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Nassau football top 10
"You know we're superstars. We are who we are." — "We R Who We R" by Ke$ha.
Not going to lie, we here at the High School Football blog have a bit of a crush on Ke$ha. Actually, that's not completely true. I don't think Mr. Herzog knows who she is.
But me, yeah, I'm a fan. Or maybe it's just that I like to type the dollar sign where the "s" should be.
Either way, one thing that can't be disputed is the pop star's affinity for partying. She likes living the fast life and being a "superstar."
At this point of the season, there's only superstars left. The top four teams from each conference, who will battle it out for a spot in the L.I.C.s a little more than two weeks from now.
A few teams surprised last week. Take Syosset, which rolled past East Meadow 44-10 behind a record-setting day from two unlikely heroes — QB Daniel Ventricelli (Nassau playoff record five TD passes) and WR James Cohan (Nassau playoff record 182 receiving yards and four TD catches, which tied the Nassau playoff record). Yet nobody from last week's top 10 lost in the quarterfinals (Farmingdale nearly did), and thus, there's no change this week's rankings.
At the top, there's Carey, who's still striving for perfection. The Seahawks have been superstars all season, and just last week moved into the penthouse of Nassau County football. Nobody seemed to notice because of the Oceanside-Freeport game, but they've earned the top spot.
And just because they may be getting overlooked doesn't mean they don't have confidence in themselves. Like Ke$ha, they know who they are.
So week's song, "We R Who We R" is dedicated to the Seahawks — who know they're the top team in Nassau County right now. Garden City may have something to say about that next weekend, but that's a story for another day.
For the seventh straight week, we're kicking it "Bottom 10" style, courtesy of Miss Kesha Sebert (her real name).
A season-high four of the teams listed below — Freeport, Oceanside, Farmingdale and Carey — made it into this week's MSG Varsity tri-state football poll. The Red Devils, Sailors and Seahawks remained at Nos. 14, 17 and 23, respectively, while the Dalers made a repeat appearance after a few weeks away from the poll, at No. 22.
None have garnered acceptance into Gregg Sarra's Big 10. Carey is on the "outside looking in."
Without further ado, let's get to this week's Nassau top 10, Ke$ha style...
For a complete rundown of this weekend's semifinal matchups, click here. All eight Nassau games will be played at Hofstra, while Holy Trinity visits No. 2 Iona Prep in the CHSFL Class AAA semis.
1. Carey (9-0, Conference II): Don't expect the Seahawks to leave the top spot anytime soon, as they already beat their semifinal opponent, No. 5 Mepham, 35-0 just three weeks ago. This past Saturday, Kyle Zahradka threw all three of his touchdown passes on three consecutive plays in the first quarter of a 42-9 win at home over No. 8 Westbury. John Daddino (pictured above getting a handoff from Zahradka) added two TD runs and Steven Marino made all six of his extra points. It was top-seeded Carey's second straight 40-point performance.
Up next: Vs. No. 5 Mepham (7-2) at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Carey defeated Mepham 35-0 in Week 7, and they led 28-0 at the half.
2. Freeport (8-1, Conference I): "Hot and dangerous, if you're one of us then roll with us..." Not many teams are as hot and dangerous as the Red Devils. On Friday night, the top seed in Conference I easily took out No. 8 Baldwin at home 48-0 behind Dan Olivier, who rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Isaiah Barnes added touchdown passes of 47 and 39 yards on only three attempts. Freeport has scored 40+ points in every game during its six-game winning streak, and hasn't scored less than 34 in any game this season.
Up next: Vs. No. 5 Syosset (5-4) at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Freeport defeated the Braves 41-7 in Week 5.
3. Oceanside (8-1, Conference I): "We'll be forever young young yuh yuh yuh young..." Tyler Heuer and Gene Garay will remain forever young in the Nassau recordbooks, at least until some new hot shots usurp their records. But, for now, they're the top dogs. Heuer threw three touchdown passes in the No. 2 Sailors' 49-14 thumping at home over Massapequa, and has 33 on the season, the most in Nassau history. He came into the game tied with Randy Mills, a 2003 Freeport graduate, with 30. Garay caught all five touchdowns and had 183 yards. He has 1,051 receiving yards on the season, a Nassau record and 14 TD catches, tied for the county record. To read more about the QB/WR duo, click here.
Up next: Vs. No. 3 Farmingdale (7-2), No. 8 on this list, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Oceanside defeated the Dalers 41-17 in Week 5, scoring 28 unanswered points in the second half.
4. Seaford (9-0, Conference IV): "Tonight we're going hard hard hard ha ha hard, just like the world is our our our ah ah ours..." The whole world isn't the Vikings', just Conference IV. The top seed won its 41st straight game against conference opponents and 21st overall with a 34-7 drubbing of No. 8 Mineola at home on Saturday. Travis Langan rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, Justin Buckley added 114 yards on 21 carries and John Troisi ran for two scores. It was Seaford's 30+-point performance this season.
Up next: Vs. No. 4 North Shore (5-4) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Seaford defeated the like-named Vikings 41-13 in Week 5 .
5. Garden City (8-1, Conference II): "We're running this town just like a club, and no you don't wanna mess with us..." The defending Conference II champs want everyone — even Carey — to know that they run this division. On Saturday, the No. 2 seed took down No. 7 Calhoun 29-7 at home behind Stephen Jahelka, who rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Jahelka, a senior, has scored 36 touchdowns and a two-point conversion in his career, making him Garden City's all-time scoring leader with 218 points. Ryan Norton hit field goals of 24, 40 and 24 yards to become the first Trojans' kicker to hit three FGs in a game, and Patric Berkery caught five passes for 88 yards an a TD. It was the seventh time Garden City has held an opponent to seven or fewer points.
Up next: Vs. No. 3 Wantagh (7-2) at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Garden City defeated the Warriors 34-14 in Week 7.
6. Lynbrook (8-1, Conference III): "Got that glitter in my eyes, stockings ripped all up the side..." The Owls have been the stars of the small schools, and they're gleaming with glitter in their eyes. Okay, maybe that's a bit of a stretch. But the top seed in Conference III still breezed past No. 8 Manhasset 42-0 at home on Saturday. Quarterback Paul Magloire rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries, and Travis Lock added 130 yards and a score on nine carries. Chris King recovered two fumbles. It was Lynbrook's third shutout of the season.
Up next: Vs. No. 6 Plainedge (5-4) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Lynbrook beat the Red Devils 42-21 in Week 2.
7. Roosevelt (8-1, Conference IV): "DJ turn it up, it's about damn time to live it up..." The second-seeded Rough Riders are itching to get another crack at Seaford next week. They believe it's their time to live it up. But first they need to turn it up against the rest of Conference IV. They got off to a good start at home on Saturday, cruising past No. 7 Cold Spring Harbor 33-13. Quarterback Erin Parker rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, while Donte Colter added 143 yards and a score on 13 rushes. Colter also threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Parker. To see Colter's touchdown run, click here, to see his touchdown pass, click here, and to see Parker's 88-yard TD run, click here.
Up next: Vs. No. 3 East Rockaway (7-2) at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Roosevelt defeated the Rocks 36-24 in Week 5.
8. Farmingdale (7-2, Conference I): "I'm sick of being so serious, it's makin' my brain delirious..." The Dalers had to take MacArthur seriously after squeaking out a five-point win over the Generals in Week 1. Even still, No. 3 Farmingdale needed Greg Catalano's 27-yard field goal with 2:13 left in the fourth quarter to survive 24-22 at home on Friday over the sixth-seeded Generals. Kevin Wahl rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, and Sal Tuttle was 12-for-20 for 144 yards and a score. To see Catalano's field goal, click here, and to see Tuttle's nifty 18-yard TD pass to Rodney Torruella that gave the Dalers a 21-14 second-quarter lead, click here.
Up next: Vs. No. 2 Oceanside (8-1), No. 3 on this list, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Farmingdale lost to the Sailors 41-17 in Week 5.
9. Lawrence (7-2, Conference III): "We're selling our clothes, sleepin' in cars, dressin' it down..." The second-seeded Golden Tornadoes are getting back to the basics for their playoff run. On Saturday, Tyler Fredericks rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries in a 49-7 win at home over No. 7 Glen Cove. Ryan Fredericks added 125 yards on the ground on 22 attempts, and Chris Hercules made 12 tackles, including three sacks, and forced a fumble. It was the second time this season Lawrence has scored 40+ points.
Up next: Vs. No. 5 Hewlett (7-2) at 4 p.m. on Friday. Lawrence lost to the Bulldogs 35-7 in Week 3.
10. Holy Trinity (7-2, CHSFL): "We're dancing like we're dumb dumb duh duh duh dumb, our bodies growing numb numb nuh nuh nuh numb..." The Titans will be numb to every playoff victory until (read: if) they meet St. Anthony's in the final. The No. 3 seed took the first step towards that goal with a 42-14 drubbing of visiting No. 6 Mount St. Michael on Sunday. Rob Zecker rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, Louis Cotrone added 143 yards and a score on 10 carries, and Mike Williams also ran for two scores. The Titans scored all 42 of their points in the first half.
Up next: At No. 2 Iona Prep (7-2) at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Holy Trinity lost to the Gaels 31-21 in Week 2.
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