“Turnovers. Turnovers are the key to the game,” New York City Head Coach Peter Gambardella told his team just before it took the field for the 15th Annual Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge All-Star Football Game on June 22.
Gambardella was right on the money—turnovers did decide the outcome. The three turnovers that his team forced led directly to its victory over Long Island by a score of 15-10 in front of 8,224 fans on a breezy, rainy night at James Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University.
The all-time series now stands 7-6 in Long Island’s favor (the first two games were all-Long Island affairs in which Suffolk County played Nassau County).
To view a highlight video from the event, go to the Empire Challenge web site.