It's the next-to-the-last week of the regular season and the scramble for playoff berths and playoff seeds is pretty hot. I'll be checking out the Division I games this weekend, but there are other games of interest, so enjoy.
Longwood (5-1) at Sachem North (6-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. Here comes another test for the undefeated Flaming Arrows, Newsday’s No. 1 overall team in the Big 10. Longwood entered the season as a No. 6 seed but has very quietly moved up in the power ratings. A bevy of talented running backs will be on display for both teams.
Connetquot (5-1) at Floyd (4-2), Saturday, 2 p.m. This is also a big divisional game, as the teams jockey for favorable playoff seeds. Is this the week Stacey Bedell shakes off a two-week slump? The Colonials will need his running to bounce back from their blowout loss to Sachem North. Connetquot, like Longwood, is very quietly having a solid season and Mike Pellegrino seems fully recovered from his hip injury.
Bellport (3-3) at Half Hollow Hills West (3-3), Saturday, 2 p.m. One victory in the final two weeks for either team should clinch a playoff spot. This one is hard to figure because both teams have been inconsistent. The Clippers’ Travis Houpe and the Colts’ Devante McFarlane are coming off big games on the ground.
Westhampton (4-2) at Sayville (5-1), Saturday, 2 p.m. Even though Westhampton is having a nice season, the Hurricanes might be picking the wrong time to play Sayville. The Golden Flashes were routed by Islip, 41-13, and you know they’ll be feisty this week.
Mt. Sinai (5-1) at Glenn (6-0), Saturday, 2 p.m. First place in the league and the top seed for the playoffs is at stake in what should be a terrific game. The Mustangs have the stingiest defense on Long Island, allowing just 32 points. The Knights, averaging 34 points per game, are the highest scoring team in the league.
St. Anthony’s (6-0) at Holy Trinity (5-1), Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Can the Titans slow down the Catholic league’s highest-scoring team and put themselves in a position to win the regular-season league title? I don’t think so, but it is a Holy Trinity home game and the place should be rocking.