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Empire Challenge 2018

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Long Island takes on New York City in the 23rd annual Empire Challenge, an all-star football showcase for graduating seniors....

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Long Island takes on New York City in the 23rd annual Empire Challenge, an all-star football showcase for graduating seniors.

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Gavin Buda of Harborfields goes out for a pass during the second half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Long Island celebrates their 28-27 win over New York City during at the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Owen Glascoe of Massapequa makes the catch for the game winning touchdown during the second half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Dylan Laube of Westhampton receives the game MVP award for the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Tommy Heuer of Oceanside runs the ball during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Nicholas Messina of Ward Melville runs through a hole during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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2018: LONG ISLAND 28, NEW YORK CITY 27
MVP: Dylan Laube (LI), Michael Nicosia (NYC)
On fourth-and-14, Oceanside quarterback Tommy Heuer handed off to teammate Derek Cruz on a jet sweep, took the toss-back and lofted what proved to be a game-winning 34-yard touchdown pass to Massapequa's Owen Glascoe with 41 seconds left for the 28-21 lead. NYC hit a magical pass of its own, a 30-yard TD strike from Mike Nicosia to Titus Leo on the last play of regulation, and opted to go for the win. But Sayville's James Lyons broke up the two-point conversion pass in the end zone.

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Ryan Walsh of Northport passes to Nicholas Messina of Ward Melville during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Gavin Casey of Wantagh pursues the New York City offense during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Dylan Laube of Westhampton straight arms Claude Watford of New York City during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Robert Williams of New York City takes Dylan Laube of Westhampton out of bounds at the 1 yard line during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Deonte Wilson of Amityville pursues the ball during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Gavin Casey of Wantagh pursues his defender during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Zach Hobbes of Ward Melville stops Shamar Logan of New York City during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Derek Cruz of Oceanside tries to break a tackle during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Ryan Walsh of Northport hands off to David Estrella of North Babylon during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Nicholas Messina of Ward Melville runs through a hole during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Dylan Laube of Westhampton celebrates his touchdown during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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From left, captains Tommy Heuer of Oceanside Dylan Laube of Westhampton and David Estrella of North Babylon walk out for the coin toss at the 2018 Empire Challenge at Hofstra on Friday.

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Jala Coad of Amityville tries to outrun Calique Cato-Jacobs of New York City during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.

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Tommy Heuer of Oceanside hands off to Dylan Laube of Westhampton during the first half of the 2018 Empire Challenge football game at Hofstra University on Friday.