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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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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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Carey's #42 Rob Zorn and #76 Tom Opitz

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"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,...

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Lynbrook, Hewlett giving back to the troops

Long touchdown run by Lynbrook's Mike Kozlakowski against

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Last night's Lynbrook-Hewlett game was a key Conference III football matchup between undefeated teams (it was won, 45-30, by the Owls). But the teams kept the game in perspective this week, devoting time and effort to a worthy mission for the troops in Afghanistan.

Laura Devine is a social studies teacher at Lynbrook who founded the Facing History Club, which discusses important community...

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Week 5 Nassau games to watch

Farmingdale's Kevin Wahl runs for yardage as Freeport's

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Seven teams still have dreams of capping an undefeated season at Hofstra or Stony Brook on Thanksgiving Weekend — Oceanside, Wantagh, Carey, Hewlett, Lynbrook, Seaford and Roosevelt — but two of them will have their visions of grandeur dashed in Week 5.

Yes, it's statement week in Nassau County. 

In Conference II and III, we'll finally have a team with sole possession...

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Oceanside Sailors quarterback Tyler Heuer (4) drops back

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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...

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Oceanside Sailors quarterback Tyler Heuer (4) drops back

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"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...

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