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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Football practice on the horizon
Eric Dunetz/Herald
Senior Jordan Fredericks and the Lawrence Golden Tornadoes begin defense of their Conference III title on the road against Bethpage.

On Monday, Aug. 18, all 56 Nassau County public high school football teams will begin preparations for the upcoming season, scheduled to open Friday, Sept. 12 with a handful of games under the lights beginning at 6 p.m. with a Conference II battle between Kennedy and Westbury.

Farmingdale, Carey, Lawrence and Roosevelt are out to defend county championships. All four are seeded at the top of their respective conferences. Head coach Mike Stanley’s Seahawks of Carey, seeded at the top of Conference II and coming off a perfect season, will attempt to become the first team to win the Rutgers Cup in back-to-back seasons since Hempstead in 1985-86. The Seahawks open with a trip to Mepham on Sept. 13. 

Farmingdale kicks off the Conference I campaign at Massapequa on Sept. 12, while Lawrence opens Conference III action at Bethpage. Roosevelt’s Conference IV opener is at West Hempstead.

The first three days of practice are non-contact, with helmets and cleats the only equipment permitted. Protective pads and blocking devises will be used beginning Monday, and game scrimmages can be held after the completion of 12 practices.

Developmental League experiment ends
Following the 2011 season, the executive board and athletic council of Section VIII, Nassau’s governing body approved the creation of a Relief Developmental League in football for two years. The experiment has ended and each conference is going back to the traditional 14 teams, based on enrollment.

The six public schools — Port Washington, Great Neck North, Great Neck South, Roslyn, Jericho and Friends Academy — that comprised the majority of the league had a combined record of just 5-35 in 2011. Long Island Lutheran and St. Dominic also competed in the league last year, and results were mixed.

The return to the previous format is not without change, however. Teams seeded No. 14 (Port Washington, Great Neck South, Roslyn, and Oyster Bay) will face the No. 13 and 12 seeds twice apiece, and play seeds 8-11 once apiece. The No. 13 seed will also face No. 11 twice.

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