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1996: SUFFOLK 27, NASSAU 18 | June 29,
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1996: SUFFOLK 27, NASSAU 18 | June 29, 1996
MVPs: Vaughn Sanders, RB, Lawrence; Keith Morgan, FB, Lindenhurst
Morgan ran for two touchdowns as the Suffolk All-Stars won the inaugural Long Island Heroes Bowl, the predecessor to the Empire Challenge. The turning point came at the end of the first half when Suffolk stopped Nassau on two plays from inside the 3 to preserve a 20-6 lead. Sanders rushed for 184 yards on 19 carries, including TD runs of 70 and 48 yards, for Nassau.(Credit: Newsday/John Keating)

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History of the Empire Challenge

The inaugural Long Island Heroes Bowl began in 1996 between Nassau and Suffolk. Since 1998, it has been know as the Empire Challenge played between Long Island and New York City. The game takes place at Hofstra University every year.