Week 2 football preview: Playoff implications for several teams

Sayville's Matthew Selts rushes against Westhampton in the

Sayville's Matthew Selts rushes against Westhampton in the Suffolk Division III football final at LaValle Stadium. (Nov. 25, 2012) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Sayville at Miller Place

Saturday, 2 p.m.

The second week of the public high school football schedule offers a variety of story lines thick with games that will have a postseason impact. Take Sayville, the perennial Suffolk III champion, heading to the North Shore to meet top-seeded Miller Place at 2 p.m. Saturday in a game that could be a preview of the county championship.


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Sayville (1-0) has won six of the last nine Suffolk titles and will not go down without a fight for the top spot. Miller Place (1-0), which is the top seed for the first time in school history, will finally have the opportunity to play Sayville at home. The Panthers haven't won a playoff title since 1988 and haven't beaten the Golden Flashes since 2002, losing the last five meetings.

Miller Place is coming off an impressive 28-7 win over gritty Islip. The Panthers outscored the Bucs 21-0 in the second half after Austin Yezarski ignited them with a 95-yard kickoff return. Sayville outscored Westhampton, 38-19, as freshman quarterback Jack Coan had a successful debut throwing for two touchdowns to Matt Selts and running 37 yards for a score.

Floyd at Northport

Saturday, 2 p.m.

The game features two outstanding halfbacks in Northport's Brett Hall and Floyd's Chris Faison. Long Island's MSG Varsity Game of the Week will be streamed live on MSGVarsity.com. It can also be watched in its entirety on interactive channel 614 within 48 hours of the game's end.

Valley Stream Central at Syosset

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

VSC lost a tight game to Hempstead, 20-16, in the opener and Syosset had a thrilling, last-second 15-13 win over East Meadow on a 24-yard field goal by Travis Hammer. The proceeds from this game will go to the Wounded Warrior Project to help veterans across the country.

East Meadow at Massapequa

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

The result will hinge heavily upon the return of Thorp Award winner Billy Andrle, a running back/linebacker who sat out East Meadow's upset loss to Syosset with a thumb injury. Top-seeded Massapequa, led by running back Jack Korber, is loaded with skill and can score with anyone. To have a chance, the Jets need Andrle, who coach Vin Mascia said would be a game-time decision.

West Islip at Bay Shore

Saturday, 2 p.m.

Ryan Mazzie, who threw for a Bay Shore-record 344 yards and four touchdowns, looks to continue that success with wide receiver Jaquan Moore. They go up against a West Islip defense that struggled last week against an athletic Smithtown West in Suffolk II. The Lions lost to Smithtown West, 50-20, allowing the most points in a game since 1963. The Marauders haven't beaten West Islip in 47 years, losing all 11 meetings by double-digit scores.

Riverhead at East Islip

Saturday, 1 p.m.

Showdown pits the line depth and muscle of East Islip against the speed of an athletic Riverhead team, led by running back Jaron Greenidge. East Islip, led by Matt Walter, likes to grind out yardage and wear down opponents. Both won big in their openers.

Glen Cove at Lawrence

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Can the Big Red defense slow down the Lawrence offensive juggernaut as quarterback Joe Capobianco attempts to set the all-time career record for passing touchdowns? Capobianco threw for four scores last week in a half. Glen Cove had a 14-7 overtime win over Hewlett in its opener.

STAFF PICKS

Bob Herzog (9-1): Farmingdale, Sachem North, Glenn, Massapequa, Carey, Lawrence, West Hempstead, Floyd, East Islip, Miller Place

Gregg Sarra (8-2): Farmingdale, Sachem North, Mount Sinai, Massapequa, Carey, Lawrence, West Hempstead, Floyd, East Islip, Miller Place

Andy Slawson (5-5): Farmingdale, Sachem North, Mount Sinai, Massapequa, Carey, Lawrence, West Hempstead, Northport, East Islip, Sayville

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