Like in Suffolk, 13 Nassau teams remain undefeated after two weeks. But a maximum of only nine will survive Week 3 unscathed, as four games on Saturday match 2-0 squads.
Even fewer will be unblemished if there are upsets. And if Week 2 was any indication (see above picture), there should be some surprises.
Here's a sampling of the best Section VIII has to offer this weekend (all five games are at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday)...
MacArthur (1-1) at East Meadow (2-0) — The upstart Generals look like they belong in Conference I, losing by only five to Farmingdale in Week 1. The Jets certainly know what it's like to play a tight game against Farmingdale. Sean Hinchy should see more touches in the East Meadow offense, while MacArthur QB Kevin Monahan (three TD passes in Week 1) will test the Jets' secondary.
Farmingdale (1-1) at Freeport (2-0) — How can Farmingdale get over its heartbreaking defeat? Give the ball to Kevin Wahl. He's got 398 yards on the ground with five TDs through two weeks. But the defending Long Island champion Red Devils look like the cream of the crop, outscoring Baldwin and Hicksville a combined 82-27. Dalers' linebacker Carl Brescia will have his hands full chasing down Freeport QB Isaiah Barnes all day. For more on this game, click here.
Garden City (2-0) at Carey (2-0) — Just because their 2010 shutout streak ended at seven quarters last week doesn't mean the Trojans' defense isn't dominant. They have five takeaways, led by Brian Fischer's two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Carey QB Kyle Zahradka has been very solid, though. In two games, he's 11 of 18 passing for 224 yards with four touchdowns and one INT.
Lawrence (2-0) at Hewlett (2-0) — Brothers Ryan and Tyler Fredericks lead Nassau's most potent offense (42 points per game) with a combined 376 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Ryan also has 117 receiving with a touchdown. But now they run into Bulldogs' beast Niv Sultan and a Hewlett defense that has allowed just seven points in six quarters (their Week 2 game was suspended at halftime and did not resume). I'll be on hand to take in all the action at Hewlett High.
Seaford (2-0) at East Rockaway (2-0) — The Rocks are a cute little story, but they couldn't possibly stop Seaford's streak of 34 straight wins over Nassau opponents. Could they? Step one is stopping Vikings RB Justin Buckley, who has 387 rushing yards and five TDs on the season. East Rockaway counters with Mike Castellano, who has 332 yards on the ground, 71 receiving and four TDs (two rushing, two receiving).