Week 8 in Nassau County Conference one football was a wild week of action, which saw two overtime games that helped to reshape the standings and set up interesting first round playoff match-ups.
The game of the week took place in Freeport, as the Freeport Red Devils overtook the Oceanside Sailors for the number one seed in the conference with a thrilling 41-38 overtime victory. Freeport trailed 21-0 early in the second quarter before leading a furious comeback to take a 28-27 fourth quarter lead. With less then two minutes remaining, a Tyler Heuer touchdown gave the lead back to Oceanside before Jeve Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown. In overtime, after an Oceanside field goal, Daniel Olivier scored from two yards out (his fourth touchdown of the game) to give Freeport the victory.
In other conference one action Baldwin battled Hicksville for the final playoff spot in the conference. The winner would advance as the eighth seed, with the loser being closed out of the post season. Hicksville jumped out to a 10-0 first half lead before Baldwin returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown. A 24 yard field goal by Nick Carrino tied the score at 10. In overtime, after a Hicksville missed field goal, Aaron Greene broke a tackle and ran 20 yards to the end zone for the winning touchdown. The victory sends Baldwin to Freeport in the first round of the playoffs.
Syosset moved to fifth in the conference with a come from behind 19-14 victory over fourth place East Meadow. Trailing 14-7 in the 4th quarter, Syosset’s Joe Morrison broke off a 40 yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 14-13. The extra point attempt failed, leaving Syosset trailing by one. With 1:01 left in regulation, Daniel Ventricelli hit Chris Park for a 25 yard touchdown, giving Syosset the thrilling victory. The two will face off again in the first round of the playoffs at East Meadow.
In other action, Farmingdale defeated Massapequa 35-21 and MacArthur beat Herricks 28-7. Farmingdale will host MacArthur on Friday night in the 3 vs. 6 match-up, while seventh seeded Massapequa will visit second seeded Oceanside.
Besides East Meadow vs. Syosset, the other three playoff match-ups will be rematches from the first week of the regular season. Oceanside defeated Massapequa 34-7 with Tyler Heuer throwing his first three touchdown passes of the year. Freeport rushed for 472 yards in a 48-13 victory over Baldwin and Farmingdale erased a 20-6 second quarter deficit to come from behind and defeat MacArthur 31-26.
In conference two, Carey clinched the number one seed and completed an 8-0 regular season with a 43-13 victory over Elmont. Quarterback Kyle Zahradka threw three touchdown passes, while running back Juliano Bove scored four touchdowns on the day. This is the first time since 1978 that Carey finished 8-0.
Garden City secured the second seed in the conference with a 35-0 shutout of Bellmore JFK. Running back Patric Berkery scored the first two touchdowns of the game with runs of 25 and 40 yards.
Wantagh clinched the third seed, holding off Calhoun for a 35-28 victory. Wantagh jumped out to a 21-0 first half lead with John Reicherter running for a 66 yard touchdown and catching a pass for a 69 yard score.
In other conference two action, Long Beach defeated Westbury 32-21. Long Beach running back Damon Whitfield scored three touchdowns and ran for 259 yards.
Mepham defeated Great Neck South 34-14 to finish the season at 6-2.
The final playoff spot in the conference ended in a three way tie in the power ratings between Westbury (4-4,) New Hyde Park (3-5) and Valley Steam South (4-4,) with Westbury getting the playoff nod. Calhoun finished at 3-5 but ended up seventh in the power ratings because of their week 3 victory over Mepham and strength of schedule.
The first round playoff match-ups will be Carey hosting Westbury, Garden City hosting Calhoun, Wantagh hosting Long Beach and Mepham visiting Elmont.
Wantagh defeated Long Beach 35-7 in Week one, while Garden City ran past Calhoun 42-7 in week two. Carey did not play Westbury and Mepham did not face Elmont in the 2010 regular season.