High School Football

Newsday goes deep with Long Island high school football.

Precious victories

Southampton coaches watch as the running backs perform

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Every football season, I like to keep tabs on schools that went winless the year before because I know exactly what it’s like to go through an entire season without once tasting a victory.

When I was a freshman, my junior high team lost all six football games and all 13 basketball games – yes I remember the exact number. Some things just stay with you.

Then we won our first game of the...

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Catching up with....William Stanback and Tyler Desire'

Uniondale's William Stanback carries the ball during Syosset's

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Newsday had a chat with William Stanback, Uniondale's speedy tailback (pictured above), and Tyler Desire', the versatile quaterback/middle linebacker about what's in store for the Knights this season. Suffice to say, the All-State stars this could be a big year...

What are your strengths this season?

William: We have a few more weapons that moved up from the...

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Anderson will be featured Friar

St. Anthony's fullback Anthony Anderson takes handoff and

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It happened early in Wednesday morning’s team drills on the turf at St. Anthony’s. Running the Friars’ vaunted triple-option, quarterback Greg Galligan faked to fullback Anthony Anderson, half the defense bit on the play-action, and Galligan sprinted to the outside and raced, untouched, for a touchdown.

“Did you see that,” an enthusiastic St. Anthony’s coach Rich Reichert asked a reporter...

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The MSG Varsity lineup

    MSG Varsity’s big playoff weekend will feature live coverage of Friday night’s CHSFL AAA championship game between Stepinac and defending champion St. Anthony’s at 7 o’clock on Cablevision Channel 14. The unbeaten Friars (9-0) are going for their 10th league title in the last 11 years.     The second game of the TV Friday night doubleheader will be a taped broadcast...

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Mepham's Lozada expected out 4-6 weeks

Mepham H.S. linebacker Elias Lozada, no. 23, tries

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Mepham's Elias Lozada, a core member of the program at outside linebacker and tight end, will likely be out until at least the start of the playoffs with a hairline fracture in his right fibula, according to coach Anthony Cracco.

Lozada, a 6’0”, 185 lb. senior, sustained the injury during a game on Oct. 1 at Wantagh. Late in the fourth quarter, with Mepham driving, Wantagh intercepted...

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Video: Freeport savors win in Empire Challenge

Long Island wide receiver Seiddrik (7) rolls into

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MSG Varsity caught up with Freeport's Cephas Knighton-Ward, Terrell Brown, and Jeff Williams to talk about their win in the Empire Challenge over New York City.

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LI football roster for Empire Challenge

Oceanside Sailors head coach Rob Blount talks to

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Below is the Long Island roster for the 2011 Empire Challenge, which will be played June 21 at Hofstra. The Lond Island head coach is Russ Cellan of Freeport.

Michael Andreassi, Sachem North, LBCarl Brescia, Farmingdale, LBTerrell Brown, Freeport, DTMike Burton, Bellport, DBDonte Colter, Roosevelt, RBJohn Daddino Carey, LBJack Delahunty, Northport, WRJoe DeLuca, Sayville, DTSeiddrik Ervin,...

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St. John the Baptist, a retrospective

Derelle Hunter of St. John the Baptist tries

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St. John the Baptist wasn't the flashiest of football programs, but one guy had enough razzle-dazzle for all of them.

Raw star power surrounded Derelle Hunter, the Cougar running back who amassed 2,294 rushing yards, the fifth highest total in Suffolk County history. And while Baptist, which posted a 3-4 regular season record, sometimes struggled in CHSFL Class AA, that sort of wattage doesn't...

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Nassau football top 10

Carey's Quarterback Kyle Zahradka does a handstand as

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"Oh, oh I want some more, oh, oh, what are you waiting for?" — "Animal" by Neon Trees.

At this time of year, every team has an animalistic instinct to hunt down its opponents and destroy them.

It's no fluke to advance to a county final. You've got to be good. And you've got to know how to win once you get here.

Farmingdale, a perennial power, showed...

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Couple programming notes

Farmingdale Dalers quarterback Sal Tuttle (11) drops back

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Good afternoon, folks. Just a couple of programming notes before we post our top 10 teams and county final previews later today/early tomorrow...

First, MSG Varsity will be airing a special Thursday edition of Friday Night Football tomorrow night at 7 p.m., as Mike Quick, Carl Reuter and Gregg Sarra will call the Conference I final between No. 1 Freeport (9-1) and No. 3...

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