Neighborhood bragging rights north and south of Jerusalem Avenue will be on the line Saturday afternoon when Wantagh and MacArthur meet on the football field for the first time since 2009.
Saturday’s matchup of neighboring communities, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Wantagh High School, was made possible thanks to MacArthur dropping down to Conference II from Conference I for this season. The last meeting between Wantagh and MacArthur, two schools separated by just 1.62 miles, came on Oct. 2, 2009 with the Warriors pulling out a 7-0 home victory.
“It’s a nice neighborhood rivalry with two teams that have the same goals,” said Wantagh football head coach Keith Sachs. “It should be a great game.”
In addition to the close geographic proximity, many of MacArthur’s students reside in Wantagh. The dividing line between the Wantagh and Levittown School Districts is Jerusalem Avenue.
Both Wantagh and MacArthur opened the 2012 campaigns with dominating wins this past weekend and are expected to challenge for the Nassau County Conference II title this fall. The Warriors defeated Calhoun 37-3 Saturday while the Generals shutout Westbury 28-0 in their season opener Friday night.
Saturday’s home game against MacArthur will be the 500th in Wantagh football history. Past Warrior players who attend the special game will be announced to mark the historic occasion.
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