Seven teams still have dreams of capping an undefeated season at Hofstra or Stony Brook on Thanksgiving Weekend — Oceanside, Wantagh, Carey, Hewlett, Lynbrook, Seaford and Roosevelt — but two of them will have their visions of grandeur dashed in Week 5.
Yes, it's statement week in Nassau County.
In Conference II and III, we'll finally have a team with sole possession of first place, while in Conference I, the team currently in sole possession, Oceanside, could keep it that way with a win over Farmingdale, or allow the Dalers to move into the penthouse with them.
In Conference IV, things should remain status quo until Seaford and Roosevelt meet in two weeks.
With that said, let's get to this week's games to watch in the 5-1-6.
For more on these games from Gregg Sarra and Andy Slawson, click here. And be sure to check Friday's paper, as Gregg, Andy, Bob Herzog and myself make picks for the 10 best games on the Island this weekend.
To read about the best games in Suffolk this week, click here.
Oceanside (4-0) at Farmingdale (3-1), Friday at 6:30 p.m. — Yes, we all know about Tyler Heuer and the Oceanside offense that averages 43 points per game. But what's the best way to slow down a potent passing attack? Don't let them have the ball. That's where Dalers running back Kevin Wahl (pictured above) comes in. If the workhorse can control the clock and gash the Sailors' defense, Farmingdale may be able to pull off the upset.
For more on this game from MSG Varsity, click here. And to see Heuer, Newsday's Athlete of the Week, sit down with Jay Fiedler, the man whose record he broke with six touchdown passes last week, click here.
Carey (4-0) at Wantagh (4-0), Saturday at 3 p.m. — Kyle Zahradka is a talented quarterback for the Seahawks, but he may want to think twice before throwing into a Wantagh secondary that's picked off nine passes this season, led by John Ingrilli's three. Zahradka, Rob Zorn, John Daddino and Juliano Bove would be better suited running the ball, much like their counterparts John Reicherter and Mike Scully will try to do. The Warriors have allowed just 19 points this season, including zero the past two games.
For more on this game from MSG Varsity, click here.
Elmont (3-1) at Garden City (3-1), Saturday at 3 p.m. — Hard to believe this game is an understudy to Carey-Wantagh, but that's what losses will do to you. Jaquan Smith is a do-everything back for the Spartans, who will severely test this Trojans' defense (9.8 points allowed per game). Look for Stephen Jahelka to run the ball from short yardage for Garden City. Seven of his eight touchdown runs are from inside 10 yards, including five from a yard out.
Hewlett (4-0) at Lynbrook (4-0), Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Marion Street Elementary School — Can the Owls be the first team to put up more than one touchdown against Hewlett this season? With quarterback Paul Magloire and Travis Lock running the ball, it's a distinct possibility. But Hewlett counters with multi-dimensional back Sam Martorella and QB Alex Kahn along with its stout defense. So this one could be a shootout, or it could be a defensive struggle. I'll be there on Saturday to find out.
Fans attending this game are asked to bring baby wipes and/or Gatorade mix to donate to troops stationed in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. The drive for the troops is being organized by Lynbrook's Facing History Club and the football team.
Expect a large crowd, as these schools are within walking distance of each other. Also, Hewlett coach Jay Iaquinta spent nearly a decade coaching at Lynbrook, and current Lynbrook head coach Steve LoCicero said he considers Iaquinta "one of his mentors," so this one should be fun.
East Rockaway (3-1) at Roosevelt (4-0), Saturday, 3 p.m. — Expect to see both teams' star running back quite a bit in this matchup. The Rocks' Mike Castellano is coming off a 241-yard effort against Clarke, while the Rough Riders' Donte Colter carried his team to an overtime win over Floral Park with 184 yards and three touchdowns. Roosevelt hasn't lost a regular season game to anyone besides Seaford since 2007.