The final week of Long Island’s high school football regular season lacks for nothing – except good weather. The forecast may have swept nearly every Saturday game into Friday and Sunday, but the drama remains. Postseason berths are on the line. Teams are jockeying for playoff seeding. Records could be met or surpassed.
If you savor drama and history, this is your week.
Case in point is the playoff picture in Suffolk Division II. Newfield (4-3) and quarterback Max Martin (12 passing touchdowns) begins the weekend on the outside looking in and in ninth place. The Wolverines, however, could punch their ticket if they win at home against Northport (5-2) on Sunday, otherwise it appears Smithtown West (4-3) is safely in. Also in Division II, Bellport (5-2) is hosting Lindenhurst (5-2) and a win over the Bulldogs could get the Clippers a postseason home game.
In Suffolk Division III, ninth-place Comsewogue (4-3) is hosting Hauppauge (3-4) Friday night. A win would give Comsewogue a shot at a playoff berth. Just ahead of the Warriors is eighth-place Islip (2-5), which faces winless Amityville, and seventh-place Miller Place (2-5), which meets Rocky Point (1-6). Depending on how those three games turn out, everyone may need a slide rule to see how the power points shake out.
Then there are the teams on a quest to meet benchmarks. Garden City (7-0) will host MacArthur (5-2) Friday night looking to extend its winning streak to 32. That would match the county’s longest winning streak, set by Bethpage in the late 1990s and continue Garden City’s quest for three straight unbeaten seasons. Garden's City's Trevor Yeboah-Kodie, who has 14 rushing touchdowns on just 70 carries, is leading that quest.
Freeport (7-0) can become just the third school in Nassau history to win 500 games if it prevails at Uniondale (5-2) on Friday. Red Devils quarterback Terrence Edmond continues the tradition of great Freeport signal-callers with a total of 13 touchdowns via the pass and the run.
Nassau Conference III
Lawrence at Plainedge, Friday, 6 p.m.
It’s the last regular-season meeting of unbeaten teams and the top seeding for the postseason is on the line as Lawrence (7-0) visits Plainedge (7-0). The Golden Tornadoes have the highest-scoring offense in the county, averaging a whopping 40.6 points. Quarterback Christian Fredericks has thrown for more than 1,000 yards with 13 touchdowns and rushed for more than 800 yards and eight more scores. Jordan Alexander has five touchdown receptions. Plainedge is equal parts offense (32.3 points per game) and defense (14.6 points allowed). The Red Devils have a three-pronged rushing attack with quarterback Dan Villari and running backs Dion Kuinlan and Luke Lombardi having scored nine, seven and four touchdowns, respectively.
CHSFL Class AA
Fordham Prep vs. Kellenberg at Mitchel Field, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
This very well may be the preview for another CHSFL Class AA championship game. The Firebirds beat Prep, 54-19, in last year's meeting. Kellenberg sits atop the East division with an 18-game winning streak. Fordham Prep (5-2) is tied atop the West Division with Xaverian and is versatile. The Firebirds are headlined by a pair of expectional offensive players: quarterback Matt Sluka, who has run for 12 touchdowns and passed for seven more, and Jordan Delucia, who also has 12 rushing TDs .Rams quarterback Derek Bufano has thrown for more than 1,300 yards and running back Zachary Wallace has rushed for more than 600 yards.
Nassau Conference III
South Side at Wantagh, Friday, 6 p.m.
South Side (6-1) has been the Cinderella story of the conference by going from the preseason No. 11 to a postseason position behind the play of quarterback William Pickett, who has rushed for 12 TDs, and running back Nick LiCalzi, who has seven TDs. The Cyclones average 28 points. Wantagh is a serious test – a gritty tough team that’s allowing fewer than 14 points per game and has a solid rushing quarterback in Nick Teresky.
CHSFL Class AAA
St. Anthony’s at Monsignor Farrell, Friday, 7 p.m.
Maybe this is the preview of the Class AAA title game? St. Anthony’s (6-1) has two of the CHSFL’s leading scorers in running back Kyle Angus (11 touchdowns) and quarterback Greg Campisi (seven TDs). The Friars will look to stop Vin Wagner of Farrell (5-2). Wagner is the league’s leading rusher with 743 yards.
Nassau Conference II
Mepham at Carey, Friday, 7 p.m.
There is every chance that this is a preview of the county semifinal as both teams sit 5-2 and less than a handful of power points apart. The matchup showcases a pair of great passing quarterbacks: the host Seahawks’ signal caller Jason Kessler has thrown for 13 touchdowns while the visiting Pirates’ Sean White has thrown seven.
Suffolk Division II
Copaigue at Deer Park, Friday, 6 p.m.
If you want a feel-good moment, this one is going to provide one. Both teams are 0-7. One of the squads gets to leave the season feeling good about itself. It’s the last chance of the season for Deer Park top scorer Nahleaj Delbridge or Eagles senior back Victor Gamarra to taste victory
GREGG SARRA (44-26)
Cold Spring Harbor
ROGER RUBIN (45-25)
Cold Spring Harbor
ANDY SLAWSON (41-29)