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Empire Challenge football practice

Scenes from the practice field as Long Island prepares to face New York City in the 22nd annual Empire Challenge, an all-star football showcase for graduating seniors.

William Floyd's Ricky Davis (63) goes against St.
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William Floyd's Ricky Davis (63) goes against St. John's Frank Guidice (55) during practices drills for the 22nd annual Empire Challenge High School football all-star game at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on June 17, 2017.

DeQuan Wilson #20, Bellport defensive end, left, scrimmages
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DeQuan Wilson #20, Bellport defensive end, left, scrimmages during Empire Challenge football practice at Hofstra University on Monday, June 19, 2017. The best seniors from Long Island will battle their New York City counterparts in the 22nd annual game on Wednesday, June 21 at Shuart Stadium.

CJ Carrick #16 of New Hyde Park works
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CJ Carrick #16 of New Hyde Park works on punts during football practice at Hofstra University on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Team Long Island will face its New York City counterpart in the 22nd annual Empire Challenge at Hofstra on Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00PM.

Aaron Ruthman #12, Elmont quarterback, throws a pass
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Aaron Ruthman #12, Elmont quarterback, throws a pass during football practice at Hofstra University on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Team Long Island will face its New York City counterpart in the 22nd annual Empire Challenge at Hofstra on Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00PM.

Greg Amato #64, Floyd center, right, gets ready
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Greg Amato #64, Floyd center, right, gets ready to snap during football practice at Hofstra University on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Team Long Island will face its New York City counterpart in the 22nd annual Empire Challenge at Hofstra on Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00PM.

Rashad Tucker #5, Freeport quarterback, looks for a
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Rashad Tucker #5, Freeport quarterback, looks for a receiver during football practice at Hofstra University on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Team Long Island will face its New York City counterpart in the 22nd annual Empire Challenge at Hofstra on Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00PM.

DeQuan Wilson #20, Bellport defensive end, poses for
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DeQuan Wilson #20, Bellport defensive end, poses for a portrait during Empire Challenge football practice at Hofstra University on Monday, June 19, 2017. The best seniors from Long Island will battle their New York City counterparts in the 22nd annual game on Wednesday, June 21 at Shuart Stadium.

Joseph Valenti #13 of Wantagh practices at Hofstra
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Joseph Valenti #13 of Wantagh practices at Hofstra University on on Monday, June 19, 2017 in preparation for the 22nd annual Empire Challenge. The best seniors from Long Island will battle their New York City counterparts on Wednesday, June 21 at Shuart Stadium.

Holy Trinity's Umani Taylor practices receiving drills for
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Holy Trinity's Umani Taylor practices receiving drills for the 22nd annual Empire Challenge High School football all-star game at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on June 17, 2017.

Frankie Stola #32 of Northport, left, and Jason
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Frankie Stola #32 of Northport, left, and Jason Carlock #14 of Babylon talk during team practice at Hofstra University on on Monday, June 19, 2017 in preparation for the 22nd annual Empire Challenge. The best seniors from Long Island will battle their New York City counterparts on Wednesday, June 21 at Shuart Stadium.

Freeport's Rashad Tucker in between practice drills for
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Freeport's Rashad Tucker in between practice drills for the 22nd annual Empire Challenge High School football all-star game at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on June 17, 2017.

Johnathan Debique #34 of Baldwin practices at Hofstra
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Johnathan Debique #34 of Baldwin practices at Hofstra University on on Monday, June 19, 2017 in preparation for the 22nd annual Empire Challenge. The best seniors from Long Island will battle their New York City counterparts on Wednesday, June 21 at Shuart Stadium.

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