It is not a surprise that the Farmingdale football team is off to a 6-0 start. The preseason fourth-seeded Dalers have it going on both sides of the ball and allowed a Nassau I-low 44 points.
And it all starts up front on those big, physical lines. Five guys share four spots on the Dalers' defensive front, which has three shutouts.
"Our guys have absolutely dominated up front," coach Buddy Krumenacker said. "They're getting key stops and [Charlie] Tomassetti is having a great year on the end."
While Tomassetti locks down one end, junior Kevin Eversley and CJ Demers anchor the other end. Senior Javier Hernandez and sophomore Ryan Charleston clog the middle at the tackle positions.
They'll be put to the test this week when Farmingdale hosts Massapequa (4-2), which has scored a conference-leading 226 points or 39 points per game, at 2 p.m. Saturday.
"If you look at Massapequa on tape they don't have a weakness," Krumenacker said. "They're balanced on both sides of the ball and they're not hiding any guys out there. They have all quality players and they're well coached."
Both schools having winning traditions and Farmingdale holds a 32-14-2 edge is this all-time backyard brawl.
Massapequa needs to stop Farmingdale junior Jordan McLune, who has rushed for 916 yards and 14 touchdowns.
"We have 10 new starters on offense," Krumenacker said. "He's a make-a-cut-and-go kind of back. He doesn't get caught in his cuts and he's very good. He doesn't get caught with two shoes on the ground."
Northport at Lindenhurst, Friday night, 6 p.m.: Lindy (6-0) is more comfortable at home where they take on gritty Northport (5-1). The Bulldogs escaped Mastic Beach with a 13-7 win last week against Floyd (3-3). Yet the Bulldogs thrashed Longwood, 26-7, at home the week before. Tough team to figure out.
Connetquot at Longwood, Friday night, 6 p.m.: Longwood (5-1), still reeling from the Lindy loss, fell behind Ward Melville 14-0 last week at the half. The Lions scored 27 unanswered points for the comeback win. Connetquot (4-2) needs a big game from quarterback Jack Cassidy.
North Babylon at Newfield Friday night, 6 p.m.: Can the Bulldogs find a way to slow Newfield's offensive juggernaut? The Wolverines score 39 points per game with quarterback Ryan Klemm, who has a school-record 17 touchdown passes in a 6-0 start. North Babylon is 5-1.
Eastport-South Manor at Westhampton, Friday night, 6 p.m.: Eastport halfback Nick Garone is one of Long Island's leading rushers with 988 yards. Eastport's 6-0 start comes against six teams with a combined record of 9-27. Westhampton (3-3) is another roadblock between the Sharks and an undefeated regular season.
Freeport at Syosset, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Syosset (3-3) has struggled defensively but quarterback Will Hogan can make up for it in a shootout with his big arm. Syosset beat Freeport, 55-41, last year. Expect more of the same this time around.
Kings Park at Harborfields, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Paul Cooper of Kings Park (4-2) is turning into one of Long Island's most dangerous scorers. He scored twice in a 34-0 win over Amityville. Harborfields (3-3) rolls with Cody Cunningham, who scored all three TDs in a 20-14 win over Comsewogue.
Garden City at Wantagh, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Wantagh (5-1) needs to stop the big play to win. Halfback Brian Haeffner and quarterback Tim Schmelzinger have a penchant for making those big plays, each had an 80-yard TD run last week in a 41-0 win over Calhoun. Garden City (6-0) scores 37 ppg.