2018 Empire Challenge in the News Roundup

Empire Challenge Goes Down to the Very Last Play… Again! via News12 The Bronx


Long Island wins 23rd annual Empire Challenge via News12 Long Island


McAuley gets kick out of Empire Challenge via Riverhead News Review


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Schwartz: Football For A Good Cause At 20th Annual Empire Challenge via CBS New York


Written by: Peter Schwartz

Despite Mother Nature’s efforts, it was a beautiful evening at Hofstra University on Tuesday night. Sure, there was plenty of rain and two lightning delays, but it didn’t matter. Despite stormy conditions at Shuart Stadium, the end result was all that counted.

In fact, there was really nothing that could take away from the real meaning of the 20th annual UnitedHealthcare Empire Challenge, an All-Star high school football game presented by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, pitting Long Island against New York City. For the record, Long Island won for the fifth straight year, beating New York City 34-27.

But the final score was irrelevant.

Proceeds from the event support area youth football and the fight against cystic fibrosis. The money raised is distributed between the Gunnar H. Esiason Endowed Scholarship at Hofstra University, high school athletic programs, tickets provided to local youth groups and the cystic fibrosis community.

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Football: SWR’s Squires catches TD pass in Long Island win via Riverhead News-Review


Written by: Bob Liepa


Because of the weather, the postgame fireworks show was cancelled. That was O.K., though, because the fans had already seen a different sort of fireworks, before and during the 20th annual Empire Challenge football game.

At first, there was nature’s brand of fireworks that caused two lightning delays at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium. And then there were the fireworks created by the Long Island offense.

Long Island’s offense provided some bolts of energy itself, beating New York City, 34-27, on Tuesday night in the annual meeting of the top senior high school players in the area.

It was the fifth straight win by Long Island, which has a 12-6 record in the history of the game. (The first two contests were between Nassau and Suffolk counties.)

Shoreham-Wading River wide receiver Isreal Squires caught a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from John Daniggelis to help the Long Islanders out to a 34-14 lead with 5 minutes 45 seconds left. Squires, who will play football for St. Lawrence University (N.Y.), made two catches for 32 yards.

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Pete Blieberg: Empire Challenge’s unsung hero Updated June 23, 2015 11:33 PM via Newsday

Written by: Greg Sarra

Pete Blieberg didn’t sleep Monday night. He hasn’t slept the night before the Empire Challenge for 20 years, which is understandable.

Blieberg is the senior game coordinator for the matchup of Long Island’s senior football all-stars against their counterparts from New York City. It’s a full-time job, and he loves it.

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Jasawn Thompson’s position switch a good end to his high school career via Newsday

Written by: BOB HERZOG

Jasawn Thompson of Deer Park loves to roam. That’s why his style of defense is so well-suited to being a sideline-to-sideline linebacker.

And that’s why the Delaware-bound Thompson did a double-take last week when he was told where he will be playing on the Long Island defensive unit in tonight’s 20th Empire Challenge against New York City at 7 p.m. at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.

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Empire Challenge a last hurrah for two LI quarterbacks via Newsday


Written by: BOB HERZOG

For one Long Island quarterback, the Empire Challenge provides the opportunity to push the restart button on his football career. For another, it’s a forlorn farewell before hitting the eject button.

“It’s definitely an honor to be here,” said Steve Genova of St. Anthony’s, flashing a wide smile and pointing to the array of players around him as he added, “We had weapons at St. Anthony’s,…

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