St. Anthony’s quarterback Greg Campisi has lit up the CHSFL all season. He’ll need to do it one more time for the Friars to capture first place in the AAA regular season and earn the top seed in the playoffs.
The Friars host Iona Prep, which is also 4-0 in the division, at 7 p.m. in South Huntington. At stake is a first-round bye in the CHSFL’s AAA playoffs.
"The winner of this game wins the top seed but sits a week while the other six teams playoff for a spot in the semifinal round,” St. Anthony’s coach Rich Reichert, in his 32nd year, said. “I’m not a fan of the bye. Players can lose their focus waiting around.”
St. Anthony’s (5-1 overall) which has allowed 26 points per game will be hard-pressed to stop Iona QB Derek Robertson, who has the Gaels scoring 44 points per game.
“He’s a special athlete,” Reichert said. “Obviously, our defense needs to play very well.”
It may come down to the play of the quarterbacks and who has the final possession. Campisi is having a monster season, with 1,511 yards passing and another 670 rushing. He also has 26 total TDs.
Eastport-South Manor at Hauppauge, Friday, 6 p.m.: Hauppauge (3-3) suffered a crushing loss last week when a late field goal went awry in a 9-7 loss to Kings Park. The Eagles look to rebound behind Danny Mauriello and Gavin Dean. Eastport-South Manor QB Nico Morello has thrown for 1,013 yards and eight scores. The Sharks run behind an O-Line that includes tackle Matt Goncalves, guard Nick Capazzola and center Doug Froberg.
Kings Park at Comsewogue, Friday, 7 p.m.: Kings Park looks to start the season with a 6-1 record for the first time since 2000. QB Kevin Decker has thrown for 1,056 yards and 10 scores and halfback Vince D’Alto has rushed for 624 yards and seven scores. A win primes KP for a home playoff game. Comsewogue (4-2) counters with HB Reno Molina, who has 805 yards rushing and 13 TDs. The Warriors need a win to get into the postseason mix.
Glenn at Mount Sinai, Friday, 6 p.m.: Glenn QB Kyle Szokoli has thrown for 1,010 yards and 13 TDs and meets a stingy Mustangs defense that has allowed only nine points per game. Mount Sinai (6-0) runs the ball behind Mike Sabella (703 yards, 8TDs) and plays ball control. The top seed in the division is at stake in this game.
West Hempstead at Cold Spring Harbor, Friday, 6 p.m.: West Hempstead (4-2) beat East Rockaway, 15-6, and the Rocks downed Cold Spring Harbor, 22-12. West Hempstead lost to Seaford, 28-21, and CSH (5-1) beat Seaford, 34-14. So go figure — this conference is making coaches nuts — there’s parity and everyone is playing for a home playoff game.
MacArthur at Mepham, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Both teams are in position to play a home game in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. A win here guarantees it. MacArthur (5-1) has only lost to Carey but undefeated Garden City looms in next week’s season finale. QB Hugh Kelleher has run for 10 TDs. Mepham (4-2) was upset by Manhasset last week and needs to get back on track.
Clarke at East Rockaway, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Clarke QB Anthony Caputo has thrown for 553 yards and his favorite target is Arton Dalipi. The Rams are a quiet 5-1 and a win here catapults them into the top of the conference power ratings. East Rockaway (4-2) and RB Jarrell Brown were shut down by Seaford last week, 45-16.
Ward Melville at Longwood, Saturday, 1 p.m.: Ward Melville suffered its first loss last week in a lopsided 42-12 defeat at Floyd (6-0). Longwood (4-2) feels its hit its stride with RB Elrich Bowlay-Williams, who has 933 yards rushing and 10 scores. Ward Melville (5-1) is much better than last week’s loss. Wide receiver JJ Laap, QB Trey Berry and RB Nick Troy are the keys to a rebound week.
Centereach at Northport, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: There are playmakers all over this game. Who makes the biggest one? Will it be Centereach QB/kick returner Devin Demetres or Northport’s Ryan Smith or Max Napoli? A victory rewards the winner a home playoff game. Both teams are 4-2.
GREGG SARRA (37-23)
Cold Spring Harbor
ROGER RUBIN (37-23)
Cold Spring Harbor
ANDY SLAWSON (34-26)