By Andrew Wroblewski
A trio of local football teams were unsuccessful in their qualifying round matchups in this year’s Suffolk football playoffs.
Commack, Harborfields, and Huntington were each eliminated from playoff contention this week.
The Cougars of Commack, seeded eighth in Suffolk Division I, drew a tough matchup against top-seeded Lindenhurst on Friday. Although Commack kept the game close early, it was eventually blanked, 38-0, by the undefeated Bulldogs.
Commack finishes the season 4-5 with wins over Whitman, Brentwood, Patchogue-Medford and Longwood.
Also on Friday, Harborfields, seeded fifth in Division III, trailed fourth-seeded Sayville early, but took a 20-17 lead in the second half. However, Sayville fought back, scoring what would be the eventual game-winning touchdown with a minute left to play in the third quarter.
Harborfields finishes the season 5-3 with wins over Kings Park, Rocky Point, Hauppauge, Comsewogue and Eastport-South Manor.
Then on Saturday, fifth-seeded Huntington had fourth-seeded Half Hollow Hills High School East on the ropes through three quarters of Division II play, but the Blue Devils surrendered their lead in the fourth quarter, falling 14-10.
Huntington finishes its season 5-4 with wins over Copiague, Deer Park, Smithtown West, Newfield and Riverhead.