Weekend preview: Five football games on Saturday
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Five early-bird specials are on the menu for Saturday as the 2013 high school football season opens with one Suffolk public school league game and four non-league games involving Long Island CHSFL teams, including defending CHSFL champion Chaminade hosting Kellenberg. These are the appetizers for next week's full-schedule grand opening featuring Nassau and Suffolk public school league games on Wednesday and Thursday because of the Jewish holidays. The schedule returns to its more familiar Friday-Saturday look on Sept. 20-21.
Southampton at Port Jefferson, 2 p.m.: Both of these old rivals are looking to earn playoff spots by cracking the league's top eight. The Royals, under first-year coach Andrew Cosci, have some experience on defense, led by senior linebackers Ryan Woodward, Paul Cavanagh and Tyler D'Accordo. Their task is to contain the Mariners' elusive Shaundell Fishburne, who rushed for 705 yards and scored nine touchdowns last season.
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Kellenberg at Chaminade, 1:30 p.m.: The host Flyers ended St. Anthony's stranglehold on the CHSFL title last year in a one-point championship-game thriller and also ended a 19-game losing streak against the Friars. They hope to repeat behind star quarterback Sean Cerrone. The Firebirds have a talented quarterback of their own in Kyle Driscoll who threw for more than 2,000 yards and 19 TDs.
St. Anthony's at Buffalo St. Joseph's, 1 p.m.: St. Anthony's will unveil its new spread offense under the direction of senior quarterback Greg Galligan, whose options include big-time running backs Jordan Gowins and Naim Jones. The Friars visit a team that went 8-3 last season.
Buffalo St. Francis at Holy Trinity, 1 p.m.: The Titans boast an experienced offensive line that hopes to make things easier for junior quarterback Cam Hayes in his first season as a starter.
Fordham Prep at St. John the Baptist, 1:30 p.m.: The Cougars find themselves seeded in the middle of the pack in the newly formed 22-team CHSFL and will bank on senior linebackers Jake Wiswall and Lawson Prendergast to make some noise.