Live game primer: Conf. I football semi-finals
County championship spots are on the line as the Conference I football semifinals will be contested on a special MSG Varsity Live Access doubleheader from Hofstra University.
First in a 4:00 p.m. showdown, it'll be a 2-3 battle as Oceanside meets Baldwin at Shuart Stadium.
Both of these teams met in Week 7 of the regular season with Baldwin besting the Sailors in a 28-21 victory. Jovaun Tomlinson had 16 carries for 176 yards and two touchdowns, including a 39-yard score in the fourth quarter to give Baldwin the eventual win. Treyvon Mask also had 134 rushing yards in the victory.
The Bruins advanced to this spot by dominating Uniondale for the second time in the 2012 season with a 28-0 win over the Knights. Tomlinson again starred for Baldwin by rushing for 153 yards and scoring two touchdowns in the quarterfinal victory.
Oceanside comes into the semifinals witha 8-1 record on the season, with its only loss to already eliminated East Meadow. The Sailors advanced to the semifinals with an impressive 49-24 victory over Syosset. Tom Capone completed 17 of 23 passes for 359 yards and five TDs, which were all career highs for the senior in the quarterfinal victory.
In the 7:30 p.m. showdown, two close rivals will meet on the gridiron as top-ranked Farmingdale will meet the fourth-seeded Massapequa Chiefs.
This will be the second meeting of the year between the two teams with Farmingdale emerging victorious over Massapequa, 21-14. Curtis Jenkins rushed for 146 yards on 14 carries for the Dalers in the victory.
Farmingdale is where they are now after shutting out Plainview JFK in the Conference I quarterfinals, 28-0. The Dalers defensive line stood strong against the Hawks, holding the opposition to just 49 yards of total offense in the win. Jernkins and Stevensen Hogarth each had a touchdown in the win.
Massapequa is coming off an impressive 43-29 victory over fourth-ranked and defending Nassau County champion, East Meadow in the quarterfinals. The Chiefs, without its star Jack Korber, led an impressive ground game highlighted by Paul Dilena's 108 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns. Nick Capuana added an additional 73 yards and a score for the Chiefs in the win.