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High school football preview: Can Bellport keep it going?

Bellport's Travis Houpe scores a touchdown against Newfield

Bellport's Travis Houpe scores a touchdown against Newfield as his teammates react in the Suffolk high school Division II football game. (Oct. 30, 2010) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Strike a rematch and turn up the heat. It's county championship week for Nassau and Suffolk public schools and it's the championship game in the CHSFL.

Chalk has been the rule throughout the playoffs, as the lowest seeded team still playing is No. 4 Bellport in Suffolk Division II. But the Clippers are one of the hottest teams around, having won five straight.

In all nine contests, the teams already have played each other earlier in the season. Is it harder to beat a team for a second time? 

FRIDAY

Sachem North (10-0) vs. Floyd (9-1), at Stony Brook Univ., 7 p.m.: The No. 1 Flaming Arrows won, 40-6, in Week 6, led by the multitalented backfield of Jesse Scanna, Mike Andreassi and Dalton Crossan. Luke Miller and Stacey Bedell counter for the No. 2 Colonials, but Sachem's advantage up front could be the difference.

Lynbrook (9-1) vs. Lawrence (9-1), at Hofstra, 7 p.m. Lawrence won, 23-22, in Week 7. Expect even more scoring in this one. The No. 1 Owls' Travis Lock put on a show against Plainedge last week, running for 250 yards and five touchdowns. QB Samson Bialostok and RB Ryan Fredericks led the No. 2 Golden Tornado's 49-14 rout of Hewlett.

SATURDAY

East Islip (9-1) vs. Bellport (7-3), at Stony Brook Univ., noon: East Islip won, 10-7, in Week 2, but No. 4 Bellport isn't the same team. RB Travis Houpe and QB Justin Honce have matured along with some hard hitters on defense. The No. 1 Redmen feature versatile QB Kevin Hutchinson, a true triple threat. He runs, passes and kicks field goals.

Carey (10-0) vs. Garden City (9-1), at Hofstra, noon:Top-seeded Carey won, 26-14, in Week 3. Given the No. 2 Trojans' stingy defense led by linebacker Steve Jahelka, that shows just how good the Seahawks' offense is. QB Kyle Zahradka led a 45-7 romp over Mepham with three touchdown passes, and LB John Daddino sparks a rugged defense.

Glenn (10-0) vs. Babylon (8-2), at Stony Brook Univ., 4 p.m.Top-seeded Glenn won, 33-28, in Week 2, with Ryan Rielly leading a long drive in the final minutes. Rielly has had a sensational season running and throwing. No. 3 Babylon has won six straight and is back in the county final after having its 13-year streak ended in 2009.

Seaford (10-0) vs. Roosevelt (9-1), at Hofstra, noon:Top-seeded Seaford won, 21-20, in Week 7, and has a 42-game Nassau County winning streak. Justin Buckley and Travis Langdan lead a ground-and-pound, clock-controlling offense. No. 2 Roosevelt's explosive Donte Colter ran for 262 yards and four touchdowns in its semifinal victory over East Rockaway.

St. Anthony's (10-0) vs. Iona Prep (8-2), at Mitchel Athletic Complex, 4 p.m.: The No. 1 Friars rallied for a 28-20 victory in Week 8 over No. 2 Iona Prep, the only time this season they trailed in a game. Charlie Raffa leads a high-powered triple-option offense (37.8 ppg) and Tyler McLees puts the teeth in a tough defense. Friars seek their ninth CHSFL title in the last 10 years.

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