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Football enters second half of regular season play

Freeport quarterback Terrance Edmond scrambles for a gain

Freeport quarterback Terrance Edmond scrambles for a gain during a Nassau I football game against Oceanside at Freeport High School on Sept. 21. Credit: James Escher

If you like high-profile matchups, unfolding dramas of teams trying to overachieve and stories of squads trying to match history, this is your week. All of these will be center stage as Long Island football enters the second half of regular season play.

Three different games in Nassau County will pit top-billed teams against one another. In conferences I, III and IV, unbeaten top seeds will host the No. 2s with only a game separating them in the standings. Freeport, Lawrence and Seaford are 4-0 and will look to avoid being pulled back into a first-division quagmire.

Two teams that have thus-far looked far better than their billing – fifth-seeded MacArthur of Nassau II and 11th-seeded South Side of Nassau III – are looking to author one more chapter toward a storybook ending.

And current Suffolk I co-front runner Ward Melville is trying to do something it hasn’t done in 44 years by opening a season with five straight wins.

NASSAU I

Massapequa at Freeport, Friday, 6 p.m.

This clash of Nassau I’s top two seeds also features the conference two highest scoring offenses. Top-seeded Freeport (4-0) has rolled up 146 points and scored at least 35 in each game with Terrance Edmond emerging as the next in a long line of elite quarterbacks for the Red Devils and Justin Lescouflair taking the role of lead playmaker. Massapequa (3-1) has put up 163 points behind power rusher Angelo Petrakis and quarterback Kenny Galvin, who can run or throw to score.

NASSAU II

Carey at MacArthur, Friday, 7 p.m.

Fifth-seeded MacArthur may be penning one of the county’s best stories with its 4-0 start. The Generals’ Hugh Kelleher puts up points both rushing and receiving and Justin DeMaria is an athletic first-rate receiver. Carey (2-2) and quarterback Jason Kessler have two wins by a total of six points and was denied a third win when a blocked extra point in overtime resulted in a one-point defeat.

NASSAU III

Roosevelt at Lawrence, Saturday, 3 p.m.

This showdown between Nassau II’s top two seeds will feature some of the county’s best big play artists. The Rough Riders (3-1) make hay on the rushing of Kevon Hall, who already has 14 rushing touchdowns. The Rough Riders (3-1) have electric talents in quarterback Christian Fredericks and wideout Keaton Goldsby.

NASSAU III

South Side at Valley Stream North, Saturday, 3 p.m.

This matchup is Upstarts against the Kings of Heartbreak. The Cyclones got tabbed with the 11th seed and have ridden their indignation to a 3-1 mark with Nick LiCalzi – a lacrosse commit to Navy – its top playmaker. The Spartans (1-3) are looking to snap a three-game skid that includes one-possession losses to Wantagh and Roosevelt.

NASSAU IV

Cold Spring Harbor at Seaford, Saturday, 6 p.m.

The faceoff of the conference’s top two seeds could be about how No. 1 Seaford’s offense deals with the Seahawks’ defense. CSH (3-1) scored three straight shutout victories before last weekend’s 22-12 loss to East Rockaway. Defending LIC Class IV champion Seaford (4-0) has already beaten No. 3 Locust Valley and No. 4 Clarke by an average of 22.5 points. Joe Angelastro leads the Vikings' rushing attack.

SUFFOLK I

Whitman at Ward Melville, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Ward Melville (4-0) seeks to start 5-0 for the first time since 1974 and has allowed just 35 points. The defense is led by linebackers Frank Ciniglio and Hunter McSweeney. The 10th-seeded Wildcats (2-2) have a QB worth watching in Quinn O’Hara, who already has thrown for 12 touchdowns.

SUFFOLK II

Riverhead at Bellport, Saturday, 2 p.m.

It’s a contest that features two of the division’s four highest-scoring offenses. Bellport (2-2) has a standout feature back in D.J. Trent and averages 33.5 points. The surprising 10th-seeded Blue Waves (2-2) have quarterback Christian Pace orchestrating an offense that averages 32.3 points.

GREGG SARRA (27-13)

MacArthur

West Hempstead

Patchogue-Medford

Calhoun

Valley Stream North

Seaford

Locust Valley

North Babylon

Bellport

Comsewogue

ROGER RUBIN (27-13)

MacArthur

West Hempstead

Bay Shore

Calhoun

South Side

Seaford

Locust Valley

Northport

Bellport

Comsewogue

ANDY SLAWSON (27-13)

MacArthur

West Hempstead

Patchogue-Medford

Calhoun

South Side

Seaford

Locust Valley

Northport

Bellport

Comsewogue

                                                         

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