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Eastport-South Manor, Newfield eye undefeated regular seasons

Eastport-South Manor's Nick Garone avoids Harborfields' Eric Leone

Eastport-South Manor's Nick Garone avoids Harborfields' Eric Leone during a Suffolk III football game at Eastport-South Manor High School on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Credit: Enrique C. Mendez

Two football programs will try and finish the regular season with an undefeated record for the first time in school history. Eastport-South Manor has rolled through Suffolk III to a 7-0 record and travels to Kings Park Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. start.

It is the first time the Sharks have won the first seven games in a season. They did finish 7-1 in 2013 but exited the playoffs in the quarterfinal round after a loss to Bellport.

"We came out of the gate as the preseason 12th seed and with the power points system we know we can't afford to lose a game if we want to make the playoffs," said Eastport-South Manor coach Bill Ashton. "Our focus is one week at a time. Our guys have been getting valuable experience and we've shown some resilience in close games."

ESM has trailed in six of their seven games and come back to win. "They have a sense of urgency on the field and believe they'll win every game," Ashton said. "Our community has gravitated toward the team and come out and supported us."

Senior halfback Nick Garone has totaled 1,510 yards of total offense and 16 touchdowns. Kings Park (5-2) and quarterback Paul Cooper can make for troubled waters for the Sharks.

Newfield puts its 7-0 record in Suffolk Division II on the line when it hosts Smithtown West (3-4) Friday night at 6 p.m. The Wolverines' best regular-season record was 7-1 in 2010.

Record-breaking quarterback Ryan Klemm and wide receivers Elijah Riley and Jelani Greene have been in rhythm all season. Klemm has 17 touchdown passes.

Nassau I

Massapequa at Oceanside, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Oceanside's Vin Guarino is one of Long Island's best quarterbacks. Massapequa has shown a propensity to play shootouts against high-scoring offenses. This one could be fun.

Nassau II

Elmont at MacArthur, Friday night, 7 p.m.: Two teams with 5-2 records playing for home-field advantage in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Both have explosive offenses but Elmont has not shown it can stop anyone in Nassau II.

Nassau IV

Malverne at West Hempstead, Saturday, 2 p.m.: You can be sure Malverne (2-5) will come out flying for a win and a postseason berth. West Hempstead (4-3) needs to withstand the emotional start to win.

Suffolk I

Commack at Longwood, Friday night, 6 p.m.: Commack (5-2) comes off a 38-14 blowout of Floyd. Longwood (6-1) battled through a 42-35 shootout win over Connetquot. Commack's move to Ryan Sheridan at QB has produced big results.

Northport at Connetquot, Friday night, 6 p.m.: A win guarantees a home game for the quarterfinal round. A contrast in offensive philosophy as Connetquot (4-3) will throw the ball and Northport (5-2) will run it.

Suffolk II

West Islip at Hills West, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Both teams are 6-1, with both of their losses being against Newfield. West Islip features a tough rushing attack and plays a physical style of ball. Hills West likes to air it out.

Centereach at Deer Park, Saturday, 6 p.m.: This is simple: Both teams are 4-3 and have a lot to play for as a win would secure a playoff berth.


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