Longwood's two-way star Matt Weiss tries not to think about the way his football season ended last year. He chooses to look forward.
"We were undefeated and basically we thought we were untouchable," said Weiss, who earned the Zellner Award as Suffolk's top lineman as a junior. "We had the best back on Long Island with Isaiah White and a real good team."
Longwood had won nine games in a row, including seven by 29 points or more, and the shot at a perfect season was derailed in a shocking 36-22 home playoff loss to Patchogue-Medford.
"The loss was numbing," Weiss said. "Guys were walking around in disbelief. We beat them by five touchdowns during the season. So this year we take nothing for granted."
The Lions will meet Lindenhurst, the defending Suffolk I champion, Friday night in a battle of unbeatens at 6 p.m. These two are the top ranked teams in Suffolk, have 4-0 records, and haven't played each other since 2011.
Longwood has run roughshod over four straight opponents with an outstanding offensive line that includes tackles Weiss and Nick Castrova, guards Tyler Herrmann and Anthony Lavio and center Vincent Feliciano. Halfbacks Tahj Clark and Khalil Owens share in the glory of running behind such a dynamic front line.
Lindenhurst wins with a more balanced approach behind quarterback Ryan Hofmann, who has thrown for 11 TDs. Hofmann has three big targets in wide receivers Joe Palmeri, Jeremy Ruckert and Steven Ramirez.
Commack gave Lindenhurst all it could handle last week in a 14-7 loss.
Huntington (1-3) at Deer Park (4-0), Friday night, 6 p.m.: Huntington has lost three games to opponents with a combined 11-1 record -- the Blue Devils are better than their record would indicate. Deer Park is 4-0 against teams with a combined record of 1-15. Hmmm -- mismatch but which way. Deer Park was 6-0 in 1999 and then lost its final three games, including two to -- get ready for it -- Huntington.
East Meadow (2-2) at Freeport (3-1), Saturday, 2 p.m.: East Meadow ended Freeport's season, 40-20, in a first-round playoff game. The Jets like to impose their will and control the clock with a savage ground game. Freeport is athletic and has two big scorers in Rashad Tucker (seven TDs) and Jared Wray (five TDs).
Syosset (3-1) at Oceanside (4-0), Saturday, 3 p.m.: Sailors quarterback Vinny Guarino and Syosset quarterback Will Hogan will air it out in this one. Oceanside has beaten Syosset in seven straight games. But those Syosset teams didn't have the Hogan to WR Michael Elardo hookup and a Long Island Class I title under its belt. Oceanside, despite being 2-6 last year, beat Syosset, 40-27.
Bethpage (3-1) at Glen Cove (3-1), Saturday, 7 p.m.: Bethpage plays great defense and has allowed a conference-low 42 points in four games. Glen Cove can be an offensive juggernaut averaging 42 points per game. Both teams have lost to undefeated Plainedge (4-0) by one score.
Connetquot (2-2) at Commack (3-1), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Commack's Augie Contressa is one of Long Island's top two-way players. He's the difference in a game that carries huge playoff implications.