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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...

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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...

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Division/Hewlett leftovers - the good stuff

So anyone who has any stake in Conference III news knows that Hewlett won again, and won big against Division this evening (46-7, to those keeping track at home).

Call me long-winded, but 350 words just isn't enough to get to in all the good stuff. Thank goodness for the internet, where I can go over word count and not test the patience of the probably-too-patient-with-me-anyway copy editors....

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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Thorp Award watch

JAQUAN SMITH Elmont RB/LB, 5-8, 195 One of

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

We've only completed 1/8th of the regular season, but it's never too early to start thinking about candidates for the Thorp Award, given to Nassau's top player.

Clearly this is only a preliminary list and has no bearing on the voting that takes place after the season. Other players can certainly play their way onto the list, and changes week-to-week will be frequent. It's just one man's early-season...

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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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