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Tuttle, Dalers build momentum toward playoff berth

Farmingdale's QB Sal Tuttle goes deep against Freeport's

Farmingdale's QB Sal Tuttle goes deep against Freeport's defense during a Conference I Championship game . (Nov. 21, 2009) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The playoffs loom and every snap counts in the next two weeks. There are three pivotal high school football games Friday night. Three games that will help clear the postseason picture.

Syosset travels to Farmingdale for a Nassau Conference I showdown pitting the top two preseason seeds in MSG Varsity's Friday Night football live on IO channel 14 at 7 p.m.

Farmingdale (4-2) finds itself battling for playoff positioning after the Dalers lost a controversial game to East Meadow and were stunned by the high-octane offense of Oceanside and its record-breaking quarterback Tyler Heuer.

Syosset (3-3) and highly-touted linebacker Evan Kappatos, who earned the Piner Award, given to Nassau's top linebacker last year, are off to a slow start and a win in Farmingdale would gather some much-needed momentum for a playoff run.

Neither team will fall from the playoff conversation with a loss. But a win should lock a playoff berth. Farmingdale relies on the versatility of quarterback Sal Tuttle and the Dalers would like to build on last week's win over Baldwin.

Roosevelt (6-0) at Seaford (6-0), 7 p.m.: This is the last regular season matchup of unbeaten teams. The Vikings have won 38 straight against Conference IV opponents. Roosevelt halfback Donte Colter will have something to say about that record. He's rushed for 1,017 yards and 18 touchdowns - through six games.

Longwood (5-1) at Sachem North (6-0), 7:30 p.m.: One week after dismantling perennial powerhouse Floyd, Sachem North hosts rival Longwood. The Flaming Arrows are Newsday's No. 1 Large Schools team and 8th in the MSG Varsity tri-state poll.

SATURDAY

St. Anthony's (6-0) at Holy Trinity (5-1), 1:30 p.m.: This is a rematch of last year's CHSFL title game. Friars quarterback Charlie Raffa has been unstoppable. Can the Titans slow him down and break an 18-game losing streak to the Friars?

Carey (6-0) at Mepham (5-1), 1:30 p.m.: The Seahawks have balance and a steel-clad defense led by linebacker John Daddino. The offense has scored 30 or more points in three straight games behind quarterback Kyle Zahradka. Mepham is playing well but the Pirates have their hands full in this Conference II matchup.

Lynbrook (6-0) at Lawrence (4-2), 1:30 p.m.: Senior quarterback Paul Magloire leads an offense that leads Conference III, averaging 37 points per game. This could turn into a shootout with a dynamic Lawrence offense.

Bellport (3-3) at Half Hollow Hills West (3-3), 2 p.m.: 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. Neither wants to play next week with the postseason in Suffolk Division II in jeopardy. Bellport hosts Newfield and Hills West travels to Smithtown West.

Mount Sinai (5-1) at Glenn (6-0), 2 p.m.: 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 Division IV. Nice clash for top seed.

Connetquot (5-1) at Floyd (4-2), 2 p.m.: Can Floyd lose three games in a row? That hasn't happened since the 2000 season. The winner here is guaranteed a home playoff game. Both teams were pounded by Sachem North. Will it be the Thunderbirds' dangerous Mike Pellegrino or Floyd workhorse Luke Miller who will come out on top?

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