It’s been a season filled with surprising scores everywhere, but especially Suffolk.
But as the season winds toward the playoffs, the usual suspects are starting to separate themselves a bit from the pack.
Case in point, West Islip. After starting the season ranked No. 1 in the nation, the Lions dropped their opener to Sachem North 13-12 in overtime. Since then, West Islip has won 12 in a row and starts the week No. 2 in the nation.
Today, the Lions face a Walt Whitman team that this season defeated Ward Melville, the lone team to beat West Islip last year. Game time is 4:30 p.m. on the Lions’ new turf field.
At 4:15 p.m., Ward Melville hosts East Islip in a battle of 11-2 teams.
At 6 p.m., Sachem North visits Smithtown West. At 5 p.m., Connetquot (10-3) hosts Smithtown East (8-5). Also at 5 p.m., Copiague visits Sachem East. Commack plays at Patchogue-Medford and Northport plays at North Babylon at 4:30 p.m.
In 4:30 p.m. Nassau games: Port Washington hosts Syosset, Plainview JFK is at Hempstead, Farmingdale visits Oceanside, Uniondale is at Massapequa, Herricks visits Freeport, Seaford hosts Floral Park, North Shore is at Friends Academy and Clarke hosts Locust Valley. Hicksville plays at Baldwin and Mineola hosts Island Trees at 4:15 p.m. At 4:45 p.m., Valley Stream Central hosts East Meadow and Hewlett plays at Glen Cove.
Defending Class B sectional champion Somers hosts Rye, winners of four Class C sectional titles in the last five years, today at 4:30 p.m. Somers beat the Garnets 10-4 earlier this season after losing to Rye in overtime last year. In other 4:30 games, Haldane hosts North Salem, Byram Hills visits Horace Greeley, Fox Lane hosts Harrison, Put Valley is at Peekskill, Hen Hud visits Ossining, Nanuet hosts Pleasantville, Wappingers is at Mahopac and John F. Kennedy Catholic hosts Croton. Brewster visits Arlington at 5:15 p.m.
CHSAA rivals Iona Prep and Fordham Prep meet at 7 p.m. at Fordham Prep. The Gaels won the first meeting between the teams 18-9.
Darien (11-2), which has won five straight and is fresh off a 10-3 win over Yorktown in which the score was 9-0 with the starters in, returns to action with a 6 p.m. game vs. Norwalk at Testa Field.
New Canaan (9-3) hosts Brien McMahon (3-8) at 7 p.m., and St. Joseph-Trumbull (8-3), the defending Class S state champion, visits Wilton at 4:30 p.m. Also at 4:30 p.m., defending FCIAC champ Ridgefield, which plays at John Jay on Saturday, hosts Danbury at Tiger Hollow Stadium and Daniel Hand visits Joel Barlow. At 5:30 p.m., Staples looks to improve to 13-0 when it hosts Westhill.
Be sure to post your thoughts and predictions on these matchups, and while you’re at your game or games today, be sure to check in here with info on the scores and game details early and often.
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