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Nassau HS football playoff preview
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Chris Buschi, right, and East Meadow will try to fend off Massapequa.

Conference II
Garden City (1) vs. Bellmore-JFK (8): The Trojans (7-1) are coming off a rare loss but remain serious contenders. They’ll try to use the same formula they did in 2011 when they beat the Cougars (3-5) in the opening round.

MacArthur (2) vs. Elmont (7): The Generals (7-1) have won six straight, including a 24-6 victory over the Spartans (4-4) in Week 6. They’ve got offensive balance, with running back Tom Kelleher and quarterback Gerard Cunningham, and title hopes.

Wantagh (3) vs. Mepham (6): The Warriors (6-2) made a statement in the regular-season finale, crushing Long Beach by 34. They beat the Pirates (4-4) by 18 in Week 3, but the visitors have won three in a row.

Carey (4) vs. Long Beach (5): Here we go again. It’s the third playoff meeting in four years between the Seahawks (6-2) and Marines (5-3), with Carey winning the previous two. Long Beach took a Week 2 battle but has lost three straight. 

Conference III
Lawrence (1) vs. Bethpage (8): Can the Golden Tornadoes (8-0) be stopped? They’ve not only lit up the scoreboard, averaging 49.2 points per game, but their defense is a force. The Golden Eagles (3-5) were no match in Week 3, falling by 21.

Glen Cove (2) vs. Hewlett (7): Upset alert — the Bulldogs (4-4) held a 19-point lead over the Big Red (7-1) late in the third quarter of their Week 5 matchup before the hosts rallied to take a thrilling 20-19 decision.

Plainedge (3) vs. Lynbrook (6): Upset alert — the Owls (4-4) knocked off the Red Devils (6-2) in the regular-season finale, 17-14, and are playing their best football of the year. The offenses are led by Danny Kelly and Gianfranco Soriente, respectively.

V.S. South (4) vs. Manhasset (5): The Falcons (5-3) have won four straight and will host their first playoff game in more than a decade. They blanked the Indians (4-4), 19-0, during the streak and allowed only three touchdowns in four games.

Conference IV
Seaford (1) vs. Mineola (8): In search of their fifth county title in six years, the Vikings (8-0) will be tested down the road but is a prohibitive favorite to get past the improved Mustangs (5-3) behind quarterback Pete Adorno.


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