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Empire Challenge football practice

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Scenes from the practice field as Long Island prepares to face New York City in the 23rd annual Empire Challenge, an all-star football showcase for graduating seniors....

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Scenes from the practice field as Long Island prepares to face New York City in the 23rd annual Empire Challenge, an all-star football showcase for graduating seniors.

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Linemen Thomas Kutchma of Ward Melville (left) and Vincent Schell of Oceanside workout during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Owen Glascoe of Massapequa looks for the pass during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Zach Hobbes of Ward Melville (right) covers receiver Amtonio Smikle Jr. of Farmingdale during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Kicker Tyler McAuley of Shoreham Wading River practices extra points during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Nick Anzalone of Lindenhurst has off to David Estrella of North Babylon during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Cole Cipp of Bellport goes out for a pass during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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David Estrella of North Babylon takes a handoff during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Andrew Chirico of Seaford runs out a kickoff during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Tyler Ammirato of Miller Place runs back a punt during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Defensive back Zach Hobbes of Ward Melville keeps an eye on the offense during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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The Long Island offensive line works on coverage during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Deonte Wilson of Amityville sets on the defensive line during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Tyler Ammirato of Miller Place gets some last minute instructions at the end of final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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David Estrella of North Babylon (left) and Dylan Laube of Westhampton gets some last minute instructions at the end of final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Tyler Ammirato of Miller Place works out with the defense during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Coach Rob Blount of Oceanside oversees the offense during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Dylan Laube of Westhampton runs a play during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Deonte Wilson of Amityville gets some last minute instructions at the end of final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Deonte Wilson of Amityville runs a defensive play during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Gavin Casey of Wantagh back pedals during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Dylan Laube of Westhampton runs up the middle during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Quarterback Tommy Heuer of Oceanside sets to pass during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Dylan Laube of Westhampton runs a play during final practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Bryan Aguilar of Oceanside runs through practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Owen Glascoe of Massapequa set to run a pass pattern during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Christian Rodas of Lawrence looks to plug a gap during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Nick Anzalone of Lindenhurst warms up during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Tommy Heuer of Oceanside gets the ball from center Matt Aloni of Plainedge during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Dylan Laube of Westhampton runs back a kickoff during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Justin Taveras of East Islip takes the kickoff during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Quarterback Nick Anzalone of Lindenhurst hands off to David Estrella of North Babylon during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Tyler Ammirato of Miller Place runs back a pass during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Nicholas Messina of Ward Melville works out a pass routine as Derek Cruz of Oceanside watches during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Quarterback Ryan Walsh of Northport looks to pass during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Quarterback Tommy Heuer of Oceanside looks to pass during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Jala Coad of Amityville defends against Cole Cipp of Bellport during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Quarterback Tommy Heuer of Oceanside leads the team onto the field during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge at Hofstra on Wednesday.

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Long Island head coach Bill Parry of Westhampton oversees practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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David Estrella of North Babylon runs out a pass during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Jala Coad of Amityville (right) defends against Gavin Buda of Harborfields during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Aaje Grayson of Freeport runs back a pass during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Tommy Heuer of Oceanside warms up during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Nick Anzalone of Lindenhurst sets to pass during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Gavin Buda of Harborfields reaches for the pass during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Gavin Casey of Wantagh executes a play during practice drills for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.