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The Bulldogs win their season opener behind Preshod

The Bulldogs win their season opener behind Preshod McCoy's two rushing touchdowns. Videojournalist: Mario Gonzalez

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 are 1-0 on the season.)

Also, thunderstorms are in the forecast for this evening, which could effect some games.


Conference I: Syosset at Oceanside, 7 p.m. — The Sailors steamrolled Massapequa last week, while the Braves struggled with Uniondale on Labor Day. Interesting matchup between Tyler Heuer and the high-flying Oceanside offense against defending Piner Award winner Evan Kappatos and Syosset's stingy defense.

East Meadow at Farmingdale, 6:30 p.m. — Linebacker Carl Brescia will have to shore up a Farmingdale defense that allowed 26 points to MacArthur last week. The Jets' Sean Hinchy, who scored four TDs in Week 1, won't make that task easy. 

Conference II: Wantagh at Elmont, 4:30 p.m. — Is two better than one? We'll soon find out, as Wantagh's Mike Scully, who had 163 rushing yards and a touchdown last week, and John Reicherter, who rushed for 153 yards and two scores, match up against Elmont RB Jaquan Smith, who had 188 all-purpose yards and three TDs by himself in Week 1. 

Conference III: Lynbrook at Plainedge, 4:30 p.m. — I'll be on hand later today to check out this game between two of the county's most dynamic quarterbacks, Lynbrook's Paul Magloire (who rushed for 101 yards, including a 61-yard TD, last week) and Plainedge's Nick Frenger (158 passing yards and two touchdowns). Ralph Caccavale, who had 102 rushing yards, is also Frenger's favorite target, with five catches for 98 yards last week.

Conference IV: Roosevelt at North Shore, 4:30 p.m. — North Shore seemed to run out of steam late in last week's win over Clarke. If the Vikings thought that game was tiring, wait until later today when they have to try and stop Donte Colter in the fourth quarter. However, another solid effort from Evan Vandoros could propel North Shore to the upset.


Division I: Lindenhurst at Sachem North, 7 p.m. — The Flaming Arrows are the top Long Island public school in MSG Varsity's tri-state top 25, coming in at No. 8. Quarterback Steve Skon will help Lindy put up points, but can the Bulldogs' defense stop the dynamic duo of Dalton Crossan and Mike Andreassi?

Division II: Half Hollow Hills West at North Babylon, 3:30 p.m. — Bob Herzog has written all you need to know about these contrasting offenses in this column.

Bellport at East Islip, 3:30 p.m. — The Clippers' D came alive in the second half last week against West Babylon. It'll take a full 48-minute effort to keep quarterback Kevin Hutchinson and his boys down later today.

Division III: Eastport-South Manor at Sayville, 3:30 p.m. — The Sharks needed late-game heroics from Luke Combs to beat Westhampton 13-12 last week. Another poor offensive output won't cut it against a Sayville offense that features quarterback Steven Ferreira (four passing touchdowns last week) and Tom Dieckhoff (157 rushing yards).

Division IV: Glenn at Babylon, 7 p.m. — Hard to believe neither one of these teams is the top seed in the division. Both are coming off dominating wins against playoff teams from a season ago. This game will likely be decided by turnovers. Stephen Loudon had two interceptions for Babylon last week and Andrew Hurst had one. Tommy Forsberg got a pick of his own for Glenn.


Holy Cross at St. Anthony's, Friday at 7 p.m. — The Friars (No. 5 in the tri-state rankings) will need another big game from new quarterback Charlie Raffa if they hope to keep up with Holy Cross and standout wide receiver Devon Cajuste (who will play at Stanford next year).

Also, just a reminder, this game will air live on MSG Varsity HD, channel 714. The pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. 

For more on these games from Gregg Sarra and Andy Slawson, click here.

Tags: Games to watch , Syosset , Evan Kappatos , Oceanside , Tyler Heuer , East Meadow , Sean Hinchy , Farmingdale , Carl Brescia , Wantagh , Mike Scully , John Reicherter , Elmont , Jaquan Smith , Lynbrook , Paul Magloire , Plainedge , Nick Frenger , Ralph Caccavale , Roosevelt , Donte Colter , North Shore , Evan Vandoros , Lindenhurst , Steve Skon , Sachem North , Dalton Crossan , Mike Andreassi , Half Hollow Hills West , North Babylon , Bellport , East Islip , Kevin Hutchinson , Eastport-South Manor , Luke Combs , Sayville , Steven Ferreira , Tom Dieckhoff , Glenn Tommy Forsberg , Babylon , Stephen Loudon , Andrew Hurst , Holy Cross , Devon Cajuste , St. Anthony's , Charlie Raffa

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