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Conference II and IV semifinal previews

East Rockaway's Anthony Tesoriero breaks free of defenders

East Rockaway's Anthony Tesoriero breaks free of defenders to score touchdown in East Rockaway 26-13 win over Floral Park. (Nov. 6, 2010) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

All four games are Saturday at Hofstra...

Conference II:

No. 2 Garden City (8-1) vs. No. 3 Wantagh (7-2), 10 a.m. — Want to know how good the Trojans' defense is? The most points they've allowed since a Week 3 loss to Carey was 14 to Wantagh in a 31-14 victory in Week 7. Linebacker Stephen Jahelka anchors a defense that has allowed just 60 points in nine games (less than a touchdown per game). The Warriors have put up 35 points each of the last two weeks behind the running of Mike Scully and John Reicherter, but Calhoun and Long Beach don't have defenses like the one they'll face tomorrow. If the Trojans win the turnover battle, which they generally do, don't expect this game to be close.

*In our weekly picks, everyone went with Garden City.

No. 1 Carey (9-0) vs. No. 5 Mepham (7-2), 1 p.m. — Mepham has had a fantastic season, and the Pirates should be proud of their playoff victory over Elmont last week. But this game is mere formality for Carey on its way to a likely rematch with Garden City for the county title. The Seahawks feature QB Kyle Zahradka, the school's single-season passing record-holder, and bruising running back John Daddino. Mepham features running back Kevin Tauriello, quarterback Nick White and an opportunistic defense that made six sacks and forced three turnover last week. Carey defeated Mepham 35-0 in Week 7, scoring 28 of its points in the first half.

*We all went with Carey in this one.

Conference IV:

No. 2 Roosevelt (8-1) vs. No. 3 East Rockaway (7-2), 4 p.m. — The one thing standing in the way of an upset for the Rocks? Donte "The Monster" Colter, who rushed for 243 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-24 Roosevelt win when these teams met in Week 5. Colter has rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, both Nassau highs, so don't expect him to be contained in this one. East Rockaway has won four straight behind the tough running of Mike Castellano and Anthony Tesoriero (pictured above), but Roosevelt will probably prove too much for the Rocks.

*Everyone picked the Rough Riders in this one.

No. 1 Seaford (9-0) vs. No. 4 North Shore (7-2), 7:30 p.m. — The Vikings (Seaford, that is) are a solid bet to advance to their fourth straight county title game. With Justin Buckley back healthy, Seaford has three backs (Travis Langan and John Troisi being the others) who can carry the load of the ground. North Shore needs Evan Vandoros and Denis Hickey to play the games of their lives to keep Seaford from winning its 22nd straight game. Seaford defeated North Shore 41-13 when these teams met in Week 5.

*All five of us went with Seaford in this one.


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