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Baldwin Bruins plan to feature a swarming defense By TONY BELLISSIMO

2017 after Junior Trevor Watts figures to be a two-way starter up front, and undergoing surgery to repair a torn MCL nose tackle Zyaire Whitefield, a suffered in practice, is Baldwin’s aldwin managed just three senior who saw extensive playing top possession receiver and route time in 2017, will work between victories a year ago but runner. The 6-foot-2 Green is he and Melvin. Senior Kenroy peaked at the right time Cummings, who brings an aggres- another athletic target in and gave eventual Conference sive style, is a leading candidate to the passing game. I champion Oceanside a major Manigault, who fill a linebacker spot. scare in the opening round of the There’s no shortage of depth or had seven rushplayoffs. versatility in the secondary, Carroll ing touchdowns The Bruins, trying to become including the Bruins’ noted, with senior captain Arnold Nassau’s first-ever No. 8 seed to lone score in the advance, led the Sailors by a touch- Hillian spearheading the group playoff defeat, leads the at cornerback. Seniors Christian down early in the fourth quarter backfield effort. “He’s not Vera, Chris Normil, Segun Green, before falling, 14-7, two weeks super imposing in terms of size, Michael Butera and Julian Marun after losing the regular-season but he’s got a good football are all in the mix to start and/or meeting by 30 points. mind and moves well,” Carroll contribute as corners or safeties. “One or two plays either way said. An X-factor in the offense “We’re in very good shape in the and we could’ve pulled the upset is Cummings, who exploded defensive backfield,” Carroll said. of the century,” Baldwin head for some big performances last Keeping the linemen healthy coach Steve Carroll said. “Hopefully we can carry some of that momen- is one of the biggest keys to tum into this season and play up to offensive success, the coach our potential every game. We don’t said. One of the five spots have any returning award winners, was up for grabs heading into the scrimmage. Melvin returns but we’re looking to get some by at left tackle, Watts at guard, the end of the year.” and senior Jared Mitchell, who Seeded where they finished a enjoyed a strong offseason year ago, the Bruins will prepare and has quick feet for his for their opener against East size, can play right tackle or Meadow with a three-way scrimguard. Junior center Brayden mage against Hewlett and West Desantis is up from JV and Hempstead. “I like our schedule,” brings plenty of experience Carroll said. “Last year we had a tough go of it early. We know what with shotgun snaps. The offense is in the hands we’re facing in East Meadow in the opener. They’re going to pound it at of senior quarterback Naliam melviN us on the ground and our defense thanael Holmes, who started the last five games a year ago has to play fast and tackle well.” and threw three touchdown Senior middle linebacker year but was held in check other passes in his varsity debut. “He’s Eric Manigault, who averaged weeks. He had four touchdowns. got a good arm and can escape eight stops per game, and senior “Kenroy is a dedicated athlete trouble when he has to,” Carroll lineman Liam Melvin serve as who can make things happen said. “Hopefully the five games the defensive catalysts. Both are with his speed,” Carroll said. he played gave him enough captains and returning two-way experience to slow the game down On special teams, Manigault’s starters. “We’ll go defensively as punting ability remains a “trethose guys go,” Carroll explained. for him.” Holmes is backed by “We’ll show some different looks, junior Julian Watts, the JV starting mendous asset,” the coach said, quarterback last season. “If he’s and the two-point conversion but the key is going to be playing not playing quarterback, he’ll be could become commonplace if at a high speed. We’ve been a on the field somewhere,” Carroll the open tryouts for kicker fail to grinding defense in the past, but said of Watts. produce a reliable leg. that’s not what we’re looking for Hillian, who missed all of this year.”

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Eric Manigault

NathaNael holmes

Schedule 8 14 22 29 6 13 20 27

September East Meadow 2:00 p.m. @ Freeport 6:00 p.m. Hicksville 2:00 p.m. @ Port Wash. 1:30 p.m. October Oceanside 3:00 p.m. @ Long Beach 2:00 p.m. @ Massapequa 2:00 p.m. Syosset 2:00 p.m. Photos by John heckman

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Calhoun Colts eager to build off last season’s success By BRIAN KACHARABA

“We turned people all four of Casimano’s 100-yard over 29 times last year in rushing efforts came over the last eight games [and] for high five games. school, that’s a pretty high “We have Nick Turrini, who he Colts couldn’t wait to number,” Moeller said. “We actually led Nassau County in build on last year’s highly expect the defense to continue goals in lacrosse and Ariel, who successful campaign that to be very, very good.” included six wins and the first play- committed to the lifting in the Rosales and DeJesus are offseason who is tremendously off victory in school history. Not the inside linebackers and will be strong and Tom Casimano is kind long after the season concluded, flanked by newcomer Jake Marine, of a freakish athlete,” Moeller several of the players approached who is already a successful varsity said. “We have the three-headed head coach Brian Moeller and wrestler, and a combination of uprequested that they start preparing monster that are all deadly in the and-coming sophomore Ryan Baci open field.” for 2018…in February! and Eric Porfido. Turrini didn’t throw the ball They weren’t joking. The Colts “Wrestlers make single-leg much last season with just over 40 ran drills for about two weeks takedowns,” Moeller confidently attempts with four touchdowns outside in the tough winter eleand no interceptions, but when he said of Marine. “You have to make ments as they set their sights on a fourth playoff berth in five years does this season, his main targets the tackle, go get ‘em,” Casamato, who had an inwill likely be speedy 5-foot-11 while battling Garden City, Carey, terception return for a touchdown wideout Matthew Marziliano, Mepham and MacArthur for the fellow senior Mike Rossi and Valtop spot in Conference II. entino Pagano. Six-foot senior Moeller was both surprised tight end Keith Rosales could and excited about his players’ get some catches as well. commitment, which also included The offensive line, which extended work in the weight room. also plays a major part in the “I said, ‘Are you serious?’” offensive scheme, lost two Moeller said of the practice request. “They asked for it. They said, impact players to graduation in guards Dean Paolillo and ‘Coach, we want to build off last Jack Apello, but durable senior year.’ We did a week and the kids center Jack Annibale is back were like, ‘Can we have another at center to anchor the line. week?’” Joe Ierachi and James Tobin That hunger grew stronger after Calhoun rallied for 14 points will man the tackle positions, while Kevin Corrales, Tobias in the fourth quarter to beat MacArthur 26-19 in the first round Harrington, Finn Campbell MATT MArZILIANO of the playoffs on Nov. 4. The Colts and Trevor Curtis will battle for the open two guard spots. also hung tough against eventual Annibale was in on just champion Garden City in the semilast year, and Pagano are the finals, trailing by only a touchdown about every snap on both sides cornerbacks, with Rossi and at halftime before eventually losing of the ball last season and will Liam Walley adding depth at the again start at nose tackle in the 35-14. position. Marziliano is a solid 3-4 defensive scheme the Colts The Colts will continue to defender at safety and tied last implemented last year. employ a run-option offense that year’s playoff win at MacArthur “He’s a big load,” Moeller averaged over 25 points a game in the fourth quarter with a 30said laughingly of the 6-foot-4, last year, featuring the senior yard fumble return for a score. 300-pound Annibale. “He’s the triumvirate of quarterback Nick Casamato was also dangerwhole thing [and] he’s the anchor.” Turrini, halfback Tom Casimano ous on special teams by recordLike Annibale, the other and fullback Ariel DeJesus. Turrini ing two punt return touchdowns offensive lineman will also be key rushed for over 540 yards and last year. figures on the defensive line as nine touchdowns, including the The Colts open at home the Colts will again go with a 3-4 game-winner with two minutes scheme implemented last season. against local rival Kennedy. left in Calhoun’s playoff win, and

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Ariel DeJesus

JACK ANNIBALE

Schedule 8 15 21 29 6 13 20 27

September Kennedy 2:00 p.m. @ Carey 2:00 p.m. MacArthur 7:00 p.m. @ Herricks 2:00 p.m. October Mephham 3:00 p.m. Garden City 2:00 p.m. @ Elmont 2:00 p.m. @ Sewanhaka 2:00 p.m. Photos by Jeff Wilson

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Carey Defense sets tone for talented Seahawks By ANDREW MCCLURE

be tough Joe Todaro moves from safety to to stop outside backer where he’s joined when the by senior Mark Spano. Seahawks go The Seahawks should be t was a disappointing 2017 to the air. James and Dan impenetrable at times up front. campaign for Carey, which Stein, and Kevin Bell are all Senior tackles Andre Blanc and underwent its most difficult 6-foot-3, 295-pound Vincenzo Mil- threats in the passing game. season in more than a decade. While Garden City is still The Seahawks won their first three ione will be a handful. Returning the team to beat, Stanley is senior starters Andrew Scarpinito contests, but were decimated by and highly talented Richard Mejia optimistic. “I like this team injuries to key players, and closed by losing four of the last five to fin- will man the end positions to form a lot,” Stanley said. “They’re what should be an impressive front team-first guys and they ish with an overall record of 5-5. have set their goals high. Carey, the No. 2 seed in Nas- four. They have a chip on their Carey is deep in the secondsau Conference II, should be much shoulder from last season, ary. Kevin Bell will start at free improved. With an aggressive, safety, while senior Nick Giacalone and are driven to be sucphysical defense, and numerous cessful. This senior class had will occupy one of the corners. weapons on the offensive side a lot of success at the junior Senior Riley DeMeo, and juniors of the ball, the Seahawks hope varsity level. If we can stay Conor Murray and Nicholas Bell to challenge two-time defending healthy, I believe we have a will all be in the rotation. champion Garden City for league Stanley will look to keep supremacy. The Trojans, MacArthur, guys fresh by limiting the Mepham, Elmont, and a muchnumber of linemen playing on improved Calhoun eleven are all both sides of the ball. Senior on the schedule. Head coach Mike Stanley likes center Ryan Devaney had a solid offseason and is ready to what he’s seen thus far. “Having go. Senior Rob Humrich and a lot of guys back certainly helps junior Louis Capriotti handle with the learning curve,” Stanley the guard duties. Milione will said. “Last year’s tough season play left tackle, with senior was due to a combination of Joseph Tribble on the right. an extensive injury list and not getting as much out of guys as we Blanc and junior James Daly thought we’d get. When we played will also be in the mix on the Mepham in the playoffs, they were offensive line. A pair of quarterbacks just so much bigger and stronger than us. We had a great offseason, are battling for the starting and have a bunch of guys who like nod. Senior Patrick McGrath NICK GIACALONE is a tremendous athlete who to get after it.” runs the ball well, and can While the Carey offense throw it on the run. Mcgrath drew heaps of praise when the chance to win each time we step also has the versatility to play Seahawks were winning Long on the field.” running back or wide receiver. Island titles in 2013 and 2014, Carey gets the season Junior Jason Kessler is more of a the team’s defense was just as started on a Friday evening on classic drop back passer, and a dominant. Carey should boast a the road when it faces Valley great decision maker. Stanley said stingy defense in 2018. Stream Central at Mitchel he likes the different skill sets the Senior Devin Hartz, the team Athletic Complex on Sept. 7. The leader in tackles as a junior, returns quarterbacks bring to the huddle. home opener comes eight days DeNicola figures to be the at inside linebacker. He’s flanked later against Calhoun. by Anthony DeNicola, a big, hard- team’s go-to back. Mejia brings hitting sophomore who was a two- athleticism and quickness, while Hartz has breakaway speed. way starter as a freshman. Expect the tandem of Hartz and DeNicola DeMeo and Giacalone, one of the county’s top receivers in 2017, will to make some noise. Sophomore

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Devin Hartz

VINCENZO MILIONE

Schedule 7 15 22 29 5 13 20 27

September @ V.S. Central 7:00 p.m. Calhoun 2:00 p.m. Elmont 2:00 p.m. @ Garden City 2:00 p.m. October @ MacArthur 7:00 p.m. New Hyde Park 2:00 p.m. @ Kennedy 2:00 p.m. Mepham 2:00 p.m. Photos by John Heckman

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Clarke Talented Rams compete with heavy hearts By DAVID WEINGRAD

inside linebacker, and Caputo “The senior class has done is a free safety. Though the a really good job as far as setting new defensive system is a work the standard for the offseason in progress, O’Malley said his workout,” O’Malley said. “When or the first time in three players have done an excellent job your senior class is setting the decades, Clarke will begin this offseason grasping the new tone, good things usually follow.” a football season without a concepts and relearning defensive Ranked fourth in Conference familiar face on the sidelines. As fundamentals. IV this season, O’Malley said as Tim O’Malley takes the reins for Clarke, which will alternate long as his team avoids injuries, he the first time as head coach, he home and away games, will face acknowledged that his excitement expects them to be very competiis mixed with a deep sense of sad- tive. With their entire backfield and Malverne in its home opener on Sept. 15. The Rams square off ness over his friend and colleague, top two receivers returning, their against all three teams above John Boyle, who passed away this offense is certainly not lacking in them in the rankings – top-seeded firepower. past May after 30 years as head Much of that offense will run Seaford on the road on Sept. coach of Clarke football. 21; at home against thirdthrough Austin Carman, a twoAs a testament to the seeded Locust Valley on Oct. time All-County returning senior profound respect that Boyle had 13; and will wrap their season and three-year varsity player, who earned countywide – he served O’Malley called “an explosive run- at second-seeded Cold Spring as past president of the Nassau County Football Coaches Associa- ner” who could score on any play. Harbor on Oct. 27. Another weapon on the offention and as the Section VIII Modisive side is senior Arton Dalipi, fied Football Coordinator from 2012 to 2017 – all Nassau football a three-year starter at wide receiver. “When we throw the teams will wear a “JB” sticker ball out there, there’s a good on their helmets this season. As chance that, if it’s near him,” for Clarke, O’Malley said he can’t think of a better way to memorial- the coach said, “he’s going to ize to their longtime coach than by catch it.” Another senior, Antonio working hard every single day and Ianniello, will contribute to playing the game the right way. their offensive attack at the “A lot of the kids have full back position. “He’s an mentioned that they really want extremely physical inside to make sure John is honored runner,” O’Malley said. “He properly by the way they play,” complements Austin very said O’Malley, who was an assistant under Boyle for 29 years. “By well.” One storyline of Clarke’s putting forth their best effort on a SEAN rUSSEll daily basis, that’s their best way to offseason is who will end up lining up under center honor him.” So far, he said, they’re off to a come Sept. 8. Two seniors, Sean After five months of practice, great start. Clarke, whose offensive Russell and Anthony Caputo are competing for the position, though O’Malley said his team is more and defensive core comprises a than ready for some live game group of returning seniors that led O’Malley stopped short of calling action in what is sure to be an the Rams to a playoff berth a year it a competition considering both emotional season. “We’re really players will be a major factor in ago, has been hard at work on just looking forward to getting Clarke’s offense in some role. the practice field since March. As started,” he said. “We’re rearing “They’re both very skilled players they implement a new defensive to go and ready to start playing who can play other positions,” he scheme under first-year defensive some football.” said. coordinator Steve Anderson, All five seniors are two-way O’Malley said his players are eager players. Carman doubles as an outto build off last year’s successful season when they kick off on Sept. side linebacker, Dalipi a defensive back, Ianniello and Russell play 8 at Great Neck.

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Arton Dalipi

AUSTIN CArmAN

Schedule September @ Great Neck 2:00 p.m. Malverne 2:00 p.m. @ Seaford 6:30 p.m. Island Trees 2:00 p.m. October 5 @ W. Hempstead 6:30 p.m. 13 Locust Valley 2:00 p.m. 20 @ E. Rockaway 2:00 p.m. 27 C.S. Harbor 2:00 p.m. 8 15 21 29

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East M MEadow adow Youthful Jets plan a balanced attack By GARRETT D. URIBE

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ebuilding around a single returning starter, secondyear head coach Doug Bange’s Jets begin the next chapter of East Meadow football primed for improvisation, as the young squad sets about adjusting its identity. A roster atypically light on linemen and bulging at the skill positions has inspired East Meadow – 4-5 overall last fall in Nassau Conference I, with a firstround playoff loss to Freeport – to break with its run-first offensive tradition and look to air it out a little as the sixth seed. “We’re trying new looks and formations this year just based on what we’ve been dealt,” said Bange, who also stated his club may start as many as six sophomores. “The run game’s been our bread and butter. But with such a surplus of skill guys, we have to get them involved. We wouldn’t try to be something we’re not.” Just who will be at the controls of East Meadow’s upgraded air attack remains unsettled, with a battle at quarterback under way between sophomore James Saragossi and junior Jahiem Perry, each of whom would be a first-year starter. “They’re getting equal reps in practice and we’re watching for one to pull ahead,” Bange said of the QB candidates. “James runs the option well. Jahiem throws a good ball. They’re both good in the pocket. We probably won’t make a decision until we’re right at week one.” A stabilizing factor amid the Jets’ retooling is returning starter Stephen Calderaro, a senior running back who was second on the team a year ago with five touchdowns, and third in rushing

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front four by sophomore tackle with 422 yards (63 carries, 4 Mark Aguirre, with Bryson and touchdowns, 6.7-yard average.) Imperiale at the ends. “Stephen’s a leader, a big, tough The Jets will run their runner,” Bange said of the Jets version of a 4-2-5, with senior team captain. “We expect big returner Will Ospina and things from him.” Christoforatos as outside With junior wingback linebackers, Reynoso as Brandon Love – a presumed returning starter – sidelined through the safety up high, and Perry at cornerback along September (collarbone), a pair of with fellow speedster underclassmen will start at the position, with one or the other set Ethan Smith, a senior to vacate upon Love’s return. First- with two-way talent. “Ethan’s our fastest year sophomores Chris Barry and Billy Christoforatos offer what Jets kid so we could use him as a back coaches feel is a classic one-two on offense too,” punch in the offensive backfield. Bange said. “Not so much between “Billy’s a power guy, runs the tackles; he just wants to get to hard, good speed,” Bange said. the sideline and go.” “Chris Barry’s elusive, shifty; everything he does is smooth. They’re a great combo.” Added Bange: “All our backs have great hands too, so we can also play them at receiver.” As East Meadow’s air corps continues to solidify, juniors Josh Reynoso and Eric Bryson have nailed down starting gigs, at wideout and tight end respectively. “Josh goes up and gets the ball,” Bange said of the 6-foot-2 receiver, who also starts defensively at safety. “He’s a focus of our passing game. STePHen CaldeRaRO Eric can block as well as catch. He enjoys blocking as It is likely Bange will be much as receiving.” weighing such options through A largely untested all-junior crew makes up East Meadow’s of- a season shaping up as an fensive line, with Sal Imperiale and adventure. A shortfall of veterans Kevin Moreno the tackles, Christian notwithstanding, Bange believes East Meadow has fresh horses Castaneda the center, Matt Perise the right guard, and left guard Ja- enough to make a fine go of it this fall. son Staunton the lone returner of “Summer camp is about the bunch. “Jason’s got experience finding what your strengths and fights tough inside,” Bange said. “He’s like a little bull. He pulls are,” Bange said. “These kids are young but they’re commitwell too.” ted, and can play multiple posiStaunton also starts at defensive tackle, joined in the Jets’ tions. Our schedule’s tough, but I HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Jason Staunton

think it’s realistic to plan on getting past the first round of the playoffs.”

JOSH ReynOSO

Schedule 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 26

September @ Baldwin 2:00 p.m. Farmingdale 2:00 p.m. @ Long Beach 2:00 p.m. Massapequa 2:00 p.m. October Port Wash. 3:00 p.m. @ Freeport 2:00 p.m. Oceanside 2:00 p.m. @ Plainview 6:00 p.m. Photos by Ron Manfredi

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East Rockaway Rocks no strangers to numbers crunch By ANDREW MCCLURE

Charles Harrison round out Senior quarterback Andrew what should be a muchLaBarbera returns to call the improved offensive line. signals. Pajer is high on LaBarPlaying on both sides ast Rockaway started strong, bera’s leadership skills, work ethic, and ability to manage and run the of the ball is typical at East withstood a mid-season Rockaway and this year will be team’s offensive attack. While the three-game losing streak, Harteam is at its best when it’s able to no different. Amabile, Sarro, Har and battled back to finish on rison, McCann IV, and junior Craig keep the ball on the ground and a high note with consecutive grind out lengthy sustained drives, Kelly will man the defensive line. victories to close out the 2017 Cavalli, Bonziglia and Ventura will LaBarbera is efficient when called campaign. The Rocks compiled all be in the mix at defensive end. upon to throw the ball. a 4-4 record, but finished on the East Rockaway will be strong Senior wingback Dylan outside looking in at the Nassau at linebacker with Ackerman manHenshaw, a three-year starter, is Conference IV playoffs. ning the middle, and Henshaw as close to a go-to back as the The Rocks are the No. 6 seed Rocks possess. Henshaw is strong and Espinal handling the in Conference IV in 2018, which outside. The secondary will be and physical between the tackles. means they’ll be dealing with a composed of Brown, Cilluffo, When he gets past the backers, very challenging schedule. Locust Alvarez, and senior Isaiah Valley, Cold Spring Harbor. Clarke, he has the speed to outrun the secondary. Henshaw led the team Brathwaite. and defending Long Island chamThe Rocks open the with eight touchdowns as a junior. pion Seaford all await the orange Junior Caleb Alvarez had some season on the road against and black. While every high school football big moments as a sophomore at the wing. Alvarez is a shifty, team is struggling with diminishelusive back with surprising ing participation on the gridiron, strength. Seniors Jarell Brown dealing with low numbers has and Stefano Cilluffo, and been the norm at East Rockaway junior Ezequiel Espinal will for ages. The Rocks will have a roster of just 20 to 22 players, but get plenty of touches out of the backfield. Brown had four the good news is there are nine starters returning on both sides of touchdown receptions as a the ball. If East Rockaway can stay junior. Senior James Bonziglia healthy, expect it to be in contenreturns at fullback. Senior tion for one of the league’s eight Tariq Chavis will also see playoff slots. time in the backfield. When Russ Pajer, the head coach LaBarbera goes to the air, he’ll for nearly a quarter of a century, look to his backs or tight ends has numerous capable options JOSePH aMabile Robert Ventura and Vincent at the skill positions and some Cavalli. Ventura is likely to see solid, experienced performers in the trenches. “We don’t have that time in the backfield as well. West Hempstead on Sept. 8 at 2 The offensive line is talented, one workhorse to carry the ball p.m. The Rams will be breaking but a lack of depth could be an 30 times a game, but we have a issue. Seniors Joseph Amabile and in their new turf field. East lot of guys who we trust with the Rockaway’s home opener comes Logan Ackerman, a pair of threeball,” Pajer said. “We’re physical a week later against Locust Valand athletic. The schedule is going year starters, anchor the offensive ley at 7 p.m., marking the first to be tough. We play all four of the line. Amabile played center as a night home game in program junior, but is expected to move top seeds. As always, we have to over to tackle. Seniors Edward Mc- history. Additional home contests keep people healthy and on the are versus Cold Spring Harbor, Cann IV and Danny Gonzalez are field. I think we have a chance to Jericho (Oct. 6 Homecoming) also returning starters upfront. be a pretty good football team. Junior Dominic Sarro is penciled and Clarke. We’ll get to see what we’re made in to play center. Hard-working of in Week 1 against West Hempsenior Anthony Soto and junior stead.”

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Logan Ackerman

eddie Mccann

Schedule September @ W. Hempstead 2:00 p.m. Locust Valley 7:00 p.m. @ Island Trees 6:30 p.m. C.S. Harbor 2:00 p.m. October 6 Jericho 3:00 p.m. 13 @ Seaford 2:30 p.m. 20 Clarke 2:00 p.m. 27 @ Oyster Bay 2:00 p.m. 8 15 21 29

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Elmont Front line sets tone for skilled Spartans By TONY BELLISSIMO

games. “He’s got and is ready to take his game to another level. Right guard Mikhail a heck of a leg and we’ll have the best Reid is also improved. There’s kicking game we’ve a lot of pressure on the new espite graduating stars at ever had,” Hegi said. receiver and running back, starting center, sophomore Jason The front line will Richardson, considering how often as well as their starting Elmont uses the shotgun. However, set the tone defen-quarterback, the Spartans enter sively in the usual 3-5 Richardson has chemistry with 2018 with plenty of talent, depth sophomore quarterback Jonathan scheme. Flemming, and athleticism all over the field. A year ago, Elmont went 5-3 in Maldonado and has proven accu- Dehaney and felrate with snaps throughout camp. low senior Ebu the regular season and hosted a Obiora are all Hegi said he’s eager to see the Conference II playoff game where returning startprogress Maldonado will make its campaign ended at the hands ers capable between Weeks 1 and 8. “He’s of neighborhood rival Carey for a got the arm, he’s got the head and of pressuring second year in a row. The teams will hook up again in Week 3, but he’s got the athleticism,” Hegi said. quarterbacks and stuffing the “We’re pleased with everything first the Spartans get to tangle run. Senior Ryan he’s done so far and he’ll keep with Mepham followed by New Nelson and junior growing. I take pride is our ability Hyde Park in the home opener. to throw the ball. As long as we’ve Brandon Fanos add depth. “I always like a difficult At linebacker, Hegi is excited schedule and we’re really going to got the personnel and the weather isn’t bad, we’ll fling it.” be tested out of the gate at MeSenior Jaiyetoro Gordonpham,” head coach Jay Hegi said. Young was the team’s No. “They were 6-0 before we beat them at our place last year and my 2 receiver last season and topped the depth chart headsons (Matt and Ryan) are juniors there. It’s fun playing against them, ing into this year’s camp. He’s but I’m glad we’re getting it out of also an option in the backfield and will serve as the backup the way early this year.” quarterback. “He’s got speed Elmont, which also faces leading contenders Garden City — the and great hands,” Hegi said. “There’s a lot we can do with two-time defending champs — and Calhoun over the second half him.” Seniors James Pierre, Eleof the year, is ranked No. 6 in the 12-team conference. The Spartans kwa Onwuchekwa, Nehemiah Coeur and Justin McCarthy, will rely on what Hegi believes is their strongest offensive line since and talented junior Jahtez Jaiyetoro Gordon-younG Humphrey are all part of a the 2008 county championship squad. Senior captains Emmanuel deep receiver corps. Predicting who’ll lead the Flemming (All-Conference tackle) about the development of jubackfield in carries following and Klay Dehaney (guard) will niors Nassir Prince and Jeremiah departure of last year’s group is a anchor the unit from the left side. Molloy. After starring at the coin toss, Hegi said. Senior Kevin “They’re both top 10 linemen JV level in 2017, they’re being Hill is a steady and tough runner in the conference,” Hegi said. counted on to start on the inside and could be the answer, as may “They’re strong and have a great Gordon-Young and DaJohn Elcock. and outside, respectively, and work ethic and leadership qualilead a group that includes Reid, The latter transferred back to the ties.” district for his senior year and pos- Gordon-Young and Pierre. Elcock Two additional starters return and senior Jeremy Rosario spearsesses blazing speed. to the offensive front, giving the The emergence of Onwuchekwa head the secondary. Spartans a great deal of experi“Nothing comes easy in our as one of the premier kickers in the ence. Hegi said senior right tackle county will help the Spartans in the conference,” Hegi said. “It’s Adjatay Johnson worked as hard battle of field position and in close loaded.” as anyone during the offseason

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Klay Dehaney

James Pierre

Schedule 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27

September @ Mepham 2:00 p.m. New Hyde Park 2:00 p.m. @ Carey 2:00 p.m. Sewanhaka 2:00 p.m. October @ Garden City 3:00 p.m. @ V.S. Central 2:00 p.m. Calhoun 2:00 p.m. Manhasset 2:00 p.m. Photos by John Heckman

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Freeport Red Devils’ focus is week by week By JOSEPH KELLARD

pounds. Warren may once run around you or run over you.” again see time at defensive As a 195-pound secondend. stringer last year, Warren produced reeport enters the 2018 The linebackers enough from the backfield to show season as the top seed in and secondary are the he could start, and Lescouflair has Conference I and primed game-changing speed and standout strengths of the 4-3 for a third consecutive trip to defense. Cruz and Smikle abilities as a receiver, assets that the county finals after falling to helped land him an offer from Army. will start as outside Oceanside in the title game last linebackers and Jinks The sure-handed Lescouflair November. is slated to start at inside receiver, will shift from defenLongtime head coach Russ sive end to middle lining up once again alongside Cellan’s recipe for success, though, fellow senior Jordan Jackson, who linebacker. Lescouflair is to never let his teams look too will return at safety, will run patterns from the outside far ahead. and, at six feet tall, can go up and where senior Tai“You’ve just got to have lique Jackson could snatch the ball. more points than the other team also play. Allen can If Allen doesn’t make the every week; that’s what we look start as a safety or cut at running back, he’ll join to do,” he said. “All we do is play cornerback, and Jordan Jackson Lescouflair and Jackson in testing the game that week and that’s it. opposing secondaries. At 6-foot-2 has tremendous abilities as a You concentrate on anything else, and 195 pounds, junior Arnold corner, Cellan said. Edmonds could you’re going to slip.” Cruz is also in the mix to catch Junior Terrance Edmond will passes from Edmond. return as the starting quarterback The offensive line was all and command Cellan’s shotgun but solidified at camp. With spread offense. A former receiver, standout offensive lineman Edmond converted to calling sigRobert Fitzsimmons headed nals last year and his throwing arm to West Point this fall, senior and legs proved a challenge to tackle Gerard Smikle, an Allopposing defenses. County Honorable Mention “Terrance has got experience; last season, and two-year he doesn’t play like a junior,” starting center senior Jaden Cellan said. “He can run; he can Richardson will anchor the throw. He was good last year, had unit. Junior Makhai Jinks will a great offseason and he’s going man the other tackle spot, to be good this year.” and 265-pound junior Myles At summer training camp, Norris will assume one of the Cellan was unsure who could guard positions. The other JORDAN JACKSON fill the cleats of his explosive guard spot was still up for senior running back tandem of grabs at the end of August. 2017, Aaje Grayson and Greg also be a factor at that spot. Position battles unfolded Pimentel. Among those contendCellan has a new assistant during camp on the defensive line, ing for offensive backfield spots coach in Andrew Kroell, who where Norris is the only returner. are sophomore Jayvian Allen and transferred from Fort Hamilton “We have a fairly big pool seniors Ja’Juan Warren and Justin High School in Brooklyn. of linemen,” Cellan said. “We’re Lescouflair. The Red Devils will be not sure about the other positions Allen demonstrated last seatested out of the gate when yet. There are guys competing for son he can run with smashmouth- spots.” they open the season at No. 3 style aggressiveness and catch the Farmingdale under the lights on Among them are junior ball. “Jayvian has great hands and Josh Grubbs, sophomore Jaiden Sept. 7. he’s a real problem in the open “We’re going to find out Jackson, junior Tristan Sabb and field,” Cellan said. “He’s a tough right away if we’re really that sophomore Victoine Brown, who kid, too. He’s not big—only about are all at least six feet tall and good,” Cellan said about the 160 to 170 pounds—but he can matchup. weigh between 210 and 280

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Gerard Smikle

Freeport will host Oceanside in a county finals rematch in Week 3. Homecoming against East Meadow is scheduled for Oct. 13.

JUSTIN LESCOUFLAIR

Schedule 7 14 21 29 5 13 20 27

September @ Farmingdale 6:30 p.m. Baldwin 6:00 p.m. Oceanside 6:00 p.m. @ Hempstead 2:00 p.m. October Massapequa 6:00 p.m. East Meadow 2:00 p.m. @ Syosset 2:00 p.m. @ Uniondale 2:00 p.m. Photos by Ron Manfredi

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Hewlett Stiffer competition awaits Bulldogs By TONY BELLISSIMO

provide blocking help and serve as tackler with a nose for the ball, had two targets in the passing game. The O-line is an area of concern, interceptions a year ago and brings additional experience to a Palladino said, but has stability ewlett achieved modest secondary likely to be minus Weiss. goals in its first year under at the guard spots with senior “I like the idea of the quarterback head coach John Palladino, Khamar Narcisse on the left side talking to the offensive coordinator who guided the Bulldogs to a split and senior Mike Almonte on the and getting a breather while our of their regular-season schedule to right. The coach described the defense is on the field,” Palladino 6-foot-1, 220-pound Narcisse as earn a trip to the Nassau Confernoted. Junior Niam Lynch, up from the strongest kid on the roster ence III playoffs for the first time and he brings a tremendous work JV, will contribute at safety. since 2014. The linebacker corps is led by ethic and toughness. Almonte is a “Our numbers really increased returning starters Rovner and from about 25 to over 40, and we premier run blocker and the only junior Shawn Geotina. Both are returning lineman who started went from the preseason No. 10 reliable playmakers who’ll be seed to finishing eighth,” Palladino all nine games a year ago. Senior counted upon to improve the said. “We took some positive steps Frank Churra has the inside unit’s performance against the track to the center job, thanks to and now we’re getting ready for run. Narcisse and Rubinoff are countless summer reps. Junior a bigger challenge as the seventh expected to do the same in the Matt Rubinoff, up from JV, could seed. We play four of the top five land one of the two vacated tackle trenches. seeds, so it’s going to be a tough spots. road.” Senior Matt Weiss is the Hewlett will open under the lights at South Side, followed by a new quarterback after serving as last year’s backup and a trip to second-seeded Roosevelt. starting cornerback. He was Homecoming is Week 3 against the JV starting signal-caller Glen Cove, and defending county in 2016 and enjoyed a good champion and cross-town rival deal of success after being Lawrence visits for a Friday night coverted to the position. showdown to round out the first “Matt runs well and is a fierce half of the schedule. The stretch competitor,” Palladino said. run includes matchups with conSenior wideout Jayden tenders Plainedge and Wantagh. Palladino, who previously served Francis, an All-County track athlete, provides the Bulldogs as the team’s defensive coordinawith speed on the perimeter tor for 15 years, has depth at the and on kick returns. He’ll likely skill positions on both sides of serve as Weiss’ main target in the ball but concerns about the MATT WEISS the air attack. offensive front after learning two Palladino’s defense is of four projected starters are no undergoing change, from a 4-3 longer part of the program. On special teams, the Bullbase to a 3-5. “We played well The Bulldogs are building dogs lost a key weapon with the defensively in spurts last year,” around standout running back graduation of punter/kicker Alex he said. “We want to be better Vincent Morello, who enjoyed a against the run. Most of the teams Vadaro. Palladino said he was huge junior campaign with 1,100 planning to dedicate chunks of yards and 16 touchdowns. He was we’re facing have strong running practice time to find a replacegames.” Honorable Mention All-County. ment leg or two. Max May could May, an All-County lacrosse “He’s athletic and fast with good hands, and he’s elusive in the open goalie, will draw the most difficult handle the punting, while his younger brother, junior Ryan assignment in the secondary field,” Palladino said of Morello, May, topped the depth chart at who is likely to start in the second- from a corner spot. “He’s just an excellent athlete who makes things kicker midway through camp. ary on defense and return punts. Seniors Max May and Sam Rovner happen,” Palladino said. Senior Matt Kadosh, a strong open-field will contribute as H-backs and

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Khamar Narcisse

VINCENT MORELLO

Schedule 7 15 22 28 6 13 19 26

September @ South Side 6:00 p.m. @ Roosevelt 2:00 p.m. Glen Cove 2:00 p.m. Lawrence 6:00 p.m. October @ Plainedge 4:45 p.m. @ North Shore 2:00 p.m. Wantagh 6:00 p.m. Division 6:00 p.m. Photos by John Heckman

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Kennedy Cougars counting on leadership of seniors By BRIAN KACHARABA

rehands,” McGuire said. “He’s going his H-back to have a significant more amount sponsibilities on offense, of responsibility of how the offense 6-foot-2 senior Marco Travaglione will join Shuitt as is going to flow.” ith a new head coach the team’s linebackers and Pitti Senior Jordan Pitti returns and a senior-laden roster, will be a linebacker/defensive as the feature back. He can be the Cougars are hoping back hybrid. depended on to run the ball, as to continue their upward trend Senior Tommy evidenced by his 130-yard effort and reach the playoffs for a third against Valley Stream Central, and Tiongson, considered straight season. by McGuire to be the throw the key block as well. They rebounded from a fastest player on the “He’s what you love as a four-game losing streak to reach team, and junior Jason the postseason following wins over coach,” McGuire said. “He’s a Small, who spent last three-down back, he’s got great Jericho and Valley Stream Central, season with the junior hands and a smart kid.” the latter on a field goal with 6 varsity team, will start at The receiving corps took a seconds left that clinched their third straight regular season with a .500 major hit during offseason workouts cornerback and the lone mark or better. Former offensive and when senior Jake Fuller tore his ACL, sophomore JV call-up, Justin Rosenfeld, will defensive line coach John McGuire sidelining him for the season. The provide support at safety. Cougars will instead go with their has now been tabbed to maintain “He’s a nice little senior “Zach Attack” in Schuit and that high level of play after taking Rosenfeld. Schuit dedicated over for Tom Durnin, who helped turn the program around in his four himself to the offseason training program and, according seasons at the helm. to McGuire, is “bigger, faster, McGuire credited Durnin for being a “big-time mentor” during stronger,” while Rosenfeld was lauded for his intelligence and his time as an assistant and is route running. eager to embrace the challenge “[Schuit] is a guy who that awaits him. should be breaking first tack“It’s big shoes to fill,” les and getting some hard-toMcGuire said. “He turned around get yardage for us,” McGuire a program that’s traditionally not added. “Zachary Rosenfeld is a winner to having back-to-back just a smooth route runner. playoff appearances. We’re not He’s a smart football player, really changing too much, we’re just building on the foundation he good football IQ and [has] solid hands.” already set up here.” The offensive line was The only minor change MAtt JONes hit hard during the offseason McGuire said he plans to make with graduating seniors and is tweaking the offense to make the current group lacks starting it more balanced with a higher athlete,” McGuire said. experience, but McGuire said the percentage of passing plays and The ultra-competitive unit is “jelling well” during the an up-tempo style. first week of practices. Senior Kevin Conference II poses a tough Senior Matt Jones took over schedule for Kennedy as it faces as the starting quarterback last year Ziminski will start at center, with highly-ranked Calhoun, two-time junior John Ohanian and senior and will be back under center this defending champion Garden fall, continuing the family tradition of Nicholas Comunale manning the City and MacArthur in three of tackle spots. His brother Anthony having impact players on the team. the first four games. Comunale is one of the guards. Jones threw for over 200 yards in “We’re going to have to McGuire will run a 4-2-5 wins over Sewanhaka and Valley beat some traditionally winning Stream Central and finished with 10 defense, with junior Dan Dasaro programs,” McGuire said. anchoring the line at tackle and touchdown tosses on the season. “There’s no soft teams any Dean Tsolkas expected to make “I’m putting a little more week.” an impact at end. In addition to ownership of the offense in his

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Marco Travaglione

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continue to create havoc another 982. “Christian is a on defense. Lawrence is proven double threat and not too many teams can say they’ve got a switching to a four-man front awrence returned to the top returning All-County quarterback,” and could use newcomers Khazae Morgan and Devin Martillotti said. “I’m hoping with of Nassau Conference III in Edwards at the end spots. Morgan, our downfield attack he won’t 2017, winning 10 games a senior, was in the program for have to scramble as much.” and capturing its fifth county two years but didn’t play in 2017, Alexander, who was Honorchampionship in seven years. while Edwards, a junior, is up from able Mention All-County, will play However, it was a disappointing JV. Washington, Moya and Manara a hybrid role in the offense. He’s end for the Golden Tornadoes, will be part of the rotation at who sputtered in the L.I. title game a key part of a dynamic receiver tackle alongside Johnson. corps that includes seniors Norell against Westhampton. At linebacker, Duran is a Folawiyo and Keaton Goldsby “Winning the county was downhill hitter who plays with and will also see some carries out a great accomplishment, but for tenacity. He’ll start in the middle. some reason we couldn’t get over of the backfield with sophomore Senior Nick Pasquiarello is a rethe jubilation of beating Wantagh Andres Duran. “Jordan’s big, turning starter on the outside and strong and fast,” Martillotti said and didn’t play well against does a lot of things well. The of Alexander. “He’s made some Westhampton,” head coach Joe Martillotti said. “Our goal is always jaw-dropping catches in practice.” other outside spot is likely to be determined by a scrimmage Folawiyo, who missed most to win the whole thing and this against Oceanside. The secondary of last season with an injury, can year I think we’re staring at the be a matchup nightmare. He’s kind of opener that will set the 6-foot-4, 215 pounds with a tone for the entire season.” Seeded No. 1 in the 14-team long stride and reliable hands. Goldsby is a scat-back type conference, Lawrence opens at who added a few inches and Wantagh in a rematch of last year’s county championship game improved speed during the summer. that came down to the wire. The Martillotti has high Golden Tornadoes went ahead to expectations for the offensive stay in the 21-10 win late in the third quarter on then-junior corner- front, which returns three full-time starters led by senior back Jordan Alexander’s 31-yard left tackle Jeavon Johnson, an return for a touchdown. All-County selection. Johnson, “I’m really putting a big ema four-year starter on the phasis on the opener,” Martillotti defensive line, is 6-2, 295 noted. “There’s no relief in our pounds and has the ability schedule and we’re starting and Christian FrederiCks to dominate. Senior Elijah finishing on the road against the previous two county champions in Washington is a rock-solid center entering his third year as Wantagh and Plainedge.” a starter, while senior Justin Moya mirrors the receiver group. AlThe Golden Tornadoes play exander is the team’s top cover returns at right tackle. Part of the their home opener in Week 2 corner. Folawiyo will play strong coach’s excitement for the group against Lynbrook and also host safety, with Goldsby lining up at is due to the transformation of Bethpage, Roosevelt and Valley cornerback or free safety. Stream North in Weeks 3, 5 and 6, junior guard David Manara, who On special teams, senior worked as hard as anyone during respectively. the offseason and came into camp kicker Danny Reyes is more than Senior All-County quarterin outstanding shape. Senior Deion a reliable leg. He didn’t miss an back Christian Fredericks (12 Brown and sophomore Yuri Marti- extra point last year until the rushing touchdowns, 13 passing finale. Fredericks handles punts nez are also in the mix at guard. scores) returns to lead an offense and leads the return units with Johnson, who can clog with potential for fireworks. He Alexander and Goldsby. running lanes and bull-rush the completed 81 of 105 attempts quarterback, will be counted on to for 1,500 yards and rushed for

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Long Bea BeaChh Marines hope destination will be playoffs By TONY BELLISSIMO

sacks) is a disruptive “He has outstanding hands and force on the edge and leaping ability,” Martin said. Goins brings experience Seniors Zahmel Goins and and playmaking ability on the Gerard Burns are first-year receivoming off a trip to the Nasother side. Ramirez returns at nose sau Conference II semifinals ers expected to make a serious impact, along with senior returnee tackle. Juniors Jacob Cochrane and on the turf at Hofstra in Christian Yulfo will also contribute. 2016, the Marines fell just short of Tyree Ferguson, according to If White gets the quarterback qualifying for last year’s playoffs in Martin. Goins (6-4) played mostly nod, he probably won’t see the their first season in Conference I in defensive end a year ago, while field on defense, Martin said. That Burns (6-3) is a standout basketmore than a decade. would lead to a starting linebacker ball player bringing his speed and A narrow defeat at East athleticism to the gridiron. Another group of Tyler Ferguson, Trey SoMeadow in the regular-season field and Henry. In the secondary, newcomer the coach is pumped finale left Long Beach with a 3-5 Stephens Jr. and Tyree Ferguson about, junior Hayden Henry, will mark and one spot away from start at tight end. “He’s a beast in (38 tackles) return at safety, and a postseason berth. Ranked No. the weight room and we’ll use him sophomore Ryan Buonocore is a 10 this season, head coach Scott returning starter at cornerback. at tight end and fullback,” Martin Martin believes the Marines have Burns will get a long look to noted. enough talent to work their way When it comes to the ground contribute at safety, while junior into the top eight and get back to Shaquan Johnson and sophomore attack, senior Tyler Ferguson and playoff football. Ismael Maldonado add to the “We had a positive offseason junior Trey Sofield are likely to handle nearly all of the workand added a few top athletes we weren’t expecting to play,” Martin load. Ferguson led last year’s defense in tackles with 46 said. “We switched our summer and also scored on that side workouts to mornings and had a of the ball to go with his nice turnout. We’ll be looking to three rushing touchdowns. upset a team or two ahead of us “Whether he’s on defense or and make the playoffs.” running the ball, Tyler loves For a third straight season, contact,” Martin said. “He’s Long Beach’s offense will feature strong and explosive, and a new starting quarterback. And there’s a strong chance both candi- he’s able to catch the ball so we can use him on screens.” dates — juniors Aiden White and Greg Sofield — will be called upon Sofield saw significant time as to make things happen. White was a sophomore and is slated to be another two-way starter. the JV starting quarterback two Up front, senior right years ago and a starting linebacker ALEX RAMIREZ tackle Luca Salerno anchors on the varsity defense in 2017. the offensive line. He’s a “He’s got a strong arm and good four-year member of the varsity size,” Martin said. “He just needs and a returning starter. Senior Alex young talent at corner. the experience.” Sofield was last Long Beach is sure to Martinez also returns but moves to year’s JV signal-caller and posted be tested out of the gate by left tackle after a season at right some big numbers in the passing guard. Senior Neil McCarthy knows second-seeded Massapequa, game. “I can see them both playing during the year…maybe even the system well and appears ready which visits Sept. 8. Homecoming takes place in Week 5 on a to handle the center spot, and a the same game,” he added. Friday night against Westbury. trio of juniors —Dylan Rutherig, Senior wideout Marquis Additional home games are Stephens Jr. is a proven threat and John Schaeffer and newcomer Jananda Hamilton-Ordona — form against East Meadow and go-to guy in what Martin hopes Baldwin. a promising group of guards. will be a balanced offense. The On the defensive side, the 6-foot sure-handed Stephens Jr. Marines are switching from a 4-3 had seven touchdown receptions alignment to a 3-5. Salerno (three and over 400 yards last season.

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Lynbrook Experienced defensive core to ignite Owls By TONY BELLISSIMO

three-pronged attack led by senior comprise the rotation. Camilo and Ficarra Jonathan Cabral-Martin, who are stepping into stood out in numerous games a year ago. Senior James Gillespie is bigger roles ynbrook returned to the no stranger to the end zone, while after serving as Nassau Conference III varsity reserves Ethan Hoyte, the lone sophomore playoffs last season thanks last season. The on the roster, has a bright future. to successful results at home, secondary is a Senior Mason Pontrelli leads winning three of four while playlittle thin on the receiver corps and brings a ing eventual county champion combination of speed and reliable experience Lawrence tough before falling by hands. Senior Stephen Cerbelli had but has three scores. looked a strong offseason, LoCicero said, The Owls, however, were solid in winless in five road tries including and will contribute. Junior Jack camp, Rogers, up from JV, has potential a first-round playoff defeat at Roosevelt. It was their 12th playoff for dynamics, and junior Cameron with berth in 13 years, and head coach Fabel is also in the mix. Senior tight junior Daniel end Joe DeMonte will get some Steve LoCicero believes the 2018 Dalrymple opener against Valley Stream North looks in the passing game and is slotting also a quality blocker. will have playoff implications. The offensive front has experi- in at free safety and seniors Jake “We played everyone tough, ence and athleticism, LoCicero but there were some games we wore down in the fourth quarter,” said. Senior James Murray anchors the group at center LoCicero said. “We had a great matchup with Valley Stream North after starting every game in 2017. Senior Henry Quilca will last year and I think we’re going be at right guard, while senior to be involved in one of the best Kyle Serro and junior Michael openers in the county.” Urena are vying for the nod at Lynbrook, seeded No. 8 in the 14-team conference, is turning left guard. Senior Jack Dorney is solid at left tackle, and to senior Johnny DiBenedetto at senior Anthony Andrews and quarterback. “He’s a smart player with leadership skills and a tough, junior Jassjeet Singh will work at right tackle. hard-nosed kid,” LoCicero said. If more close games are “He’s a dual threat and I think in store for 2018, the Owls he’ll do a great job. We’re trying will look to senior kicker Sal to be as balanced as we can ofJONATHAN CABRAL-MARTIN Cimato to make a differfensively.” Senior Andrew Abrams ence in his first year with the is a 6-foot-3 pocket passer with program. a strong arm and could be called LoCicero has high hopes for a DiBenedetto, David Fredrick and upon in certain situations. Projected starting quarterback defense with a bunch of returnees, Danny Martinez at cornerback. “I’m confident the defense senior Jack Fagen is highly unlikely including a deep set of linebackwill keep us in games,” LoCicero ers that’ll benefit greatly by the to play in 2018 after suffering his return of senior Dominick Barbuto noted. “The work ethic is there. second ACL injury last spring on I think we have the markings of the lacrosse field. His first came on (knee) in late September. “He’s a solid team with great excitethe gridiron in Week 3 last fall and a game-changer,” LoCicero said. ment.” Seniors Colin Kelly, Tyler Heaney, the Owls used a system by comLynbrook hosts Valley Cabral-Martin, DiBenedetto and mittee thereafter. “It’s a big loss Stream South for Homecoming for us athletically and in the locker Serro give the Owls a long list of in Week 3. room,” LoCicero said. “Jack’s been playmakers in the 3-5 scheme. In the defensive trenches, around the team every day and is Singh joins seniors Jordan Camilo, an inspiration to everyone.” Dan Ficarra and Griffin Kirby to The backfield will be a

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James Murray

JOHNNY DIBENEDETTO

Schedule 8 15 22 27 6 13 20 27

September V.S. North 2:00 p.m. @ Lawrence 2:00 p.m. V.S. South 2:00 p.m. @ South Side 5:00 p.m. October Bethpage 6:15 p.m. @ Floral Park 2:00 p.m. @ Roosevelt 2:00 p.m. North Shore 2:00 p.m. Photos by Keith O’Reilly

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MacArthur M Rebuilt Generals still eyeing playoff spot By ANDREW COEN

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espite facing an injuryplagued 2017 season, MacArthur still nearly reached the county semifinals at Hofstra. The Generals will now look to march toward a postseason run with an almost entire new starting lineup. While MacArthur only returns three starters, injuries thrust many of the younger players into battle during a 5-4 season that ended with a 26-19 loss to Calhoun in the first round of the Conference II playoffs. “We had a lot of injuries last year, but the silver lining was some returners this year got some extra experience,” said longtime head coach Bobby Fehrenbach. “I still expect a lot of growing pains.” Junior receiver Hugh Kelleher returns after earning a varsity starting spot as just a sophomore. Kelleher also shined as a defensive back and registered 12 tackles in a 28-21 win against Valley Stream Central. Junior Sean Tierney earned varsity experience at guard and will be counted on to anchor the Generals offensive line this fall. Tierney will also be at heart of the MacArthur defense at a tackle spot. “On a team filled with a lot of seniors they stepped up right away from day one,” Fehrenbach said of Kelleher and Tierney. “They can play.” Senior Mike Langelotti received time at linebacker last year and is slated to also contribute on offense this season at running back. Fellow senior Kevin O’Shea received playing time at guard as a junior and should be a key part of the offensive line unit. Fehrenbach is hoping for a big season out of junior linebacker Dan Calderon, who broke his foot in the first game last year and missed

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weight training sessions that he the entire fall until MacArthur’s hopes pays dividends in building playoff game against Calhoun. strong team. He has striven in his Calderon can also be an asset on nearly two decades as head coach the offensive side of the ball either to build a winning culture with at running back or wide receiver. “He’s an athletic kid,” Fehren- strong character on and off the bach said of Calderon. “He got his field. The Generals are seeded feet wet last year.” MacArthur entered preseason fifth in a challenging Conference II behind defending champion practice with the starting quarterback spot up in the air. Senior Matt Garden City, Carey, Calhoun and Mepham. After opening up against Cummings was varsity backup Manhasset and Sewanhaka, two last year to departed starter Kyle teams seeded at the bottom, Acquavella and received a few MacArthur will travel to North snaps at end of games. Junior Merrick for a rematch of last year’s Joe Manfredo was a junior varsity playoff loss to Calhoun. MacArMacAr quarterback last year and is also thur closes the regular season at capable of taking the General home against two-time defending signal caller reigns. champion Garden City. While MacArthur brings very Fehrenbach is hoping his few returnees back, the Generals will have familiar faces on the sideline with Fehrenbach bringing back his entire coaching staff in Tommy Bobal, Steve Fazzolari, Paul Ryan and Bill Farney. Bobal has been with Fehrenbach since his first season lading the MacArthur program in 1999 and Fazzolari joined the staff 11 years ago. “We all teach in the building so the kids see us every day throughout the school year,” said Fehrenbach of his longtime coaches. ”That is so important because we build SEAN TIERNEY relationships with them not only as players but as people.” Fehrenbach said former team will make enough strides Generals standout Ryan Cunningham has also been a valuable throughout the regular season asset on the sideline as a volunteer to make the playoffs with a decent seed. Winning Conference II assistant coach. Cunningham has will be a challenge, but if MacArdevoted time to his alma mater thur’s many newcomers emerge while also attending college at they could be in contention for a nearby Adelphi. Fehrenbach, who has guided deep November run. “We’re almost starting the Generals to two county tiles, said the returning players displayed from scratch,” he said. “It will be interesting to see how it all strong leadership in the offunfolds.” season leading conditioning and HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Dan Calderon

HUGH KELLEHER

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September @ Manhasset 7:00 p.m. Sewanhaka 7:00 p.m. @ Calhoun 7:00 p.m. Kennedy 3:00 p.m. October Carey 7:00 p.m. @ Herricks 2:00 p.m. @ Mepham 2:00 p.m. Garden City 7:00 p.m. Photos by Keith O’Reilly

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2018 HERALD High School Football Preview

Malverne Mules look to extend playoff streak, reach semis By TONY BELLISSIMO

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alverne’s playoff streak in Nassau Conference IV stands at three consecutive years, but the Mules are itching to get beyond the first round and reaching the semifinals on the turf at Hofstra. As the No. 5 preseason seed and with depth at all the skill positions, head coach Kito Lockwood is optimistic this will be the year Malverne takes another step forward. “We’ve got experience, good speed and depth in some key areas,” Lockwood said. “I think the seeds are pretty accurate. We definitely have a tough schedule, playing all four teams seeded ahead of us.” The Mules, 3-6 overall last season, open at home against Mineola. “The system they use us very effective, so we have to be ready,” Lockwood noted. Additional home games are against Jericho, Carle Place and two-time defending county champion Seaford. First comes New Hyde Park in a scrimmage that could determine Malverne’s starting quarterback. Juniors Salek Butler and Jalen Brown, along with senior newcomer Messiah Gordon are all in the mix. Butler, a full-time defensive back a year ago, saw action in a few games under center. “He’s a dual threat and can be a game-changer,” Lockwood said. Brown was the JV starter and brings a strong set of mechanics, while Gordon played quarterback at Baldwin and faced the Mules during 7-on-7 summer drills. Only two starters return to the offensive front, though Lockwood said he was encouraged by the group’s performance during the offseason and early in camp. Seniors Mason Richard and Malachi TO ADVERTISE CALL 516-569-4000

guys in the trenches in the Thomas are three-year starters Mules’ base 3-man front. at center and tackle, respectively. Richard, a linebacker, is the There’s a chance Richard moves captain of the unit and its best to guard if sophomore Gerardo Delligatti, the JV center last season, pure tackler. “Mason is undersized, but he plays with a heart of steel,” proves ready for prime time. Seniors Nashon Bryant, Justin Berry Lockwood said. “He’s always held and Kevin Molina are stepping into his own against bigger kids.” Senior Christian Degand is a bigbigger roles. hitting linebacker and a magnet Lockwood, a standout running back for the Mules back in the day, to the ball, while senior Randoph Meristil, who missed nearly all of is expecting a breakout year from last season with a foot injury, will junior Rashad Teachey. “He was pressed into quarterback duty and be asked to handle a lot of the dirty work by taking on lead blockwas adjusting to the speed of the varsity game,” Lockwood said. “He ers. In the secondary, Ishmael is worked hard over the summer and goes back to his natural position.” the ringleader at free safety. “He Senior kick return specialist Khevon has great instincts,” Lockwood explained. Senior Jaheim Flood Pinnock (two touchdowns on special teams last season) and junior Ramel Smith will also contribute to the backfield. Senior Donovan Ishmael could also get some handoffs to go along with serving as the top wideout. He was Honorable Mention All-County in 2017 as a two-way starter and is striving to earn AllCounty honors this fall. “He knows what to do with the ball when it’s in his hands,” Lockwood said. “He has breakaway speed.” Up from JV, junior Louis Ridley and sophomore Michael Warren DONOVAN IshmAel are additional receiving threats, as is senior Jason White and senior tight end has experience at safety, and Jovani Duran. Duran, an All-County selection, the cornerback combination of Butler and Teachey could create and Richard, are the defensive headaches for opposing receivcatalysts. Duran is a high-motor edge rusher with tremendous run- ers. “I think we’re going to be stuffing ability, Lockwood said. He a lot better on defense, and will also serve as the punter and I feel we’ll be able to score,” kicker. “Jovani is a great athlete and has one of the highest football Lockwood said. “We just have to do it consistently.” IQs,” the coach said. “He’s a key factor on both sides of the ball.” The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Duran, Bryant and Delligatti will be the HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Jovani Duran

mAsON RIchARD

Schedule 8 15 22 29 5 12 20 26

September Mineola 2:00 p.m. @ Clarke 2:00 p.m. Jericho 2:00 p.m. @ Locust Valley 1:00 p.m. October Carle Place 7:00 p.m. @ C.S. Harbor 7:00 p.m. @ Great Neck 2:00 p.m. Seaford 7:00 p.m. Photos by sue Grieco

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Mepha MephaM Promising Pirates can build off success By DAVID WEINGRAD

Cracco would be a mistake – first protecting the quarterback but also establishing the screen game. it must get through visiting Elmont in the opener on Sept. 8, a team Rounding out the line on the left that handed Mepham its first loss side are senior Marco Baez and resh off its first conference junior Ryan Hegi, with senior Sean last season, and eliminated the championship berth in 24 Pirates from the playoffs in 2016. Morris up the middle. “It’s one years, Mepham is still riding “Our kids’ focus has been laser of the bigger lines I’ve ever had,’ high as it wraps up camp with sharp getting ready for Elmont,” the coach said. “They’re really the hopes of repeating last year’s Cracco said. athletic.” success. Another key matchup is And while Mepham’s offense “Things happened the way crosstown rival and third-ranked has been a major asset in recent you need them to happen,” said Calhoun on the road Oct. 6. years, Cracco said it’s his defense head coach Anthony Cracco, And while fond memories that has him most excited as they reflecting on last year’s season head into the season, led by junior persist from last year’s postseason and the winning culture that has run, Cracco said his team is ready cultivated within the program over inside linebacker Matt Hegi and to turn the page and get straight senior Rudy Figueroa. Another the last few seasons. “The kids defensive weapon is strong safety to business. “It was a great ride bought in.” And while the team lost some Anthony Novello, a flexible defend- and good for the school,” he said. major pieces to graduation, includ- er who can play in the box as well “We want to continue to build upon last year as a program and as one-on-one. Senior Anthony ing its star quarterback Michael Paolillo will start at free safety. Proios, All-County wide receiver Several players are dukKevin McCleneghan, All-County ing it out at the wide receiver lineman Mike Osorio and key and running back positions, members of its backfield, Cracco all of whom, Cracco said, said the momentum has not only have strong ability. Senior kept his team hungry heading playmaker Anthony Paolino is into this season, but also allowed a solid slot receiver and startyounger players to mature at a pace faster than one might expect. ing cornerback. At running back in particular, Cracco said, “There’s been a carry-over he’s rotating a group of five effect,” Cracco said. “Even the young guys are acting like they’ve for now, most notably juniors Kenny Franquiz and Kevin Kabeen there before.” zokas, and senior Alex Mroz. Mepham, ranked fourth in Battling it out at quarterConference II, defeated Carey, 3313, last November to clinch its first back are junior Sean White, sophomore Billy Kender spot in the finals since 1993, but ANTHONY NOVELLO and freshman Aidan Amato. was stymied in the championship game by powerhouse Garden City, Whoever gets the job, Cracco said, will be asked to hit the 33-0. continue to get better. And while numerous position ground running. “All have really “Obviously we are going good tools and are good workers,” battles are still ongoing as camp bring some younger kids along, he said. “And we’re going to ask nears its end, Cracco spoke optiand we’ve got to get them to mistically about his team’s chances even more than ever from our play at a higher level,” Cracco to replicate last year’s success, led quarterback this year, basically to by an extremely talented offensive be a point guard to get the ball to continued. “When you lose a dynamic quarterback, there’s a line comprised of mostly returning our playmakers.” Looking at Mepham’s sched- lot of production to account for. players. We believe we are a complete Fortified by two seniors on the ule, it’s hard for your eyes to not football team.” right side, John Aliberti and Connor dart straight to its second game, on Sept. 15, at Garden City for a Molloy, Cracco said the front five championship rematch. But focuswill be among the team’s greating too heavily on that game, said est strengths, adept at not only

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Anthony Paolino

JOHN ALIBERTI

Schedule September Elmont 2:00 p.m. @ Garden City 2:00 p.m. @ New Hyde Park 2:00 p.m. V.S. Central 7:30 p.m. October 6 @ Calhoun 3:00 p.m. 13 Manhasset 2:00 p.m. 20 MacArthur 2:00 p.m. 27 @ Carey 2:00 p.m. 8 15 22 28

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Oceanside Changes for Sailors after magical season By GARRETT D. URIBE

defensively, along was second with 14 touchdown with Mannone,” receptions. The Sailors’ 6-foot-2 captain – a second team all-metro Blount said. “We count on them to get honoree – also starts a third year ceanside cut a recordus in good position.” at cornerback and takes on the breaking swath through Joining Lazzaro in Oceansmantle of team elder. Conference I last autumn, “With all the players we gradu- ide’s secondary are Natoli at outscoring its Nassau foes at close corner, James at free safety, and to a 3-to-1 clip (395-142), dispens- ated we’ve been a little lacking in leadership,” Blount said. “But Jake Cascio at strong safety. The Sailors’ ing with Freeport 17-0 in the county title game at Hofstra before has stepped up in that role. He’s the 3-4 package features a trio of first-year starters up front, best receiver on Long Island and Lindenhurst, the following week, with junior Jared Gonzales he’ll be big for us this year.” managed to make a stand, handthe tackle, and seniors ConAlijah James, a three-year ing the Sailors (11-1) their first and nor Calkin and Joseph Tafuri only loss, 40-23, in the Long Island starting senior, is Oceanside’s workhorse at tailback, with senior the edge rushers. Class I championship game. A minority of Oceanside’s Chris Cascio a first-year starter at The county crown was fullback. “Alijah will get the major- starters are returners, which Oceanside’s first in 40 years, and accounts largely for the drop ity of carries for us,” Blount said. the Sailors’ 11 wins were the most “We’ll funnel much of our offense from first to fourth seed, and less in a season in program history. This than half the skill corps remains through him and Lazzaro.” year’s campaign figures to be an Senior John Natoli, a historic one as well, as the Sailors – seeded fourth in Conference I – aim two-year starter, returns at to set a school precedent starting a wideout, with sophomore Thomas Flavin and junior ninth-grader at quarterback. Nick Platia – each a firstCharlie McKee, a 6-foot, 195-pound freshman, is the Sailors’ year starter – rounding out Oceanside’s pass-catching new signal-caller, replacing Thorp corps. “John Natoli does a Award-winning quarterback Tommy Heuer – now the backup at great job with the vertical Cortland State College – who tied a stretch,” Blount said. “He’s a Nassau record with 38 touchdown key to our passing game.” A pair of key pieces from passes last season and led in all last year’s juggernaut remain other major QB categories. on Oceanside’s offensive line: Tenth-year head coach Rob Junior KC Carlson returns at Blount, whose club graduated center, along with fellow twoseven All-State players, feels the year starter Edward Mannone, precocious underclassman shows EDDiE MannonE every sign of rising to the occasion. a senior and team co-captain, at left tackle. Juniors Jay Jack“Charlie has earned the respect son, Matthew Brooks, and Joof the older players, and already seph Ruggeri are first-year starters from last season’s high-octane carries himself like a three-year varsity guy,” Blount said. “We really at left guard, right guard, and right offense. With the stated goal of an encore trip to the county title believe Charlie could wind up being tackle respectively. “KC Carlson’s been big for us in the past and we game this November, Blount is the best to ever walk through this expect the same this year,” Blount singularly unalarmed by such a place. Obviously, Heuer is hard to replace. But in time, Charlie has the said. “Eddie Mannone gets things state of affairs. “Turnover happens in high going for us. He’s a leader on both tools and the intangibles to do it.” school football,” said Blount, who sides of the ball.” McKee will have the best of has reached the semifinals six Mannone and Ruggeri are help growing into such sizable Oceanside’s first-string inside line- times in his tenure at Oceanside. shoes in first team all-state wideout Jake Lazzaro, a three-year backers, with second-year starting “We prepared for it. Our goal seniors Leo Alvarez and Liam Artus is always to make it to Hofstra. starting senior who led Nassau Anything else is unacceptable.” outside. “Leo sets the tone for us with 1,067 yards receiving and

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Schedule 7 15 21 29 6 12 20 27

September @ Westbury 5:30 p.m. Uniondale 2:00 p.m. @ Freeport 6:00 p.m. Long Beach 2:00 p.m. October @ Baldwin 3:00 p.m. Farmingdale 6:00 p.m. @ East Meadow 2:00 p.m. Massapequa 2:00 p.m. Photos by Jeff Wilson

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SeafOrd Seaf Vikings fresh off L.I. championship By ANDREW COEN

put on around 20 to spring. 25 pounds of muscle in “He can play any position the offseason. on the field,” said Perpall of Senior Sean Kelley is expected n the heels of the program’s Butler. “He is totally unselfish.” to play a major role on the ofSenior lineman Paul Scaccia first Long Island title since fensive and defensive line after will anchor both the offensive 2009, longtime Seaserving in a backup role last and defensive lines with his 6-3 ford head coach Rob Perpall is 270-pound frame. He will serve as year behind a veteran group. Junior excited to begin another run at captain along with junior lineman Tim Russell should plug holes for capturing a championship moNick Brandi, Angelastro and Butler. Seaford’s potent running game as ment. a pulling guard and be in center “Now it’s time for the next The Vikings captured the Long of the defense as inside linebacker. group to step up like last year’s Island Class IV crown with six Junior Joe Cain will also have a group did,” said Perpall of his straight wins that culminated in a role in Seaford’s blocking schemes team’s 2018 leaders. “They want 29-27 victory against Miller Place either at tight end or center. to get the ring.” the day after Thanksgiving. The “He is a tough kid,” said Junior quarterback Logan playoff journey featured a dramatic 14-12 first-round triumph against Masters returns under center after Perpall of Cain. “He can play the line and is also athletic enough to West Hempstead followed by two a big sophomore year through catch passes.” the air with 1,050 yards and 12 dominant victories over Locust Perpall enters his 19th season touchdowns. He had a big day Valley and Cold Spring Harbor by a combined score of 62-0 to win a in the Long Island finals going 8-for-15 with one touchdown repeat county title. just a game after Seaford ran “The engine is fully charged,” all running plays in a 21-0 win said Perpall, who lost many key against Cold Spring Harbor in starters from last year’s team that the Nassau County Class VI recovered from two regular- seachampionship. son losses before peaking in the “We do what we have to postseason. “The kids are fired up.” do to give us the best chance Returning senior running to win,” said Perpall of mixing back Joe Angelastro was a major up the run and pass game part of helping Seaford raise the to game depending on matchchampionship trophy at Hofstra’s ups. Shuart Stadium with 133 yards Senior Andrew Cuchel will and three touchdowns in the Long be one of Masters’ receiving Island finals. Angelastro earned All-County honors with more than targets at tight end a year after shining on special teams 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns JOE ANGELASTRO as the Vikings’ kicker and last fall. punter. Senior Matt Anderson “I think he is one of the best will also be a familiar offensive running backs on Long Island,” target for Masters at running back as head coach for the Vikings Perpall said of Angelastro. “He is with a 149-50-1 overall record. and will help quarterback the the real deal.” He is proud of the program built Viking defense at linebacker. Senior Ryan Butler brings in his more than two decades on A solid corp. of returning versatility to the Seaford offense the sideline with packed crowds players will be complemented by and will be slotted either at runhome games. ning back or receiver, Butler shined newcomers Perpall sees potential “We have created a very defensively last year as a safety re- in to have big 2018 seasons. strong tradition and I want to cording the championship-sealing Among them is junior fullback/ keep it going,” he said. “I’m linebacker Pat Quinn, who had interception with 2:15 remaining glad to be back.” a standout year on junior varsity in the Long Island title game. He was also a backup quarterback last during the 2017 campaign. “He is a beast,” said Perpall of year and is healthy this fall following a lacrosse injury suffered in the the 5-10 210-pound Quinn, who

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Schedule 8 14 21 29 6 13 19 26

September @ Locust Valley 3:30 p.m. W. Hempstead 6:30 p.m. Clarke 6:30 p.m. @ Carle Place 2:00 p.m. October C.S. Harbor 6:00 p.m. East Rockaway 2:00 p.m. @ Mineola 6:45 p.m. @ Malverne 7:00 p.m. Photos by Ron Manfredi

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Sewanhaka Indians counting on offensive linemen By ANDREW MCCLURE

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laying in what is typically the deepest conference in Nassau County always presents a challenge on the football field for Sewanhaka. With the likes of perennial-power Garden City, Carey. MacArthur, Calhoun, Elmont, and Mepham all competing in Conference II, there is never an easy Saturday afternoon. After finishing with a 3-5 record in 2017, the Indians are once again the No. 11 seed in what will be a very tough league. Sewanhaka’s ability to control the line of scrimmage, and to limit its unforced errors will be imperative if the Indians expect to earn one of the conference’s eight playoff berths. Head coach George Kasimatis, in his 10th season at Sewanhaka, is perpetually optimistic. “This is a group of guys who are just great to be around,” Kasimatis said. “We have terrific senior leadership, and we’re excited about the guys coming up from a successful junior varsity team. Everyone is doing what is being asked of them. We should have a pretty good offensive line, which is always a plus. It should allow us to have more sustained drives.” Brandon Valerio, a three-year varsity starter, anchors the offensive line. Valerio is a highly intelligent, hard-working senior guard. He’ll be flanked by junior Jeremiah Mirville, a player Kasimatis has high hopes for. Senior Patrick Ihejirika returns at center for the Indians. Recognizing that playing his linemen on both sides of the ball often leads to a fatigued bunch, Kasimatis will look to establish a rotation system. Senior Andrew Molina and junior Jordan Alexandre have the inside track at landing

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cornerback. the starting tackle positions. Senior Kyle Miller, and juniors Max Turbi figures to Muneeb, Anthony Maldonado and be the team’s safety. KasimaDanny Springs are all looking for tis believes that time on the offensive line. senior kicker Sewanhaka has a pair of capable signal callers who are ex- Christian Salapected to see plenty of time. Junior zar could be a difference maker. Chuk Uchendu’s ability to rollout Kasimatis and run gives the team a dual likes the work ethic threat, while senior Nicholas Balletta, who split time at quarterback of his team. “There as a junior, is more of a drop-back a cohesive group, they work hard, and they want to be good, passer. Junior Christian Mullings, who Kasimatis said. “I think it’s going played some slot and quarterback to be important to get the big guys as a sophomore, moves to running rest and not burn them out. We’re a little deeper on the line, so we back. Mullings is quick, has good should be able to use more people. vision, and can catch the ball out We gave up way too many big hitof the backfield. Mullings could also see time at quarterback. Senior Richard Calixte and junior Mark Lynch also figure to be a big part of the running game. Senior Shawn Cothias, who played on the line as a junior, moves to wide receiver. Kasimatis likes his stable of fleet-footed junior wide outs. Preston Harts, Marc-Charles Dervil, and Emmanuel Turbi are long and rangy targets. The group should be one of the team’s strength, but they’ve yet to prove themselves at the varsity level. Brandon Valerio On defense, Cothias and Valerio appear to have locked up starting positions at end. Molina and hard-working, talented ters and made too many mental errors, last season, and we were sophomore Brian Lowry figure to always playing from behind. be a big part of the team’s front We’d love to be a playoff team, four. Joseph Carollo-Bayona, but the goal right now is just to who could also play a little wide improve.” receiver, will be one of the team’s The Indians open things up inside linebackers. Dervil will also at home when they welcome man a linebacking role. in district rival New Hyde Park Among those vying for time on Sept. 8 for a 2 p.m. kickoff. at outside linebacker are Calixte, sophomore Xavier Lesperance, and Sewanhaka visits district rival Jalal Elatsi. Mullings and Uchendu Elmont in Week 4. give the team speed and agility at HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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Shawn CothiaS

Schedule 8 14 22 29 6 12 19 27

September New Hyde Park 2:00 p.m. @ MacArthur 7:00 p.m. V.S. Central 2:00 p.m. @ Elmont 2:00 p.m. October Herricks 3:00 p.m. @ Kennedy 7:00 p.m. @ Manhasset 7:00 p.m. Calhoun 2:00 p.m. Photos by John heckman

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Seaford topped West Hempstead, 14-12, in heroic fashion in the first round of the Nassau Conference IV playoffs.

ConferenCe I

ConferenCe III

First round Oceanside 14, Baldwin 7 Freeport 27, East Meadow 7 Massapequa 42, Hempstead 18 Farmingdale 49, Uniondale 34

First round Lawrence 41, Hewlett 7 Roosevelt 28, Lynbrook 7 Wantagh 36, V.S. North 12 Bethpage 28, Plainedge 12

semiFinals Oceanside 42, Farmingdale 6 Freeport 33, Massapequa 13

semiFinals Lawrence 35, Bethpage 13 Wantagh 25, Roosevelt 20

Championship Oceanside 17, Freeport 0

Championship Lawrence 21, Wantagh 10

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ConferenCe IV

First round Garden City 31, Kennedy 0 Mepham 48, South Side 7 Carey 28, Elmont 25 Calhoun 27, MacArthur 19

First round Cold Spring Harbor 42, Malverne 12 Locust Valley 14, Clarke 0 Seaford 14, West Hempstead 12 Carle Place 35, North Shore 14

semiFinals Garden City 35, Carey 14 Mepham 33, Calhoun 13

semiFinals Cold Spring Harbor 32, Carle Place 7 Seaford 41, Locust Valley 0

Championship Garden City 33, Mepham 0

Championship Seaford 21, Cold Spring Harbor 0

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South Side Increasing numbers a positive for Cyclones By ANDREW COEN

to the table,” said Onesto of his Onesto is also excited about the two quarterbacks. “It might be a potential of freshman Brady West week-to-week thing.” at free safety. Davis and Pickett could also On special teams, juniors T.J. outh Side made history last McNicholas and Mark Weber are year with its second straight see time in the backfield along with senior running back Greg Le- slated to take on the important postseason appearance thbridge, who can power through roles of kicker and punter, respec-marking the first time in the 21st tively, after gaining experience on century the Cyclones had stormed opposing defenders with his pure strength. The 5-11 200-pound junior varsity last year. The kicking into the playoffs back-to-back Lethbridge can bench press over duo could also see time on at seasons. 300 pounds and squat above 500 receiver and defensive back. South Side’s bid for a third Onesto added two new straight year of November football pounds. “He is the strongest kid I faces to his coaching staff in Mike will be tested after it graduated DiGiamo and Connor Horl. DiGiamo nearly its entire offensive line from have coached,” Onesto said of Lethbridge. will work with the receivers while a 2017 team that earned a seven South Side’s offense will feaHorl, a former All-State standout at seed with a 4-4 regular season ture multiple athletes who can play Garden City, will coach the linemen. record. While a big senior group South Side is seeded No. 11 moved on, the Cyclones bring back running back or receiver including Mat Kucher, Ezavier Brewster, Rich- in Conference III after moving many important skilled position ard Petrone and Matt Melkonian. down from Conference II due to a players and have bigger roster of Onesto said having versatile 42 compared to 34 a year ago. “I think we’re definitely reap- athletes on the field will enable a fast-paced offense that ing the benefits of the new youth can keep opposing defenses program started here a few years ago,” said eighth-year head coach on their toes. Phil Onesto of the school’s ex“We’re going to try and panded football numbers. “These play hurry up and keep as many guys are now making their way up guys on the field who can play to the high school.” multiple positions,” said Onesto, Junior Nick Licalzi enters who was a wide receiver on his third varsity season with the South Side’s last county title Cyclones after a sophomore team in 2001.“We want to get campaign in which the versatile the ball out to our skilled guys receiver battled through an ankle as quickly as we can.” and thumb injury. Onesto said Onesto said an up-tempo the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Licalzi is offense will play to South poised for a breakout 2018 after Side’s strength after graduatNICK LICALZI putting on 20 to 25 pounds of ing the bulk of last year’s muscle in the offseason. offensive line unit. Senior “He is like a middle linebacker center Nick Rossiello and senior playing receiver,” Onesto said tackle Jamie Hutter will be counted drop in enrollment. The Cyclones of Licalzi, who is also a strong on to anchor a young offensive line open up against Hewlett at safety on defense. “He runs great after playing as big contributors in home under the lights on Sept. 7 and have a big early-season routes.” 2017. test in Week 3 at Plainedge. The Onesto has capable quarterRossiello and Hutter will schedule is also highlighted by backs who may see action under also play an integral role upfront a Thursday evening home game center this fall in senior Trent Davis on the defensive side of the ball against neighborhood rival Lynand junior William Pickett. Both along with Lethbridge at middle brook on Sept. 27 with kickoff competed hard during the summer linebacker and Pickett at outside set for 5 p.m. in seven-on-seven practices and linebacker. Licalzi will have a big have benefited from the competipresence in the defensive backfield tion, according to Onesto. at strong safety with Brewster slot“Both bring different things ted at one of the cornerback spots.

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Schedule 7 15 21 27 6 13 19 27

September Hewlett 6:00 p.m. @ Glen Cove 2:00 p.m. @ Plainedge 6:30 p.m. Lynbrook 5:00 p.m. October @ V.S. North 3:00 p.m. Glen Cove 2:00 p.m. V.S. South 6:00 p.m. @ Wantagh 2:00 p.m. Photos by Sue Grieco

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V.S. Centr CentrAl Eagles set sights on earning playoff berth By GARRETT D. URIBE

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mere eight points separated Valley Stream Central from a .500 season. Two heartbreak losses – to MacArthur 28-21, and Bellmore-JFK 27-26 – punctuated Central’s 2-6 showing last autumn in Nassau Conference II, the latter loss occurring in the Eagles’ season finale, when Bellmore’s field goal with six seconds left kept Central from reaching the playoffs. The Eagles, meanwhile, scored a redundancy of points in their wins – beating Great Neck 40-7 and high-rated Manhasset 30-6. As all-county quarterback Armani O’Brady returns for his senior season – largely with an all-new supporting cast – VSC joins the Conference II fray seeded eighth, seeking to redress last year’s near-misses and expand upon the promise it displayed. “Armani O’Brady has elevated this team, working hard and setting an example,” third-year head coach Mike Rubino said of the Eagles team captain, who was team leader with eight rushing touchdowns, five touchdown passes, and a 70-yard pick-six at nickelback. “He’s unquestionably our leader. As Armani goes, so goes the team.” Continued Rubino: “We’re young but talented. We had the growing pains last year of a team trying to get to the next level, and we didn’t do some of the small things we needed to. This year it’s about getting past that and executing.” Juniors Nate Grimsley and Lionel Philips join O’Brady in the offensive backfield. Grimsley (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) got some touches last year and has had an impressive preseason at tailback, while Phillips will start his first year on varsity. “Nate is a special athlete,” Rubino said. “Since I’ve 48 — September 6, 2018

Defensively the Eagles been at Central, I haven’t seen a will rely a good deal on back as dynamic as he is.” speed, operating out of Rubino intimated VSC might their customary scheme: look to diversify its offense this a 4-2-5 with O’Brady as season, having focused on its the hybrid back – a posiground game last year. In this tion he’s mastered the connection, a trio of first-year past two seasons. starters teams up with returning senior Christian Rodriguez to form Grimsley starts at free safety, with Central’s pass-catching corps. junior ChristoJunior Jacob Tejada and pher Lewis a sophomore Wakeem Jackson first-year starter start as wide receivers, while at cornerback Rodriguez – a starter last year at along with strong safety – brings his speed and ballhawk instincts over to the sophomore Dawin Fanor. Tejada assumes starting duoffensive side, starting at wideout ties at end, paired with senior track as well as safety. star Jonathan Grant, a first-year “Christian’s a gamer with starter. “Jonathan’s a dynamic great instincts and great hands,” Rubino said. “When the lights go on, we can count on him to show up. Wakeem is one of these players we have to make sure gets the ball.” Team co-captain Robert Nunez – a junior linebacker with varsity experience, who trained with O’Brady this offseason – becomes a two-way starter stepping in at slotback. “Robert and Armani have great rapport,” Rubino said. “That makes my job easier.” Gone is the heart of the O-line. But a pair of proven juniors – guard Nick Jones rObErT nunEz (6-1, 255) and two-way tackle Ramario Jackson – return to start a second year manning the interior. “Ramario’s in tremen- end,” Rubino said. “He’s another one we’re excited about.” dous shape,” Rubino said. Following up a campaign First-year sophomore Reese that stopped at the postseason’s Kaufman (6-2, 265) projects as a very doorstep, Rubino feels starting guard, while senior Carlos Central has identified the keys Morales (6-3, 275) dons varsity pads for the first time – coaxed out to breaking through. “Accountability was our theme in the of early retirement from the game offseason,” Rubino said. “Now – and is slated to start both ways it switches to execution. The kids at tackle. “We’re excited about have all bought into that. We Carlos,” Rubino said. “Such size and speed and he plays with a chip expect to be in the playoffs. It’s what we’ve worked for.” on his shoulder.” HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Ramario Jackson

AmAni O’brAdy

Schedule 7 15 22 28 6 13 20 26

September Carey 7:00 p.m. Manhasset 2:00 p.m. @ Sewanhaka 2:00 p.m. @ Mepham 7:30 p.m. October New Hyde Park 3:00 p.m. Elmont 2:00 p.m. @ Garden City 2:00 p.m. @ Herricks 6:00 p.m. Photos by ron manfredi

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V.S. North Spartans prepared for another tough grind By DAVID WEINGRAD

for who wins,” he said. “However the coach added. we figure out our starting quarter- “They’re resilient and hardworking and back situation, we’re going to do smart. It’s an inspiras one of the smaller schools fine.” tional place to work.” At running back, Aidan Dugin Nassau Conference The Spartans’ gan and A.J. Romano, both seniors, III, VSN head coach Tom home opener will be on are competing with junior Tim Schiavo knows that every single week will be a battle. But he’s not Hutchinson for touches. It remains Sept. 15 against third-seeded to be seen, Schiavo said, if one will Wantagh. They’ll face the making any excuses. In the four conference’s top ranked teams, the job outright, or if they’ll split years since the Spartans were carries come opening day. “They’re Roosevelt (No. 2) and defending bumped up to the larger conference, they’ve made the postseason all really good players,” the coach champion Lawrence (No. 1), on Sept. 29 and Oct. 13, respecthree times, including last season. said. Up to 10 athletes are compet- tively, and wrap up the season at And as they ready for their Glen Cove on Oct. 27. first game this season at Lynbrook ing for spots on the offensive Getting off to a good start on Sept. 8, Schiavo said his team is and defensive line. It’s an exciting as prepared as it can be to run the prospect for Schiavo, who said that will be paramount. To do so, they’ll have to first get through Lynbrook, depth on the line has historically daunting Conference III gauntbeen one of the team’s weakness- a school that Schiavo expects will let. “Our goal is to get into the bring its strongest possible effort es. At the forefront of that complayoffs and see how far we can after the Spartans defeated them petition are seniors Joe Munson, go from there,” said Schiavo. who Schiavo praised as a “very But he knows that they will smart, hard-working, teamhave to earn it. oriented” athlete; Anthony “It’s eight really difficult Juliano, who brings strength teams every week,” Schiavo said. “The teams are well coached, very and experience to the line; and Bernardin Fleurima, who talented and they’re used to sucSchiavo said offers unlimited cess. To beat teams like that, you have to have a lot of things going potential. When it’s all said and for you.” done, Schiavo said, he Compounding the challenge is a number of key positions previ- believes the running back poously held by outgoing seniors that sition and both the offensive line and defensive line will be still need to be filled, including quarterback, the backfield and the among the team’s strengths. With a blended roster offensive and defensive lines. But of experienced seniors and with plenty of worthy candidates ANTHONY IULIANO competing for the jobs, Schiavo ex- underclassmen new to the pressed excitement over his team’s program, Schiavo said that aside from the many position prospects as the season nears. battles taking place this offseason, last year in a close game, 7-3. Arguably their biggest void “Every game is important, but was left by the graduation of three- a lot of time has been spent my goodness, the beginning of getting back to fundamentals. It’s year starting quarterback John the season, you want to start Ruddick. This summer, three players nothing new for the experienced off on the right foot,” Schiavo coach, who is entering his 22nd have been competing for the job: said. “I expect a complete battle senior Joe Gisonda – an All-County season at the helm of Valley [against Lynbrook]. When you Stream North football. “You have free safety and wide receiver last play a real close, tough game to be patient,” Schiavo said, “but year – junior Jim McGrath and like that, teams are motivated to work with a sense of urgency freshman Ethan Ramnarain. get back at it and have another at the same time to eliminate Schiavo said the competition chance.” mistakes and bring everybody up has been thrilling to watch, as all Confidently, he added: to speed. three kids are more than capable “We’ll be ready.” “These are incredible kids,” of handling the job. “I’m excited

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September @ Lynbrook 2:00 p.m. Wantagh 2:00 p.m. @ Floral Park 2:00 p.m. Roosevelt 2:00 p.m. October South Side 3:00 p.m. @ Lawrence 2:00 p.m. Bethpage 2:00 p.m. @ Glen Cove 2:00 p.m. Photos by Keith O’Reilly

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V.S. Sou SouTh Falcons embark on unfamiliar territory By BRIAN KACHARABA

reach for him or lunge for him, five touchdowns last year, including a whopping 185 yards on just that’s going to be tough.” Senior Pablo Rivera will man 12 rushes in the Falcons’ 25-19 win over Island Trees in the second one of the two linebacker spots he Falcons are beginning to with Craig Powell and Jason trend upward after consecu- game of the season. “He’s the leader of our team,” Vincent interchanging between tive four-win seasons and outside linebacker and corner cornerGuastafeste said. “He has great barely missing the playoffs each time, but a move up to an unfamil- vision. He sees these little cutbacks back. Traill and McLean are the cornerbacks and will be so quickly and then because of iar Conference III will prove to be joined by Hicks, who will his athletic ability, can make the challenging for Joe Guastafeste’s be the “quarterback” move.” squad. from the defensive At press time, the Falcons This season’s schedule will feature two games apiece against were auditioning two quarterbacks backfield. The playoffs are new opponents such as Glen Cove to replace the departed Matt always a preseason Doncell. Junior Nick Traill is an and Division and other contests experienced player with speed and goal for coaches and against Lynbrook, South Side and Guastafeste is no a strong arm, while Guastafeste Floral Park, leaving Guastafeste different. But this scrambling to find footage on each lauded senior Arian Soofi for his year, he wants to cognitive skills and knowledge of team so he can discover tendentake a game-bythe offense. cies on how they would defend Josiah McLean will be the Falcons’ Wing-T offense, which lines three running backs in a row the main target at wide receiver after spending some behind the quarterback, forming time at the position last year the shape of the letter ‘T’. and could pose plenty of “I like knowing what I’m matchup problems for opposgoing up against every week and ing defenses with his height I have years of video to watch and speed. Fellow senior Nick against other teams against Strangis could be utilized the Wing-T, and moving up to again at tight end when he’s Conference III, I’m not going to not playing guard on the have that,” Guastafeste said. “I can watch Glen Cove vs. Plainedge offensive line. “He’s just a big, tall, from last year, but that’s not really strong kid with great hands,” going to help me because they’re Guastafeste said. “[He] posplaying a spread team.” sibly has the second-best pair Valley Stream South lost several key players from last year’s of hands on the team.” MICHAEL HICKS Strangis will also lead team on both sides of the ball, but a senior-laded offensive line Guastafeste is still confident that along with center Darek Sathe athleticism displayed by his mayoa, tackles David Fletcher and game approach this season and current players will help fill those improve his players’ abilities as Michael McGuinness and guard voids. the campaign progresses. Roger Kennedy. “The skill position guys will South will employ a 4-2-5 definitely be missed, but we have “I just want to see them defensive scheme, with Strangis, some nice guys moving up,” he compete and win and wherever said. “We have a lot of new faces, Kennedy, Fletcher and senior Mikai the cards fall,” Guastafeste said. Howard handling the defensive but we’re very athletic.” “The past couple of years, I foline. Howard stands at just 5-foot- cused too much on the playoffs. The offense will revolve around senior Michael Hicks, who 7, but more than makes up for it I just want to worry about game, takes over as the feature back after with his speed from the outside. by game, by game. My main goal “He’s fast off the ball and Nick Hernandez graduated. Hicks is just to take care of these kids averaged about eight yards a carry his football speed makes up for at Valley Stream South, just make his size,” Guastafeste said. “If you them better football players.” and finished with 769 yards and

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Nick Strangis

The Falcons open at home against Glen Cove and return the favor in Week 5 when they visit the Big Red.

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Schedule 8 15 22 29 6 13 19 27

September @ Glen Cove 2:00 p.m. @ Division 2:00 p.m. @ Lynbrook 2:00 p.m. North Shore 2:00 p.m. October Glen Cove 3:00 p.m. Division 2:00 p.m. @ South Side 6:00 p.m. Floral Park 2:00 p.m. Photos by Donovan Berthoud

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Wantagh

Warriors retool after reaching title game By ANDREW COEN

on a challenging note with a Graham will block in front of Conference III title game rematch junior fullback Michael Lombardi, at home against Lawrence and who was on junior varsity last a road trip to second-seeded fall before moving up to varsity antagh will kick off the Roosevelt in Week 3. In for the playoffs. Lombardi rushed 2018 season with few between they visit No. 6 Valfor 126 yards and a touchdown remnants of last year’s ley Stream North in another in Wantagh’s 36-12 first-round team that reached the county playoff rematch. The season playoff win against Valley Stream finals. is also highlighted by a home North. He then shined on the big The Warriors brought back stage at Hofstra University’s Shuart game against Plainedge on Sept. just three full-time starters from 29 and a road tilt at longtime rival the 2017 squad that went 8-3 and Stadium with 145 yards on 17 Bethpage on Oct. 13. carries in Wantagh’s county finals fell just short of a repeat county A more youthful Wantagh title when it fell 21-10 to Lawrence loss to Lawrence. squad will look to continue the “He has good experience for in the Conference III championship. program’s tradition of regularsomeone who was a JV kid last Despite entering the new campaign with few veterans, Wantagh year,” Sachs said. “He got into the season success. The Warriors have made the playoffs 23 of the last was selected as the three seed and big games.” 24 years and reached at least the Junior Peter Delgais was has aspirations for another deep starting quarterback on JV last year semifinal stage at Hofstra the last playoff run. 11 seasons. Sachs has led Wantand is working hard in prepara“The lack of experience is tion to become the Warriors’ a real challenge,” said longtime signal caller this fall. Tommy head coach Keith Sachs, who von Bargen and Nick Teresky has compiled 167 wins in his 26 have potential to be offensive seasons on the Warriors’ sideline. “It’s hard when you lose nearly all threats either out of the backfield or at receiver. Sachs your returning players.” is also looking to Sam Sloves Senior Will DiMatteo brings to step up as a new starter on experience to the defensive side the offensive line after helping of the ball after starting at middle the JV team achieve a 7-1 linebacker as a junior. The 6-1 record last year. 210-pound DiMatteo posted 11 On special teams, Wanttackles during a 36-12 regular agh graduated starting kicker season win against Valley Stream Brett Pine. Sachs will now turn North. to Mark Hack for crucial extra “He will quarterback our defense,” Sachs said of DiMatteo, points and field goals as well who is also expected to be a force as kickoffs. He received some KYLE GRAHAM experience in the playoffs last on the offensive line. “He was a year when Pine was hurt. key player for us last year.” Sachs’ two longtime assistant agh to three county championSenior defensive back Dylan ships and two Long Island titles coaches return in defensive coorScott also returns after starting dinator Tony Carter and line coach since 2001. each game last season. Scott will “We take it for granted a Jim Moro. He credits both coaches also contribute on the offensive little,” said Sachs of Wantagh’s for their loyalty and in helping to side of the ball for this season at turn Wantagh into one of the most more than two-decade run of one of the skilled positions. success. “It will take some time Senior tight end Kyle Graham consistent winning programs on this season to get going, but we is Wantagh’s lone returning offen- Long Island the last two decades, will be OK.” “They are both former head sive starter. Graham is a capable coaches who now just give their receiver who can also open up time, heart and soul to what they holes downfield for the Wantagh love,” Sachs said of Carter and rushing attack. “He’s fast and athletic,” Sachs said of his versatile Moro. Wantagh opens the season tight end.

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Michael Lombardi

WILL DIMATTEO

Schedule 8 15 22 29 5 12 19 27

September Lawrence 2:00 p.m. @ V.S. North 2:00 p.m. @ Roosevelt 2:00 p.m. Plainedge 2:00 p.m. October North Shore 7:00 p.m. @ Bethpage 7:00 p.m. @ Hewlett 6:00 p.m. South Side 2:00 p.m. Photos by Jeff Wilson

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West HempsteA HempsteAd Hempste Ad Revamped Rams rolling out new turf field By ANDREW MCCLURE

seniors Justin Outmazine and ball into the hands of the team’s Sean Plasencia are in the mix for playmakers. If Duran becomes a positions in the secondary. threat to run the ball when his Following the blueprint number is called, the attack will be fter a two-win campaign, will important for West all the better. the 2017 season was a Hempstead. “We only have Senior wingback Frank Mesbounce back year at West 20-22 guys, but I really like sina, the only returning starter at Hempstead. But, it was about this group,” Carre said. “We a skill position, brings experience, as up and down as it could get. have a lot of pieces to try power, and toughness to the The Rams, who played all of their gridiron. Messina is always reach- to put together, and a big games on the road while their test in Week 1. I think we’ll home field underwent a complete ing for the extra yard and will do be good on the offensive line. whatever it takes to get the job makeover, got off to a slow start, We’ll stick to basics, and try to but rallied back to win two of their done. Junior Jerry Forti, who was last three games to earn the No. 7 called up to the varsity as a sopho- control the line of scrimmage. For half of last season, we were sucmore, is another hard-nosed back seed in the playoffs. cessful by running just a handful West Hempstead was 15 sec- who will get plenty of touches. of plays. It’s all about executing.” The X factor out of the onds away from pulling off a major West Hempstead will open upset in the opening round of the backfield is Jaden Mason. If the fleet-footed rising sophomore gets up at home on its new turf field postseason, but eventual Long when No. 6 East Rockaway visits loose, watch out. Senior Dylan Island champion Seaford came Mojica will handle the fullback from behind and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The Rams duties. If the double-wing finished with an overall record of offense is to be successful, 4-5. strong play from the guys on There are a lot of unknowns the offensive line is essential. for West Hempstead as it enters Fortunately for the Rams, this the 2018 season. The team lost nearly all of its starters and numer- is an area where they have a ous positions are up for grabs. The little experience. Senior guards Khari Dash, a three-year No. 8 seed in Nassau Conference IV will face a challenging schedule varsity performer, and Jason Brown both started in 2017. that includes the likes of Seaford, Dash and Brown are aggresCold Spring Harbor, East Rockasive and strong, and do a nice way, and Clarke. job of pulling and taking out Head coach Dom Carre ends and linebackers. knows there’s a lot of work to be Senior center Jacques done, but likes the makeup of his KHARI D DAsH DA AsH As Naugaus adds size and team. “We lost just about everybody, but we have a lot of players strength to the front five. Naugaus replaces three-year back who have been around starter Emerson Maldanado. Senior on Sept. 8 for a 2 p.m. kickoff. awhile and are familiar with the Friends Academy (Week 3), Donato D’Agosto will handle one system,” Carre said. “We have a Clarke (Week 5 for a 6:30 p.m. of the tackle positions. Senior nice group of aggressive, physical kickoff ) and Mineola (Week 9) Anthony Salimbene will start at players. There are open competiare additional visitors. The Rams tions for a lot of spots. Right now, one of the tight end slots. The defensive line will feature face Seaford in a playoff rematch it’s a work in progress, but we’ll be on the road under the lights in Dash, Naugaus, and Brown, but ok.” Week 2. Senior Nick Duran takes over many spots won’t be determined until opening day. Messina returns at quarterback for West Hempstead. Duran has the makeup of an at inside linebacker, with Forti ideal signal caller out of the double and Salimbene also appearing wing; a hard-nosed player who can to have locked up starting roles at linebacker. Duran, Mason, and manage the offense and get the

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Nick Duran

FRANK MessINA

Schedule 8 14 22 29 5 13 19 27

September East Rockaway 2:00 p.m. @ Seaford 6:30 p.m. Friends Aca. 2:00 p.m. @ Jericho 2:00 p.m. October Clarke 6:30 p.m. @ Island Trees 2:00 p.m. @ C.S. Harbor 6:00 p.m. Mineola 2:00 p.m. Photos by sue Grieco

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