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Empire Challenge 2018

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.