Long Island's Greatest Show on Turf may reside in Oceanside.

The Sailors didn't score the most points in a game so far this young season (that honor belongs to Lawrence). But they can boast the most impressive win of the early going — a 34-7 thumping of visiting Massapequa on Tuesday night. 

Oceanside came into the season as the No. 4 seed in Conference I, while Massapequa, a perennial playoff team, was No. 6 in the preseason. So was coach Rob Blount surprised with the relative ease of his team's victory?

"Yes and no," he said on Wednesday. "We set high expectations for our team and believe we can beat anyone. When our offense gets going, we can score with the best of them, and when the defense shows up, we are tough to beat."

Ah, defense. It's not a word often associated with the Oceanside, a team better known for its pass-happy offense. Despite a 5-4 record last season, the Sailors were outscored 254-258 and allowed 20 or more points six times.

But aside from Steven Romano's 15-yard touchdown reception, the Oceanside defense was up to snuff Tuesday night. Hector Quintin led the unit with nine tackles, while Nick Sherry had a third-quarter interception.

"We made a big emphasis on defense and put some of our better athletes in better positions," Blount said. "The defense played lights-out all night. We are taking another step."

And the offense picked up right where it left off in 2009 ... at least in the second quarter.

Oceanside squandered a first-quarter possession when leading receiver Gene Garay fumbled. "He was trying to make a five-yard hitch a 60-yard touchdown," Blount said.

But quarterback Tyler Heuer (pictured above) picked up the slack. He had a hand in all five Oceanside touchdowns, passing for two (he was 14-of-23 for 145 yards through the air) and running for the other three (he amassed 170 yards on the ground). His 70-yard TD scamper in the third quarter gave Oceanside a commanding 27-7 lead.

"It was a big momentum boost for us," Blount said. "He just outran everyone. He really got us going."

There's been quite a few surprises in Conference I this week, as Syosset, the No. 2 seed, needed overtime to beat No. 8 Uniondale on Monday, and No. 9 MacArthur, which moved up from Conference II, led top-seeded Farmingdale by 13 before falling 31-26 on Tuesday

Was it simply early season rust? Time will tell, but expect Oceanside to be in the conversation for the county title deep into the year.

Said Blount: "We believe we can play with anyone in the conference."

*To see the complete Massapequa-Oceanside game in HD, tune in to MSG Varsity on channel 714 at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The game will be replayed at 10:30, and Friday morning at 11 a.m. 

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