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Sachem North's uphill climb

The Sachem North football team at practice upstate

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FISHKILL, N.Y. -- This summer camp is more like football boot camp.

"If it was easy everyone could do it," Sachem North coach Dave Falco is fond of saying. It ain't easy.

Tuesday at Fishkill's Sharpe Reservation, where the Flaming Arrows have been coming for a five-day getaway since 1983, began with a 2.5-mile run at 6 a.m.

Halfway through, the team paused to sing its fight song...

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Mepham QB Tyler Davis has grown into his role

Mepham quarterback Tyler Davis, right, readies a hand

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Preparing for his third season as the starting quarterback and second in the spread offense, Mepham's Tyler Davis has grown to the point that his head coach Anthony Cracco is always confident he'll make the right decision.

"Nobody gets a better vantage point than the quarterback standing behind the defense," Cracco said.

It helps that Cracco's confidence in Davis isn't the only thing...

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Mike Scheuerer finally gets chance at Farmingdale

Farmingdale QB Mike Scheuerer.

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The wait is over for Farmingdale quarterback Mike Scheuerer and the senior can hardly wait for the season to begin.

“I’m very excited. I’ll finally get to do what I’ve wanted to do my entire life,” Scheuerer said of having earned the starting job after backing up his friend Vinny Quinn last season when the Dalers won the Nassau I championship. “Ever since I played pee-wee football at 5 years...

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Plainview JFK looks to surprise in Nassau I

Navigating Nassau Conference I football is no easy task -- especially without experience. That was the task Plainview JFK -- with nine sophomore starters -- faced going into 2013.

Now they're looking to draw on the lessons learned from a 2-6 season and come out ready for a playoff push as the No. 11 seed in 2014.

"They were young and we got a little banged up as time went on going into...

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Selts, Coan will be keys to Sayville's success

Jack Coan hands off to Matt Selts during

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Two players who have already made verbal commitments to play lacrosse in college — sophomore Jack Coan at Notre Dame and senior Matt Selts at Marist — hold the keys to the high-powered engine that is Sayville football’s offense for 2014.

Both are bigger than last year’s models, thanks to rigorous work in the weight room. Coan added 10 pounds and now weighs 170 on a rangy 6-2 1/2 frame, while...

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It's 12:01 a.m. and Roosevelt is practicing

Roosevelt quarterback Justin Terry scrambles for a gain

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Roosevelt fell to Babylon by one point in last year’s Long Island Championship Game . . . and it took the Rough Riders only one minute to start official work toward making sure that doesn’t happen again.

For the second consecutive year, Roosevelt wasted literally no time getting the season started, holding their first practice of the year at 12:01 a.m. Monday, the first day allowed on Long...

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Empire Challenge by the numbers

Long Island's Andrew Ris (13) looks for running

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It was a contrast in offensive styles at Wednesday night's Empire Challenge.

Long Island accumulated 257 yards passing and only four rushing while New York City had 268 yards rushing and 108 through the air. Andrew Ris (Carey) matched Trent Crossan (Sachem North) with three receptions, for 51 yards, and also completed a two-point conversion pass as the holder.

The City was led by Kahlil...

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11 Empire Challenge players heading to Nassau CC

Farmingdale's Curtis Jenkins rushes for a long gain

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As today’s seniors prep for the 19th annual Empire Challenge All-Star football game Wednesday night at Hofstra, several are headed to the same college in the fall.

Nassau Community College is the destination for seven players on the Long Island team and four on the NYC squad.

The list for Long Island includes Levar Butts and Troy Greene (Huntington), Jeremiah Cheatom (Riverhead), Marc...

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Feinstein returns for Quakers in LI Class C Finals

East Rockaway shortstop Sean Bohan, left, tags out

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Matt Feinstein can’t wait for Friday’s Long Island Class C Finals.

After sitting out the month of May with a broken fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand, the junior righthander gets the start for Friends Academy.

The Quakers (7-11) take on Pierson-Bridgehampton (13-3) at 4 p.m. at the Dowling Sports Complex in Shirley.

“I know it’s a big game,” Feinstein said. “I’ve never been...

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Seaford's batterymates setting the playoff tone

Seaford's Jake Doyle

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Lucas Hall and Jake Doyle are more than batterymates and junior captains.

“They’re seniors with just an extra year, a bonus year,” Seaford coach Mike Milano said. “That is what they are.”

In other words, Hall and Doyle don’t want to waste any time. They want to make this season one to remember.

As Doyle tells Hall, “Just go big, or go home,” Hall said. “You never know who is watching...

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