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Nassau football top 10
"I am in misery, there ain't nobody who can comfort me," — "Misery" by Maroon 5.
In a matchup of undefeated teams, there's always one team that continues the dream of a perfect season. The thought of raising that Long Island Championship trophy over their head on Thanksgiving Weekend remains strong.
For the losers, it's a back-to-the-drawing-board mentality, realizing they'll most likely get another crack in the postseason. But until that reality sets in, it's just a feeling of misery.
But fear not Warriors and Bulldogs, your seasons are still alive and kicking, with meaningful November games very likely. Hewlett, which plays host to Sewanhaka (4-1) on Saturday in a battle for second place in Conference III, barely hangs on to a spot in this week's top 10, while Wantagh slips into the "honorable mention" category.
For the third straight week we're kicking it "Bottom 10" style, courtesy of Maroon 5.
Two of these teams (Oceanside, which finally makes its debut at No. 18, and Freeport, at No. 21) were worthy of entrance into MSG Varsity's tri-state football poll. None, even the undefeated Sailors, have garnered acceptance into Gregg Sarra's Big 10. Oceanside remains in the "outside looking in" category.
The Sailors, the top scoring team on Long Island with 213 points (42.6 per game), are one of five undefeated teams remaining in Nassau (Carey, Lynbrook, Seaford and Roosevelt are the others). The next, and last, battle of undefeated teams in Nassau will come in two weeks when Seaford plays host to Roosevelt. More on those teams in just a bit.
But without further ado, let's check out this week's Nassau top 10, Maroon 5 style...
1. Oceanside (5-0, Conference I): "I'm gonna get you back, gonna get you back..." The Sailors had lost 18 straight to Farmingdale dating back to 1977, the year of the Sailors' last county title. But Oceanside finally got the Dalers back with a 41-17 victory at home on Friday night. Oceanside trailed 14-0 and 17-13 before scoring 28 unanswered in the second half. Tyler Heuer was 21-for-32 with 259 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 48 yards and two scores on eight carries. He has 25 touchdowns on the season (18 passing, seven rushing). To see highlights of the game courtesy of MSG Varsity, click here.
Up next: At Plainview JFK (1-4) at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
2. Carey (5-0, Conference II): "Sometimes these cuts are so much deeper than they seem..." Are the Seahawks really that much better than Wantagh? They were on Saturday, laying a 30-0 drubbing on the home team behind Rob Zorn's 200 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 attempts. Kyle Zahradka also rushed for two scores, and the defense allowed only 18 yards on 18 plays as Carey built its 27-0 second-quarter lead. To see MSG Varsity highlights of the game, click here, and to hear Gregg Sarra break down the team's 5-0 start, click here.
Up next: Vs. Calhoun (2-3) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
3. Freeport (4-1, Conference I): "The way it feels to be completely intertwined..." In Conference I, the top teams never avoid each other. The Red Devils close the season with games against East Meadow, MacArthur and Oceanside, teams that currently have a combined 12-3 record. But first, they dispatched Syosset, the preseason No. 2 seed, 41-7 on the road Saturday, scoring 29 second-quarter points. Dan Olivier rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. He also caught a 5-yard TD pass, recovered a fumble and made five tackles.
Up next: Vs. East Meadow (4-1) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
4. Lynbrook (5-0, Conference III): "So let me be, and I'll set you free..." The Owls continued to do their thing on offense, while setting Hewlett free from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 45-30 victory at home over the Bulldogs on Saturday night. Mike Kozlakowski rushed for 133 yards, three touchdowns and a two-point conversion on 10 carries. Kendall Bruton caught six passes for 88 yards with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion catch, Travis Lock ran for 117 yards on 19 carries and Paul Magloire threw for 93 yards and two scores, and ran for 65 yards and two PATs. To see MSG Varsity highlights of the game, click here.
Up next: Vs. Division (1-4) at 2 p.m. on Saturday. (Remember to bring baby wipes and Gatorade mix!)
5. Seaford (5-0, Conference IV): "So scared of breaking it, but you won't let it bend..." The Vikings aren't about to let their 37-game Nassau winning streak and Long Island-high 17-game overall winning streak be broken. Saturday night against visiting North Shore was no different, as the Seaford Vikings charged to a 41-13 win over their like-named opponents. Justin Buckley rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. The Seaford defense has allowed a county-low 41 points in five games (8.2 per game).
Up next: At Floral Park (3-2) at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
6. Garden City (4-1, Conference II): "Girl you really got me bad, you really got me bad..." Aside from its Week 3 loss to Carey, the Trojans have outscored their opponents 155-13. That trend continued with a 42-0 blitzing of visiting Elmont on Saturday. Tom Gordon was 4-for-10 for 74 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The Garden City defense forced seven turnovers and held Elmont to 94 total yards. Scott Conetta recovered two fumbles, including one in the end zone off a blocked punt, and Conor McDonnell had a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Up next: At New Hyde Park (2-3) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
7. Roosevelt (5-0, Conference IV): "Why won't you answer me? The silence is slowly killing me..." The question on Rough Riders fans' minds? Can they knock off Seaford? The silence comes because many people just don't know. Good thing we'll find out in two weeks. In the meantime, Roosevelt rolled to a 36-24 win over visiting East Rockaway on Saturday behind Donte "The Monster" Colter's 243 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries.
Up next: Vs. Clarke (3-2) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
8. Hewlett (4-1, Conference III): "Say your faith is shaken, you may be mistaken..." The Bulldogs' faith may be shaken, but they hung tough Saturday night in Lynbrook, ultimately having to settle for a 45-30 defeat. Lenny Canales caught a 40-yard touchdown from Alex Kahn and also returned a kickoff 92 yards for a score. To see MSG Varsity highlights of the game, click here.
Up next: Vs. Sewanhaka (4-1), No. 9 on this list, at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
9. Sewanhaka (4-1, Conference III): "Your salty skin and how it mixes in with mine..." Sometimes the Indians don't win pretty and it leaves a salty feeling with observers. But a 4-1 start can turn "ugly wins" into a thing of beauty. Sewanhaka got there with a 38-14 win over Great Neck North on Saturday in a game they lead 31-0 at the half. Brian Wint rushed for 43 yards and two touchdowns on six carries, and threw for 48 yards and another score.
Up next: At Hewlett (4-1), No. 8 on this list, at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
10. Farmingdale (3-2, Conference I): "I'm desperate and confused, so far away from you..." The Dalers are probably still confused about how their 14-0 lead turned into a 41-17 defeat at the hands of Oceanside on Friday night. One bright spot for Farmingdale was the continued strong play of running back Kevin Wahl, who scored on a 1-yard TD run and a 29-yard pass from Sal Tuttle.
Up next: At Baldwin (3-2) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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