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Oceanside quarterback Tyler Heuer (4) is tackled by

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Boy, that Oceanside-Freeport game on Saturday sure did have a lot of playmakers.

First, we saw Oceanside go up 27-7 in the third quarter behind Tyler Heuer's three touchdown passes. But then Freeport answered back with two of Dan Olivier's four touchdown runs and another from Isaiah Barnes to make it 28-27. Then Heuer responded with a rushing touchdown. Finally, Olivier ended it...

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Freeport Red Devils running back Daniel Olivier (21)

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"And you never say 'hey' or remember my name, and it's probably 'cause you think you're cooler than me." — "Cooler Than Me" by Mike Posner.

We don't like to admit it, but we're extremely vain here at the High School Football blog. We think we're cooler than everyone.

But come playoff time, the popularity contests go out the window. It comes down to which...

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Week 8 Nassau games to watch

Long touchdown run made by Sewanhaka's Brian Wint

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One would think the final week of the season would be about teams on the brink of a playoff berth needing a Week 8 win to get into the tournament. But in our power points reality, that's simply not the case. 

All eight playoff teams are set in Conferences III and IV — it's just a matter of what seeds those teams get.

In Conference I, the winner of the Baldwin (3-4)-Hicksville...

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Oceanside Sailors wide receiver Gene Grassi (5) controls

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"Touchdown" Tyler Heuer and his Oceanside mates meet their stiffest test of the season to date on Saturday when they take the field at Freeport.

It's not that the Red Devils can't be scored upon — they've allowed 131 points in seven games. It's that they're the first team the Sailors have faced this year who can keep up with them on the scoreboard.

Freeport...

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Carey's QB #11 Kyle Zahradka fires a pass

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"I'm not afraid, to take a stand. Everybody, come take my hand." — "Not Afraid" by Eminem.

With just one week left in the regular season, teams must put away their fears.

Some need a win in Week 8 to make the postseason, others are fighting for a home game in Round 1, while a select few are battling for the regular-season crown and the top seed.

Oceanside,...

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Week 7 Nassau games to watch

MacArthur's Brett Ellers (33, left), drags three of

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Hard to believe the penultimate week of the regular season is upon us. It seems like just yesterday we were at Syosset on Labor Day for the opening game of the season.

But enough nostalgia, we've still got important games to play, including tonight's game of the year in Conference IV — the last matchup of undefeated teams on Long Island this season.

Roosevelt and Seaford are two...

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Nassau High School Conference III Football game between

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Another week, another four touchdowns for Tyler Heuer. 

The Oceanside senior QB is up to 22 passing TDs on the season (he also has seven rushing), and it's only a matter of time before the passing records start to fall. 

With a 9-for-16 performance in Saturday's 41-14 win over Plainview JFK for 169 yards, Heuer is 82-for-130 (63 percent) for 1,318 passing yards with 22 touchdowns...

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Sewanhaka's Shireem Cobb dives in for touchdown in

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"So I travel back, down that road. Will she come back? No one knows." — "Just A Dream" by Nelly.

We're getting soulful this week here on the High School Football blog. 

Heading into Week 7, these are the "dog days" for high school football teams. They've all got bumps and bruises, and the weather is beginning to turn cold.

What road...

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Week 6 Nassau games to watch

Valley Stream Central High School lineman #50 Victor

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With Oceanside, Carey and Lynbrook all winning statement games last week to solidify the top spot in Conferences I, II, and III, respectively, we turn our attention to the battles for second through fourth place. 

Why are those spots coveted? Because they get to host first-round playoff games the first week in November.

Hewlett, which lost to Lynbrook in a battle for first place...

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Oceanside's QB Tyler Heuer looks for receiver in

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I hate to sound like a broken record every week.

But as the weeks progress, Oceanside quarterback Tyler Heuer only burnishes his reputation as the best football player in Nassau County. This week his victim was Farmingdale, and Heuer had to work his magic in come-from-behind fashion.

The Sailors trailed 14-0 in the first quarter, but who stopped the bleeding? Heuer, with a 41-yard touchdown...

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