Will final week of football regular season bring tricks or treats?

Oceanside's JT D'Angelo reaches out to try to

Oceanside's JT D'Angelo reaches out to try to tackle Farmingdale's Curtis Jenkins. (Sept. 20, 2013) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

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It's the final week of the regular season in high school football. Home-field advantage in the playoffs is so important. What kind of tricks and/or treats will the coaches still have up their sleeve?

East Meadow at Farmingdale, Friday, 6:30 p.m.: The Jets (4-3) came up with a late touchdown for a big win over Baldwin (3-4) last week. Although Farmingdale's defense was gashed by East Meadow for 49 and 48 points the past two years, the Dalers (7-0) have allowed only 54 points all season. The Dalers are looking for another shot at the L.I. Class I title behind halfback Curtis Jenkins and a powerful offensive line.

Patchogue-Medford at Sachem North, Friday, 7:30 p.m.: The top two offensive units in Suffolk I are a contrast in philosophy. Patchogue gets it done with QB Anthony Lee and WR Connor Coughlin, Long Island's top passing combo. Lee has thrown for 1,701 yards and Coughlin has 888 yards, both tops on L.I. Sachem North (5-2) pounds the ball down the field with backs Kevin Bragaglia, Malik Pierre, Trent Crossan and Anthony Ross. The wet weather could play a major factor in this one.


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Huntington at Islip, Friday, 7 p.m.: The last four meetings between these teams were decided by less than 10 points. Huntington (5-2) and senior QB Ben Kocis, who has thrown for 1,085 yards, should be able to score on an Islip defense that yields 23 points per game. Islip (6-1) scores often with QB Kieran Mullins (1,271 yards passing) and WRs Tim Going and Raphael Alomar, who have totaled 1,082 receiving yards. The Bucs average 30 points per game. At stake, home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Lawrence at Bethpage, Saturday, 3 p.m.: Bethpage (6-1) shocked Plainedge, 13-7, a week after the Red Devils stopped the Lawrence winning streak at 15. Lawrence (6-1) has record-breaking QB Joe Capobianco, who has etched his name into all passing records on Long Island. The senior has 1,657 yards and 20 touchdowns. Bethpage has only allowed 92 points (13 per game); Lawrence scores 42 per game. Something's got to give here.

Center Moriches at Glenn, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Center Moriches is 6-1; the school has never won seven games in a season. Glenn is 5-2. A win secures a home playoff game for either team.

Commack at Northport, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Commack is 7-0 and Northport 4-3. The last time Commack went undefeated through the regular season at 8-0 was in 1983. QB Rob Paccione and RB Willy Monroy give the offense balance. Commack LB Josh Valentin averages 14 tackles per game. He will be asked to lead the Cougars defense against the vaunted Northport running game and the talented James Gerdvil, who has rushed for more than 200 yards in four games.

Center Moriches at Glenn, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Center Moriches is 6-1; the school has never won seven games in a season. Glenn is 5-2. A win secures a home playoff game for either team.

Sachem East at Brentwood, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: The winner gets into the playoffs and the loser is out. Both teams are 2-5 and have played the upper echelon of Suffolk I.

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