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Suffolk Slant: Games to Watch
Two matchups of undefeated teams, including a huge showdown in Division IV, highlight the action in Week 4. Here’s a breakdown of some of this weekend’s best games. For more on these games from Gregg Sarra and Andy Slawson, click here.
Lindenhurst (2-1) at Floyd (3-0), Friday night at 7 p.m. A showcase for two of the leading Hansen Award candidates. Lindy features strong-armed quarterback Steve Skon, whose favorite target is his brother Kenny. Floyd features lightning bolt tailback Stacey Bedell (above), who has already drawn recruiting interest from Division I powers Penn State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. MSG Varsity (Cablevision Channel 14) will broadcast this game live.
Sachem North (3-0) at Connetquot (3-0), Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The buzz is that sensational tailback/linebacker Mike Pellegrino will not play for Connetquot and that could ruin the T-birds’ homecoming. Newsday’s No. 1 team, Sachem North, will be hard to stop with its three-pronged running attack of Jesse Scanna, Mike Andreassi and Dalton Crosson. No backfield on Long Island has this much depth.
Half Hollow Hills West (2-1) at East Islip (2-1). With Newfield’s stunning upset of East Islip last weekend, this league is suddenly up for grabs. The Redmen look to bounce back behind their tough defense while the Colts will try to spread the field with their quick-strike offense led by Devante McFarlane.
North Babylon (2-1) at West Babylon (2-1). The top-seeded Bulldogs were shocked by Smithtown West and are looking to get their vaunted running attack going again, led by Preshod McCoy. West Babylon features elite receiver Michael Richardson, also a top-flight defensive back.
Eastport-South Manor (2-1) at Islip (3-0). ESM has a chance to make a statement in this division if it can knock off the No. 2 seed. But Islip’s defense has been superb and quarterback Jeffrey Craig is emerging as one of the better players in the county.
Deer Park (2-1) at East Hampton (2-1). The Falcons gave top-seeded Sayville a tussle last Friday night, leading 21-9 at halftime before the Golden Flashes rallied. They have big-play capability and want to be factors come playoff time.
Glenn (3-0) at Bayport-Blue Point (3-0). Potentially the game of the year in D-IV as the winner could go on to run the table and earn the top seed in the playoffs. The visiting Knights, led by QB Ryan Rielly, are the highest-scoring team in Suffolk (nearly 40 ppg), while the Phantoms are the stingiest team in the league (allowing about 7 ppg) and have depth on offense.