When asked to size up his opponent in this week’s Nassau I duel of unbeaten title contenders, Oceanside coach Rob Blount had this simple analysis: “It’s Farmingdale.”
The Sailors and Dalers, each 2-0, meet in Oceanside Saturday at 2 p.m. with the winner taking a huge step toward the league title. But Blount has been on that ship before, winning the regular-season championship in 2015 and taking a 10-0 record into the Nassau I title game won by Farmingdale. The Sailors have never reached the Long Island Championship. Is this the year?
“Having a lot of returning guys back makes us able to handle adverse situations,” Blount said of a team that has experienced little of that in beating Massapequa, 45-21, and East Meadow, 38-0. But there are eight senior starters who were on that 2015 team and they haven’t forgotten.
Neither has Blount. “Farmingdale has a great tradition,” said Blount, who is 2-5 against the school. “That’s a tough group of kids. Farmingdale and Freeport are the standard in Conference. If we want to win the title, we have to take them out.”
Quarterback Tommy Heuer (531 yards, six TDs) has been the offensive leader. “He’s one of the smartest quarterbacks we’ve ever had here,” Blount said. “He understands what the defense is doing and prepares very hard.”
The Sailors’ defense, featuring tackles Mike Scibelli and Vincent Schell and linebacker Bryan Aguilar, will have to prepare for Farmingdale QB Kevin McCormick (17-for-17), who has played well in victories over Herricks (35-7) and Hempstead (35-12). “He’s 6-3, 185 and real athletic,” Blount said. “The whole thing runs through him.”
Garden City (2-0) at Bellmore JFK (2-0)
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Trevor Yeboah-Kodie and Andrew DeSantis are two-way threats for the Trojans. Both are top rushers who also lead a typically tough defense. Marco Travaglione has been outstanding for the Cougars, who have allowed only eight points, but step up in class tomorrow.
Plainedge (2-0) at Lawrence (2-0)
Saturday, 2 p.m.
This key matchup features two high-scoring outfits. Plainedge is led by running back Dion Quinlan (306 yards) and receiver Michael Harding (11 receptions, 223 yards). Quarterback Christian Fredericks (288 yards rushing, 148 yards passing) makes Lawrence go, with help from Chris Collier (268 yards rushing).
Floyd (3-0) at Ward Melville (2-1)
Saturday, 6 p.m.
The Colonials, the defending county champs, are off to a flying start sparked by fullback/linebacker Nick Silva, a hard-hitter who has rushed for 286 yards and six TDs. Jordan Clinton has caught four TD passes from Rob Taiani. The Patriots’ Peyton Capizzi has completed 35 of 48 passes for 576 yards and six TDs.
West Babylon (2-0) at Sayville (2-0)
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Sayville’s Jacob Chesire has thrown for 401 yards. Max Kolar (10 receptions) and James Lyons, who returned from illness last week to grab six, are both standouts on defense. The Eagles surprised 2016 county champ East Islip in Week 1 and are led by dual-threat QB Marc Esposito (285 yards rushing, 237 yard passing.)
Chaminade (2-0) at Msgr. Farrell (2-0)
Saturday, 7 p.m.
The Flyers’ league opener is a tough one. Chaminade’s Nick Jaskolski (28 for 35, 338 yards, four TDs) directs an offense that has averaged 31 points. Colin Hanley has stood out for a defense that has yielded only seven points.