
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Long Island quarterback AJ Otranto throws a pass during practice for the Empire Challenge all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 17, 2013)

Long Island running back William Stanback looks on
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Long Island running back William Stanback looks on during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island outside linebacker Vassili Grigorakos, center, practices
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Long Island outside linebacker Vassili Grigorakos, center, practices with teammates for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island middle linebacker Ryan Feiner sets during
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Long Island middle linebacker Ryan Feiner sets during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

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Long Island outside linebacker Vassili Grigorakos practices for
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Long Island outside linebacker Vassili Grigorakos practices for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island outside linebacker Scott D'Antonio looks on
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Long Island outside linebacker Scott D'Antonio looks on during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island outside linebacker Scott D'Antonio practices for
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Long Island outside linebacker Scott D'Antonio practices for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

The Long Island team practices for the United
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The Long Island team practices for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island running back William Stanback runs a
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Long Island running back William Stanback runs a play during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

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Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali looks on
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Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali looks on during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island running back William Stanback practices for
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Long Island running back William Stanback practices for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island wide receiver Jeff Pittman looks on
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Long Island wide receiver Jeff Pittman looks on during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island outside linebacker Vassili Grigorakos looks on
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Long Island outside linebacker Vassili Grigorakos looks on during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali, left, defends
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Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali, left, defends running back William Stanback during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

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Long Island middle linebacker Ryan Feiner looks on
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Long Island middle linebacker Ryan Feiner looks on during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali, right, defends
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Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali, right, defends running back William Stanback during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island running back William Stanback takes a
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Long Island running back William Stanback takes a water break during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island defensive tackle Ousmane Camara tosses the
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Long Island defensive tackle Ousmane Camara tosses the football during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game at Hofstra University. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island running back William Stanback practices for
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Long Island running back William Stanback practices for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

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Long Island defensive players listen to instructions during
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Long Island defensive players listen to instructions during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island running back William Stanback practices for
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Long Island running back William Stanback practices for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali practices for
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Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali practices for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island running back William Stanback runs a
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Long Island running back William Stanback runs a play during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island outside linebacker Vassili Grigorakos, right, tackles
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Long Island outside linebacker Vassili Grigorakos, right, tackles Steven Mills during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

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Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali looks on
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Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali looks on during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island outside linebacker Scott D'Antonio sets during
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Long Island outside linebacker Scott D'Antonio sets during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island middle linebacker Ryan Feiner looks on
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Long Island middle linebacker Ryan Feiner looks on during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali practices for
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Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali practices for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali listens to
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Long Island middle linebacker Steven Casali listens to instructions during practice for the United Healthcare Empire Challenge high school all-star football game. (June 16, 2013)

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