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Week 1 Long Island Pigskin Picks

by Dylan Butler on
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 5:43 PM

Updated Thu, Sep 7, 2017 11:39 PM
Week 1 Long Island Pigskin Picks
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Week 1 Long Island Pigskin Picks

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Connetquot has some bad memories when it comes to Ward Melville because the Patriots beat the T-Birds twice last year, including at home in the Suffolk Division I quarterfinals. Ward Melville went on to play for its for its first county title since 1987, while Connetquot went home stewing over the result. A chance for revenge comes under the lights in their home opener. Both teams are coming off easy Week 0 wins – Connetquot defeated Sachem North 41-14 and Ward Melville shut out Central Islip. Both teams also have that star factor with running back Nick Messina leading the charge for the Patriots, while Connetquot has a few of them with Maryland-bound lacrosse star George Wichelns leading the charge. Butler’s Pick: WATCH IT HERE 

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Every time St. Anthony’s meets Delbarton, the game comes down to the wire. Until last year, that meant a Friars win, but the Green Wave came to Long Island and, led by Anthony Siragusa, returned to New Jersey with a 21-20 victory. Siragusa is back, as is hard-hitting Cole Kreshpane for the hosts, but St. Anthony’s returns their entire offensive line, junior Greg Campisi, who was undefeated filling in for the inured Bo Waters at quarterback, speedy receiver Heron Maurisseau, who has already committed to UConn. Expect another close game to be decided in the waning seconds. Butler’s Pick: WATCH IT HERE 

 

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Somehow this is the third consecutive week Oceanside is facing Massapequa, a rarity in high school football. The Sailors ended last regular season with a win, but the Chiefs avenged that in the Nassau Conference I quarterfinals. Both teams have a ton of returning starters, including the quarterbacks – Tommy Heuer for Oceanside and Kenny Galvin for Massapequa. There are playmakers abound as well in a series that usually yields high-scoring results – the Chiefs won the quarterfinal matchup 31-28. These might be the two top teams in Nassau Conference I this year and this could be a preview of the conference final at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium. Butler’s Pick: WATCH IT HERE 

This is one of the most intriguing games of the first full week of football on Long Island. On one side you have a Westhampton team that returns a legit Hansen Award candidate in New Hampshire-bound Dylan Laube, who was Mr. Everything for them a year ago, while Bellport’s identity is usually that of a defensively stout team, especially against the run. So this will be a battle of wills, with the pressure being squarely on the Hurricanes. Butler’s Pick: Westhampton 27, Bellport 21 This is a rematch of last year’s Nassau Conference IV final, won by Seaford, 20-0. In that game, the Vikings dominated time of possession with the Wild Frogs barely able to get a playoff in the first half as Seaford celebrated an eighth county title and first since 2010. Danny Roell was the workhorse for that Seaford team, but he’s graduated. Nicky Calandra will look to fill the void, while Tyler Volpe is one of the top defensive players in Nassau. Carle Place has big Corey Iglesias back, along with Josh Randazzo and Josh DeRidder, as well as running back Tziah Albert, who will be a handful for the Vikings. Butler’s Pick: Carle Place 22, Seaford 17 

Best of the Rest

Friday, Sept. 8

West Islip 24, Smithtown West 14

Saturday, Sept. 9

St. John the Baptist 28, Xavier 24

Sayville 34, Rocky Point 21

Hempstead 41, Long Beach 20

MacArthur 24, Mepham 21

Bay Shore 27, Hills East 14

Shoreham-Wading River 32, Bayport-Blue Point 24

Baldwin 14, East Meadow 10

Bethpage 26, Lynbrook 17

 

Sunday, Sept. 10

Holy Trinity 35, St. Francis Prep 14

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