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Thorp Award watch

Oceanside Sailors quarterback Tyler Heuer (4) drops back

(Credit: Christopher Pasatieri)

At the halfway point of the regular season, statistical projections are easy. Just take everything and double it. So let's start with MSG Varsity's Tri-State Offensive Player of the Week, Tyler Heuer. Oceanside's senior QB is on pace for 1,780 passing yards with 30 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He'd also have over 600 yards rushing and 10 more touchdowns. Heuer, whose 2009 season was fourth...

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Nassau football top 10

Oceanside Sailors quarterback Tyler Heuer (4) drops back

(Credit: Christopher Pasatieri)

"You make me feel like I'm living a teenage dream," — "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry. Yup, we're going there this week, high school football bloggers. Katy Perry may not be welcome alongside Elmo on Sesame Street, but the pop princess will always be a staple of the High School football playlist.   And let's be honest, isn't it every teenage football...

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Thorp Award watch

Hewlett quarterback #8 Alex Kahn throws a pass

(Credit: James Escher)

So whom has distinguished themselves as Thorp Award candidates as we near the halfway point of the season?  The quarterbacks. In Saturday's classic Farmingdale-Freeport game, Sal Tuttle of the Dalers and Isaiah Barnes of the Red Devils put on a show, as both threw for over 200 yards. Tuttle, who also ran for 170 yards, struck the final blow with a game-winning touchdown pass to Pat...

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Nassau football top 10

Carey's Juliano Bove is stopped by Garden City's

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

"We gon' light it up like it's dynamite," — "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz.  Reading the "Bottom 10" NCAA football rankings on ESPN.com, I felt inspired to use a similar tactic here on the high school football blog (I don't look at it as stealing an idea ... that's such a dirty word ... I look at it as improving an exisiting idea and molding...

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L.I. players sweep MSGV awards

Farmingdale's QB Sal Tuttle goes deep against Freeport's

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

It was quite a weekend on Long Island. Not only were four defending county champions defeated in the same weekend for the first time, but L.I. players earned the MSG Varsity Tri-State defensive and offensive player of the week awards.

MSG VARSITY TRI-STATE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Zach Naja, a defensive end for Smithtown West, sparked the Bulls’ 12-0 upset of North...

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Week 3 Nassau games to watch

East Meadow quarterback Dylan Curry, right, gets sacked

(Credit: James Escher)

Like in Suffolk, 13 Nassau teams remain undefeated after two weeks. But a maximum of only nine will survive Week 3 unscathed, as four games on Saturday match 2-0 squads.  Even fewer will be unblemished if there are upsets. And if Week 2 was any indication (see above picture), there should be some surprises. Here's a sampling of the best Section VIII has to offer this weekend (all...

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Thorp Award watch

Seaford's RB, Justin Buckley (32, left), fights for

(Credit: Richard Slattery)

Hard to believe we're already 1/4 of the way through the regular season. Plenty of young men have made names for themselves (see: Guerrero, Hector), but only one can win the coveted Thorp Award at the end of the season. The award has such lasting impact that when I introduced myself to Chaminade coach Stephen Boyd before his game on Saturday and told him I was from Newsday, he said: "I love...

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Nassau football top 10

Oceanside quarterback Tyler Heuer dashes for yardage during

(Credit: Joe Rogate)

Another fantastic weekend of football is in the books. After two weeks, 13 Nassau teams are at 2-0, including surprising East Meadow, which knocked off top-seeded Farmingdale with one of the wackiest finishes to a football game ever. The Jets check into the ranking's this week at No. 8. Finally, after funky schedules and weather postponements, we'll get a full football Saturday this...

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Long Island games to watch

The Bulldogs win their season opener behind Preshod

Due to Yom Kippur beginning at sundown on Friday, all public school games will be played on Thursday. It's been an unconventional couple of weeks to start the season, with games spread throughout the week.  Week 3 returns to normalcy with a typical Friday night/Saturday afternoon slate, but for now, here are five games from each county worth keeping an eye on today. (All teams listed below...

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Nassau football top 10

Freeport's Jeff Williams stiff arms Baldwins Justin Bell

(Credit: Photo by Lee S. Weissman)

Of the 27 Nassau County football games played over five days this week, only three were considered upsets based on the coaches' preseason seeding. All three were No. 12 seeds beating No. 11 seeds. In Conference II, Westbury buried Roslyn 34-6. In Conference III, Carle Place/Wheatley took out Great Neck North 28-12. And in Conference IV, Mineola held on for a 30-23 win over Valley Stream North. Hempstead...

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