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Can Lindenhurst keep rolling against unbeaten Floyd?

Newsday's Gregg Sarra takes a look at the upcoming Suffolk Division I football game between Floyd and Lindenhurst. (Credit: Newsday)

The seventh week of the high school football season offers only one game that features two teams with 6-0 records. Floyd will travel to play Lindenhurst at 6 p.m. Friday in a Suffolk I game with the top seed in the postseason on the line.

The showdown comes on the heels of Lindenhurst’s 37-0 thrashing of Longwood, the third loss in a row for Long Island’s Class I defending champions. The dominant win erased any doubt that Lindenhurst was a formidable contender for the crown.

“This is just a brutal part of our schedule and we need to stay healthy to get through it,” Lindenhurst coach Nick Lombardo said. “Our guys knew what was on the line last week and they know what’s on the line this week. I really like the way our defense is playing and we have to tighten up a few things on offense.”

Lombardo was noncommittal regarding any predictions for this week other than his team would be ready for a very physical game against a team that has been the standard for excellence in the division.

“There’s a tremendous amount of respect for the Floyd program here in Lindenhurst,” Lombardo said. “There’s never a down year. When they come, they come to play.”

Lindenhurst has the stingiest defense in the division allowing a mere 47 points thus far. Floyd is also tough to score on. The Colonials have allowed 93 points behind the play of linebacker Michael Bradley.

The Colonials should be motivated for this one. Lindenhurst has beaten Floyd more than any other team in the division since 2008. During that span, Floyd has won four Suffolk titles. Lindenhurst ended Floyd’s 42-game winning streak in 2008. The Colonials have to pressure quarterback Austin Perri, who has multiple weapons in wide receivers Steve Ramirez, Jeremy Ruckert and halfback Andy Merkerson. This game could be decided in the final seconds by a foot.

In other games:

Mepham at Elmont, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.: It’s a Nassau III slugfest that will have a bearing on the seeding in the postseason. Mepham (4-2) has been in two consecutive shootouts, splitting those two games and the Pirates should expect another one in Elmont (4-2). The Spartans have quarterback Aaron Ruthman, who has 1,715 yards passing and 21 touchdown passes. Mepham will counter with halfback Michael Valentino, who has 969 yards rushing and 17 scores. Inclement weather is expected.

Port Jefferson at Greenport/Southold, Friday, 7 p.m.: The Royals are playoff-bound, having won three in a row, including a 38-34 win over once-beaten Wyandanch. This Suffolk IV game carries playoff implications for home field advantage for Port Jefferson and a spot in the postseason for Greenport. Port Jefferson has shut out Greenport two years in a row.

Connetquot at Ward Melville, Friday, 6 p.m.: An interesting matchup in Suffolk I dictated by the play of both quarterbacks. Ward Melville (2-4) has QB Wesley Manning, who has been consistent with wide receivers Jon Corpac and Ed Munoz. The Patriots defense, however, has not played well. Connetquot (4-2) has QB Dylan McDermott, who has emerged as a playmaker for the Thunderbirds.

Glenn at Babylon, Friday, 6 p.m.: This is a long-standing Suffolk IV rivalry. Both teams have taken down Shoreham-Wading River, the two-time defending Class IV champions. Babylon (6-0) has allowed 74 points and Glenn (5-1) only 78 through six games. They are the two highest scoring teams in the division with Babylon averaging 39 points per game and Glenn 34. Statistically, it’s about as close as it can get.

Baldwin at East Meadow, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Two teams that are 3-3 and battling for a higher seed in the postseason. East Meadow QB Anthony LaRosa has thrown for six scores and run for seven more heading into this Nassau I game. Baldwin halfback Johnathan DeBique has 632 yards rushing and eight scores. Baldwin lost a 21-20 heartbreaker to Massapequa a week ago.

STAFF PICKS

BOB HERZOG (47-13)

Malverne

Clarke

Floyd

Connetquot

Babylon

Greenport/Southold

St. Anthony’s

East Meadow

Elmont

Oyster Bay

GREGG SARRA (41-19)

Malverne

Carle Place/Wheatley

Lindenhurst

Connetquot

Babylon

Port Jefferson

St. Anthony’s

East Meadow

Mepham

Cold Spring Harbor

ANDY SLAWSON (41-19)

Malverne

Carle Place/Wheatley

Floyd

Connetquot

Babylon

Port Jefferson

St. Anthony’s

East Meadow

Mepham

Cold Spring Harbor

TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS

26 — Dylan Laube, Westhampton

19 — Tyler Ammirato, Miller Place

19 — Chris Gray, Shoreham-Wading River

17 — Brandon Sobotker, North Babylon

16 — Jordan McLune, Farmingdale

15 — Mike Valentino, Mepham

14 — Christian Flowers, Wyandanch

14 — Umari Taylor, Holy Trinity

13 — Ryan Aughavin, North Shore

13 — Chris Mixon, Garden City

RUSHING YARDS

1,490 — Dylan Laube, Westhampton

1,224 — Danny Roell, Seaford

1,176 — Brandon Sobotker, North Babylon

1,031 — Umari Taylor, Holy Trinity

952 — Mike Valentino, Mepham

967 — Christian Flowers, Wyandanch

951 — Chris Gray, Shoreham-WR

834 — Deyvon Wright, Half Hollow Hills West

831 — Nick Silva, Floyd

830 — Ryan Aughavin, North Shore

PASSING YARDS

1,728 — Ryan Sheridan, Commack

1,715 — Aaron Ruthman, Elmont

1,494 — Sam Brown, Long Beach

1,454 — Paul Cooper, Kings Park

1,234 — Jack Coan, Sayville

1,143 — Michael Proios, Mepham

1,038 — Austin Perri, Lindenhurst

951 — Danny Dollard, Eastport-South Manor

944 — Alexander Odle, Wyandanch

872 — James Morrell, Bellport

RECEIVING YARDS

676 — Ronnie Beard, Commack

570 — Chester Anderson, Elmont

543 — Tyler DeMeo, Carey

542 — Mike Saleme, Herricks

507 — Vincent Deal, Long Beach

505 — Kevin Gerbeck, Miller Place

495 — Jeremy Ruckert, Lindenhurst

482 — Christian Flowers, Wyandanch

458 — Lucas Mathieu, Elmont

432 — Dequan Wilson, Bellport

— ANDY SLAWSON

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