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Can Sachem East's rugged defense stop Lindenhurst?

Sachem East's Ryan Leone picks up some yardage

Sachem East's Ryan Leone picks up some yardage in the fourth quarter against Brentwood on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Credit: Bob Sorensen

It's a big night of football in the Sachem Central School District. Sachem East, the preseason 11 seed, has its sights set on the school's first undefeated regular season. The Flaming Arrows of the East puts their six-game win streak on the line when they host Lindenhurst Friday night in a Suffolk Division I game at 7 p.m.

Sachem East (6-0) wins behind a rugged defensive unit led by linebacker Connor Farrell and nose guard Billy Carroll. The Flaming Arrows have slipped past Sachem North, 35-33, and Brentwood, 28-26, this season and Lindy will be no easy opponent.

Lindenhurst (4-2) also plays a stingy style of defense and has allowed 10 points per game. And a win here could earn the Bulldogs a home playoff game.

Longwood at Sachem North, Friday night, 7 p.m.: There's home field in the postseason at stake for the Flaming Arrows of the North in this one. Longwood (6-0), Long Island's top ranked team, is well rounded and atop Suffolk I. Halfback Isaiah White has emerged as one of L.I.'s explosive runners behind big Matt Weiss and an O-line that has evolved into a synced unit. Sachem North has a playmaker in halfback Kevin Bragaglia, but can North play any kind of defense?

MacArthur at Farmingdale, Friday night, 6:30 p.m.: Two exciting quarterbacks get after it as MacArthur's Jimmy Kelleher squares off against Farmingdale's Michael Scheuerer in Nassau I. Both teams are 5-1.

Bethpage at Plainedge, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Bethpage is good enough to beat anyone in Nassau III. And this is a backyard rivalry that brings out the emotion in both teams. Plainedge is coming off a 34-16 loss to first-place Lawrence where the Red Devils were outplayed badly in the second half. Plainedge halfback Davien Kuinlan is a game changer but he may still be sore after 41 carries in a hard-hitting affair last week.

Floyd at Connetquot, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Its Homecoming in Bohemia and Floyd has long been a T-Bird nemesis for years in Suffolk I. The Colonials are young and looking to knock the second-ranked Birds off their perch.

Mepham at Garden City, Saturday, 3 p.m.: Garden City rarely loses much let alone gets shut out. The Trojans are coming off a 26-0 drubbing to first-place Carey in Nassau II. It doesn't get any easier with Mepham, which has one of Nassau's most dynamic players in quarterback Tyler Davis, who can light it up on the ground or in the air.

Half Hollow Hills West at East Islip, Saturday, 1 p.m.: A contrast in offensive philosophy here with a wide open and speedy Hills West running the spread against a methodical pound it down the field East Islip in Suffolk II. This is a pivotal game for playoff seeding and home-field advantage.

Islip at Miller Place, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: The Bucs are 6-0 but haven't played the likes of gritty Miller Place (5-1) and quarterback Steven Farrell in Suffolk III. The Bucs allow only 11 points per game, but Miller Place pours in 34 a game -- something's got to give.

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