There are 14 football teams still striving for that perfect 12-0 season. At least four of them will fall from the undefeated ranks this week as the gridiron schedule boasts four games of unbeatens.
Those four games will have a significant impact on the football standings and ultimately have a direct effect on the postseason seedings. In some cases, these games will decide home-field advantage in the playoffs.
One could consider the Sayville at East Islip encounter in Suffolk III at 2 p.m. Saturday the game of the year.
"I'm as excited to play East Islip as any team I've prepared for in my coaching career," Sayville coach Rob Hoss said. "I'm fired up for this one because I have so much respect for the East Islip program. The atmosphere is great around here -- it just feels like a playoff game."
East Islip and Sayville have a rich history. But the last time these teams played was 41 years ago when Hoss was just a 1-year-old in 1974.
"All the old-timers are reminiscing about the greatness of those South Shore matchups," Hoss said. "We're trying to figure out how EI is going to play us. Will they come out in the bone or the spread? We're preparing for anything. The game will be won with ball control."
The teams are a contrast in styles but both revolve around their All-Long Island quarterbacks. Sayville runs the spread and quarterback Jack Coan carefully dissects his opponents. The junior signal caller has thrown for 15 touchdowns and 1,065 yards to get the Golden Flashes off to a 5-0 start.
East Islip is also 5-0 and quarterback Jack Hannigan, who's missed two of the last three games, should be ready to go for this one. The Redmen are a physical, grind-it-out team that methodically moves the ball on the ground and tries to control the tempo.
If East Islip can cover the Sayville receivers, this should be a good one. If not . . .?
Locust Valley at Seaford, Friday night, 7 p.m.: Theses teams have mirrored each other through 5-0 starts. Locust Valley has beaten Seaford the past two seasons. Defense will dictate the winner in this Nassau IV game.
MacArthur at Carey, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Carey (3-2) needs to halt the Generals' passing game with quarterback Jimmy Kelleher in Nassau II. The Seahawks, L.I.'s two-time defending Class II champions, have allowed 26 points per game. MacArthur (4-1) only lets up 14 ppg.
West Islip at Newfield, Saturday, 2 p.m.: West Islip (5-0) has never lost on the road at Newfield. The Lions come in to Selden with an all-time record against Newfield of 17-1-1. Newfield quarterback Ryan Klemm is set to break all of the school's passing records with a dynamic duo in wide receivers Elijah Riley and Jelani Greene.
Shoreham-Wading River vs. Glenn, at Rocky Point, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Glenn's Chris Forsberg has 14 TDs and Shoreham's Chris Rosati has a Long Island leading 18 TDs heading into this showdown of 5-0 teams.
Lawrence at Plainedge, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Plainedge quarterback Davien Kuinlan has been unstoppable in Nassau III this season, rushing for 1,115 yards and 15 touchdowns. He's rushed for 10.1 yards per carry, including 767 yards the past two weeks. Guess who Lawrence (3-2) needs to stop?