William Hogan of the Syosset Braves looks to pass the...

William Hogan of the Syosset Braves looks to pass the ball against the East Meadow Jets during a Nassau I semifinal at Hofstra on Nov. 13, 2014. Credit: Mike Stobe

There are new faces all around in this week's championship games. Four football teams are vying for their first shot at a Long Island championship appearance. Mineola, Syosset, Lindenhurst and Shoreham-Wading River have never been a part of L.I. championship football weekend.

Mineola and Shoreham-Wading River have never won a county football title as both play for their respective county crowns this weekend. Syosset won the Nassau title two years in a row, the last one coming 40 years ago in 1974. Lindenhurst, earned its way to the Suffolk title game in a frozen LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook University only to be turned away in subfreezing temperatures, 14-0, to eventual L.I. Class I champion Connetquot in 2008.

Lindenhurst earned a share of its lone Suffolk title when the Bulldogs tied West Islip at 16 in 1972. For the first time since the LIC began in 1992, all four of Suffolk's defending champions were eliminated before the county finals.

(1) Baldwin vs. (6) Syosset, Nassau I final, Thursday night at Hofstra, 7 p.m.: These two did not meet during the regular season. Baldwin is looking to go 11-0 for the first time in school history. Halfback Matt Eberhart leads the Bruins with 14 touchdowns. Syosset (6-4) has quarterback Will Hogan, who has passed for 1,602 yards and his main target, wide receiver Michael Elardo, who leads L.I. with 1,232 yards.

(1) Sayville vs. (3) Islip, Suffolk III final, Thursday night at Stony Brook University, 7 p.m.: Sophomore quarterback Jack Coan is one TD pass shy of the L.I. record of 38 set by Joe Capobianco of Lawrence in 2012. Coan has thrown for 2,802 yards, leading the Golden Flashes into their fifth straight Suffolk final. The Islip defense, led by nose tackle Cobi Rose and middle linebacker Joe DeMasi, will have its hands full with halfback Matt Selts, who has 28 TDs and 1,530 yards rushing.

(1) Lawrence vs. (2) Plainedge, Nassau III final, Friday, at Hofstra, 7 p.m.: Long Island's TD leader Jordan Fredericks, who has 32 scores and 1,838 yards, exited last week's game with a shoulder injury. Should he play, he'll face off against L.I.'s leading ground gainer in Davien Kuinlan, who has 2,192 yards and 30 TDs. Lawrence (10-0) has beaten Plainedge (9-1) in the Nassau final three years in a row, including last year's 28-27 thriller. Lawrence MLB Simon Jones is the key to stopping Kuinlan. Plainedge is 26-6 in the last three years, five of those losses coming against Lawrence.

(4) Lindenhurst vs. (7) Patchogue-Medford, Suffolk I final, Friday, at Stony Brook University, 7 p.m.: Who are these guys? They're the hottest teams on Long Island. Patchogue (6-4) took out No. 2 Connetquot and No. 1 Longwood behind a swarming defense, quarterback Rich Ciufo, who has thrown for 1,748 yards and kick-return specialist Dom Cassella. Lindy (8-2) beat No. 5 Floyd and No. 3 Sachem East behind halfback Joe Barber and quarterback Ryan Hofmann, who has 1,670 yards passing. Lindy lost two games this season by a total of three points. This is the first time in 14 straight years, that either Floyd, Connetquot and Sachem North have not been in the final.

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(1) Carey vs. (2) Garden City, Nassau II final, Saturday, at Hofstra, 12:30 p.m.: Carey (10-0) is on Long Island's longest current win streak at 22 games. The defending L.I. Class II champion handled Garden City, 26-0, during the regular season. Garden City (9-1), in its sixth straight final, has a knack for winning big games but the Trojans' only three losses in the last two years are to Carey. The Seahawks and first-year quarterback Michael Catanese have been unstoppable.

(1) Roosevelt vs. (3) Mineola, Nassau IV final, Saturday, at Hofstra, 4 p.m.: Halfback Shamari Kirkpatrick has 28 TDs and 2,061 yards rushing to key the Roosevelt offense. Mineola (8-2) is playing in its first Nassau final since 2002 after Robert Lang's 21-yard field goal gave the Mustangs a 16-13 win over Locust Valley.

(2) Half Hollow Hills West vs. (5) East Islip, Suffolk II final, Saturday, at Stony Brook University, 4 p.m.: A contrast of offensive philosophy in this one. East Islip (7-3) is playing in its seventh Suffolk final in nine years. The Redmen will pound the ball down the field behind quarterback Jack Hannigan, who rushed for a school record 307 yards in last week's 34-21 win over top-seeded Bellport. East Islip had regular-season losses to Smithtown East and Bellport and beat those teams in the playoffs. Could the Redmen avenge a 28-27 loss to Hills West (9-1) and make it three in a row? The Colts have a sophomore sensation in halfback Alexander Filacouris and a physical defense behind middle linebacker Joe Cipoletti.

(1) Shoreham-Wading River vs. (2) Glenn, Suffolk IV final, Saturday, at Stony Brook University, Noon: Shoreham (10-0) has its best record in school history and has only given up 36 points. Wildcats quarterback Danny Hughes scored four touchdowns and passed for another last week in a 56-0 win over two-time defending Class IV champion Babylon. Glenn (9-1) is going after its third Suffolk crown in five years behind touchdown maker T.J. Tiernan.

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(1) Chaminade vs. (3) St. John the Baptist, CHSFL AA final Saturday, at Mitchel Athletic Complex, Noon: Chaminade (4-7) won the AAA in 2012 and a late-season surge has them on the doorstep of a AA title. St. John (5-5) returns to the AA final after a one-year absence.


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