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Friday, August 22, 2014
Nassau HS football playoff preview
Postseason to begin this Saturday
Kathy Leistner/Herald
Chris Buschi, right, and East Meadow will try to fend off Massapequa.

All Nassau County High School sporting events last week were postponed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, including 16 first-round football playoff games that were rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

The semifinals and county championship games at Hofstra will follow on subsequent weekends, and the Long Island championships are projected to take place Nov. 30-Dec. 2, marking just the second time in 17 years they won’t be held on Thanksgiving weekend.

The following is a breakdown of the opening round matchups in Nassau.

Conference I
Farmingdale (1) vs. Plainview-JFK (8): Farmingdale (7-1) earned the No. 1 seed with a 21-14 victory over Massapequa in the regular-season finale. The Dalers are led by running back Curtis Jenkins, and the Hawks (4-4) by running back Ryan Schenck.

Oceanside (2) vs. Syosset (7): The Sailors (7-1) seek a third straight trip to the semifinals. They defeated the Braves (4-4) in Week 4, 22-0, behind quarterback Tom Capone’s 20-for-27, 238-yard performance, and 11 tackles and an interception from Vasilli Grigorakos.

Baldwin (3) vs. Uniondale (6): The Bruins (6-2) are hot and shouldn’t have much trouble advancing. They beat the Knights (5-3) handily in the season opener, and the backfield combination of Jovaun Tomlinson and Treyvon Mask will prove a handful.

East Meadow (4) vs. Massapequa (5): The Jets (6-2) fell to the Chiefs (5-3) at home in Week 7, 38-29, despite four rushing touchdowns from Billy Andrle. It’s the most interesting first-round game in Nassau and should come down to the wire.

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