vs. Sachem North
Bob Herzog: I like Farmingdale because it has the more diverse offense. Vinny Quinn has a big-time target in his best friend Tom Kennedy and a big-time running back in Curtis Jenkins. North can counter with its own big-time runner, Malik Pierre, but I don't think former fourth-string QB Mike Licata can match the magic of his debut last week, when he helped dethrone old nemesis Floyd.
Gregg Sarra: Farmingdale dominated all season but had its hands full in the playoffs with Syosset and Massapequa. The Dalers will score with quarterback Vinny Quinn and halfback Curtis Jenkins, who is one of Long Island's top two-way players and has 24 touchdowns. Sachem North knocked off longtime rival Floyd for the Suffolk crown and will compete for the title for the second time in 22 years. The Flaming Arrows have big-time backs led by Malik Pierre and Trent Crossan. The defense, led by linebacker Justin Rivera, is playing its best but will have its hands full with the Dalers, looking for their second title in eight appearances.
Riverhead vs. Carey
Bob Herzog: I like Carey to win its first Long Island championship because Riverhead has not faced an offense quite like the Seahawks'. QB Ray Catapano has a holiday six pack of gifts to choose from -- three fine runners and three top-flight receivers. Its defense is very stingy, too.
Gregg Sarra: Carey ousted nemesis Garden City and won a Nassau title for the first time since 1978. The Seahawks' defense allowed five points per game and yielded 108 points fewer than anyone else in Class II this season. They'll have to stop quarterback Cody Smith and sophomore halfback Ryan Moore as the Blue Waves average 33 ppg. Riverhead will be without halfback Jeremiah Cheatom, who was ruled academically ineligible. Seahawks QB Ray Catapano threw for 35 touchdowns with only three interceptions and has a bevy of talented players on offense.
Bob Herzog: I like Lawrence because it has big-game experience, playing in its third straight LIC, and because it has a big-play offense, led by quarterback Joe Capobianco and dynamic running back Jordan Fredericks. Huntington has a big-armed quarterback of its own in Ben Kocis, who also is a running threat. But the Blue Devils' defense is vulnerable.
Gregg Sarra: Are you ready for another Class III shootout? Both quarterbacks are excellent. Lawrence QB Joe Capobianco has 97 career touchdown passes and is the first signal- caller to start three straight LICs. He utilizes game-breaker Jordan Fredericks all over the field. Huntington's Ben Kocis can run and throw and has two legit backs in Troy Greene and Levar Butts.
Babylon vs. Roosevelt
Bob Herzog: I like Babylon in the only LIC that matches two undefeated teams. The Panthers not only have Long Island's highest-scoring offense, led by QB Nick Santorelli, RB Eric Schweitzer and WR Jake Carlock, but also boast one of the hardest-hitting defenses. Roosevelt's strength is its defense -- led by sackmaster Raymond Jones -- but its one-dimensional offense featuring LI's leading rusher, Johnnie Akins, can't win a shootout.
Gregg Sarra: Babylon is rolling with 23 straight wins behind a well-balanced offense. Quarterback Nick Santorelli can throw it to Ray Wardell and Jake Carlock or give it to Eric Schweitzer to keep the Rough Riders' defense guessing. Halfback Johnnie Akins is special, but he'll need others to contribute to have any shot at winning this mismatch.