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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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Farmingdale-Oceanside: The day after

Farmingdale Dalers running back Brian Prendergast (9) runs

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When a game ends past 10 p.m., it doesn't leave much analysis for the newspaper. It's just the basics — who won, who had a good game and how did they score.

So you know that No. 3 Farmingdale (8-2) defeated No. 2 Oceanside (8-2), 42-20, last night at Hofstra's James M. Shuart Stadium in a Nassau Conference I semifinal. And that the Dalers will play top-seeded Freeport next Thursday in...

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Conference I semifinal preview

Oceanside Sailors head coach Rob Blount talks to

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There's eight games on the weekend docket in Nassau County (nine if you include Holy Trinity), and we're going to preview all of them here on the High School Football blog.

We'll start with the Conference I semifinals this evening at Hofstra. Later tonight, we'll preview Friday's Conference III semis, and Friday afternoon we'll take a look at Saturday's Conference II and IV matchups.

In...

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Carey's Quarterback Kyle Zahradka (11) hands off to

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"You know we're superstars. We are who we are." — "We R Who We R" by Ke$ha.

Not going to lie, we here at the High School Football blog have a bit of a crush on Ke$ha. Actually, that's not completely true. I don't think Mr. Herzog knows who she is.

But me, yeah, I'm a fan. Or maybe it's just that I like to type the dollar sign where the "s" should be.

Either...

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Thorp Award watch

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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Thorp Award watch

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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Thorp Award watch

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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