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2011 Empire Challenge: LI 17, NYC 14

Long Island teammates hold up their winner's trophy

Long Island teammates hold up their winner's trophy after defeating New York City. (June 21, 2011) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Long Island defeated New York City at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium in the 16th Empire Challenge.

Long Island's Travis Houpe (24) follows the block
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Long Island's Travis Houpe (24) follows the block of Ryan Sliwak (1) in the second half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island teammates hold up their winner's trophy
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Long Island teammates hold up their winner's trophy after defeating New York City. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island's Preshod McCoy can't hold onto the
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Long Island's Preshod McCoy can't hold onto the pass in the fourth quarter. (June 21, 2011)

NYC's Brandon Reddish (1) blocks the pass intended
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NYC's Brandon Reddish (1) blocks the pass intended for Long Island's Seiddrik Ervin (7) in the second half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island's Paul Magliore (15) falls on the
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Long Island's Paul Magliore (15) falls on the ball after a NYC field goal attempt in the closing minute. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island quarterback Tyler Heuer (4) breaks through
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Long Island quarterback Tyler Heuer (4) breaks through the line of scrimmage into the secondary for a gain in the second half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island's Mike Kozlakowski (10) makes a game-saving
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Long Island's Mike Kozlakowski (10) makes a game-saving tackle against NYC quarterback Jordan Paul (11) in the second half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island's Carl Brescia (39) flies over the
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Long Island's Carl Brescia (39) flies over the line of scrimmage in an attempt to get to NYC quarterback Andrew Vital (4) in the second half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island quarterback Steve Skon (10) steps into
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Long Island quarterback Steve Skon (10) steps into the pocket to throw in the second half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island's John Daddino (42) gets in the
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Long Island's John Daddino (42) gets in the face of NYC quarterback Terrel Hunt (10) causing an incompletion in the second half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island quarterback Tyler Heuer (4) dives into
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Long Island quarterback Tyler Heuer (4) dives into the end zone for the winning score against NYC in the second half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island defensive lineman Ryan Sloan (62) breaks
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Long Island defensive lineman Ryan Sloan (62) breaks through the line for the sack on NYC quarterback Jordan Paul (11) in the first half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island defensive lineman Ryan Sloan (62) breaks
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Long Island defensive lineman Ryan Sloan (62) breaks through the line for the sack on NYC quarterback Jordan Paul (11) in the first half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island wide receiver Seiddrik (7) rolls into
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Long Island wide receiver Seiddrik (7) rolls into the end zone with the pass reception for the score in the first half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island's Mike Kozlakowski (10) sacks NYC quarterback
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Long Island's Mike Kozlakowski (10) sacks NYC quarterback Andrew Vital (4)in the first half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island wide receiver Ryan Sliwack's (1) pass
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Long Island wide receiver Ryan Sliwack's (1) pass reception fro quarterback Steven Skon (13) in the first half was out of bounds. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island's Jeff Williams (27), Donte Colter (22)
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Long Island's Jeff Williams (27), Donte Colter (22) and Paul Magliore (15) combine to stop NYC quarterback Jordan Paul on the one yard line in the first half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island's Victor Ochi (99) and Tom Joyce
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Long Island's Victor Ochi (99) and Tom Joyce (40) pursue NYC quarterback Andrew Vital (4) in the first half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island running back Travis Lock (2) evades
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Long Island running back Travis Lock (2) evades the tackle attempt by NYC's Andrew Murdock (2) in the first half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island's Mike Kozlakowski (10) reacts after sacking
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Long Island's Mike Kozlakowski (10) reacts after sacking NYC quarterback Andrew Vital (4)in the first half. (June 21, 2011)

Long Island's Gene Garay (5) heads for the
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Long Island's Gene Garay (5) heads for the sidelines for a long game on the opening kickoff. (June 21, 2011)

Coach Joe Cipp acknowledges the crowd in this,
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Coach Joe Cipp acknowledges the crowd in this, his last coaching assignment. (June 21, 2011)

Suffolk County Coaches Association's president Hans Weiderker presents
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Suffolk County Coaches Association's president Hans Weiderker presents coach Joe Cipp with a plaque on his retirement from coaching. (June 21, 2011)

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