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Baldwin Bruins must overcome declining numbers By TONY BELLISSIMO

to be a playmaker on both sides of cornerbacks. On special teams, the ball. “He’s probably the fastest kid in the school and that’s saying Parkin and Decoteau spearhead the return a lot because we’ve got some or the first time in 32 years speed demons on the track team,” units and have the at the helm, head coach shiftiness and breakCarroll said. Wingate is another Steve Carroll has concerns away speed to excel. former JV standout with speed, about Baldwin’s roster size. DeRoche saw the and Webster is a straight-ahead “We’re usually around 45 or most punting work runner with quickness as well as 46 kids on the varsity alone and during camp, and varsity experience. that’s the number we’re working Carroll is hoping At quarterback, senior Ronnie with this year for the varsity and someone can Marchese-Silano got a few reps JV combined,” he said. “We’re in emerge and a year ago and brings athletia bit of a jam with fewer than 30 lead the kickexpected to be on varsity for Week cism and leadership qualities to ing game. “We the table. When he goes to the 1.” can make our air, Marchese-Silano will look The Bruins, who hit the road downfield to senior Isaiah Place, a lives easier with to open against Massapequa, 6-foot-4 receiver with tremendous strong special won five games in 2018 and lost hands, Carroll said, junior Kenneth teams,” he said. a Conference I first-round playoff Ojeikere, senior Aaron Taylor and heartbreaker at Oceanside for the junior Sage Burke. second year in a row. They came In the trenches, senior guard within inches of advancing to the Trevor Watts is a three-year semis at Hofstra, falling 20-19. In starting lineman who’s work 2017 as the No. 8 seed, Baldwin ethic sets the tone for the rest fell 14-7 to the Sailors. of the unit. Senior Brayden “It’s been the difference of a DeSantis returns at center play or two,” Carroll said of the after starting all nine games, narrow season-ending defeats. but the rest of the line will Baldwin hasn’t missed the feature new faces. Seniors postseason since 2006 but will Lance Levy and Eddie Patton have its work cut out with just three varsity contributors returning. lead the depth chart at right Carroll said a collection of four tal- guard and tackle, respectively, ented backs will steer the offense, and junior Dhani Beckwith, up led by junior Trey Parkin and senior from JV, has the current nod at left tackle. Andrew Decoteau. “We have to On the defensive side, figure out how to get all four of Brayden desanTis them touches,” he said of a group the Bruins are tinkering a switch to a 4-3 base. Carroll is that also includes juniors Keyon excited about the potential up Wingate and Maurice Webster. As the No. 6 seed with front with Watts and DeSantis at “It could end up where some are tackle and Beckwith and classmate depth concerns, Baldwin faces a lining up as slot receivers.” schedule that’ll be a challenge Kalil Cuffe at the ends. Parkin Parkin enjoyed some breakout to say the least. “We face all performances as a first-year varsity will operate at middle linebacker, the top teams and we know player as the second option behind where he played four games last Freeport and Oceanside have us season before a move to the departed Eric Manigault and for their Homecomings,” Carroll attended some high-profile camps outside. He’ll be flanked by some said. “We’re stepping right into during the offseason. “Trey is a big combination of Wingate, Webster the frying pan with Massapequa, dude and came into camp looking and Decoteau. Either Webster but we’ll be as prepared as we or Decoteau will serve as the like a million bucks,” Carroll said. can be.” strong safety, with senior Gabriel Decoteau, who starred at the DeRoche or Place at free safety. JV level for two years but wasn’t in uniform last season, is expected Ojeikere, Taylor and Burke are

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Trevor WaTTs

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September @ Massapequa 2:00 p.m. Plainview 2:00 p.m. @ Oceanside 2:00 p.m. October Hicksville 3:00 p.m. @ Freeport 2:00 p.m. @ Hempstead 2:00 p.m. Farmingdale 2:00 p.m. November Westbury 2:00 p.m. Photos by John Heckman

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Calhoun New faces in all places for rebuilding Colts By BRIAN KACHARABA

there, but he also last season that produced over noted the strong 2,100 rushing yards between the training camp of senior triumvirate of quarterback Tristan Hladky and raduation may have not hit Nick Turrini, halfback Tom CasiTom Burke. mano and fullback Ariel DeJesus any Long Island football The linebackers will be tweaked slightly to mix in program harder than could be another team strength. more passing plays, according to Calhoun. Baci and Eric Porfido, the lone Moeller. Calhoun, which reached the Senior Chris Adami takes over holdover starter, will be on the postseason in four of the last five outside and joined inside by for Turrini at quarterback. He was years and won a playoff game in either senior James Gahan, Lotito, pressed into action during the each of its last two campaigns Christopher Perrone and/or Tim Colts’ semifinal loss to Garden after never doing so previously, Mack. The defensive backs are City after Turrini was injured in returns just one starter on either Rogers and Mamay at corner with side of the ball and will have many the first half and Moeller believes that experience will provide a solid Bautista, Bastien, Bobby Ryan and new faces at the skill positions Justin Stahl rotating at safety. foundation as a starter. when it faces MacArthur in the Moeller knows this year will be “Our quarterback is a special season opener on Sept. 14. kind of kid,” he said of Adami. “He a challenge, but is optimistic that To say the Colts are in a reas the year progresses, some of the build would be a huge understate- really loves football. He’s such a underclassmen could emerge as competitor and a great leader.” ment after losing 25 seniors from Senior Nathaniel Bastien the 2018 squad, many of which and junior Markus Bautista played an impactful role during are expected to get the bulk the 4-4 regular season. But head coach Brian Moeller is hopeful the of the carries in the backfield, with junior Nick Lotito leading departing seniors left a favorable the way at fullback. Moeller impression on the players they’re has been impressed by both passing the torch to. “We’re going to be very young, of his halfback’s shiftiness and very inexperienced,” Moeller said. ability to accelerate past the “But we have a lot of kids working line of scrimmage. Adami’s primary targets hard, which is a good thing. They should include a host of junior believe they can win because they’ve seen what’s happened the flankers such as 6-foot-3 T.J. Rogers, a JV call-up who could last couple of years.” create matchup problems In preparation for the season, in which Calhoun received a No. 8 for opposing defenses, Nick Chris adami seed in the 14-team Conference II, Mamay and Ryan Baci, who Moeller has been holding scattered Moeller is turning to for practices from May to mid-August leadership. future building blocks. The offensive line has several before entering training camp. “Basically, we have to imcandidates for starters, but are all With such an unusual amount of prove every day [and] compete green and none are entrenched starting positions open this fall, with each other in practice,” he at any particular position at press he put the onus on the players to said. “All we can do is control time. Moeller is hoping to shape make his job of fielding a lineup ourselves, do the best we can his line between Devin Fischeto, easier. and good things happen when “The kids who are putting the Lorenzo Novelli, Gavin Grech, we fight every play.” extra work in are the kids who are Michael Patti, Colin Abrams and seniors Josh Fields and Tom Frank. rising to the top,” he said. “We The Colts will maintain their told all the kids in the offseason that there were 22 open spots for 3-4 defensive scheme, but like the starters and do everything you can offensive line, players are competing for the three spots. Some of in the offseason to get better.” the offensive lineman could go The run-option scheme from

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Schedule September 13 @ MacArthur 7:00 p.m. 21 @ V.S. Central 2:00 p.m. 28 Manhasset 2:00 p.m. October 5 Garden City 3:00 p.m. 12 @ New Hyde Park 2:00 p.m. 18 Sewanhaka 7:00 p.m. 26 @ East Meadow 2:00 p.m. November 2 Kennedy 2:00 p.m. Photos by Jeff Wilson

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Carey Seahawks’ offense stocked with proven playmakers By TONY BELLISSIMO

Matt Proper are the top in the offense in some capacity. “He’s too talented to not get some three guards and being counted on to play bigger snaps,” Stanley said of Metzger, roles than last fall. ith one of Nassau’s most- who’ll contribute as a defensive “We have some dynamic back. proven quarterbacks, weapons and athleticism on The list of options in the air an ultra-deep corps of offense,” Stanley said. “We can attack is a lengthy one. Stanley receivers, and an emerging talent said senior twins James and Daniel present a lot of different looks.” in the backfield, Carey enters the Defensively, the Seahawks Stein are as competitive as any 2019 campaign with a dynamic offensive recipe and county cham- wideouts he’s coached. “They both will rely on their back seven as run crisp routes, are fast enough to the front line molds into shape. pionship aspirations. Todaro and DeNicola, both enterbeat guys one-on-one and catch The Seahawks, coming off ing their third varsity seasons, will the ball in traffic,” he said. Senior an 8-3 season and a trip to the key the run containment as inside Nick Bell possesses excellent Conference II title game, are ball-hawking skills, Stanley noted, linebackers. Both Steins along with seeded No. 3 behind three-time senior Connor Murray will see and will be split-wide on offense, defending champion Garden City spearhead the secondary as its top action on the outside. and MacArthur. The three teams In the secondary, Bell draws have combined to win 10 straight cornerback, and handle punting the opponents’ top receiver, duties. Nassau crowns. with Metzger and junior Michael Junior Nick Cowen has been “Our goal is always to comas impressive as anyone in camp pete for a county championship,” according to Stanley, who Carey head coach Mike Stanley plans to use him as a slot said. “We’ve had a pretty strong receiver and on kickoff/punt camp and the guys are ready to get after it. We’ve got an interest- returns. “He has potential ing schedule, especially the middle to be special,” Stanley said. Senior Frank Scarantino is a four games.” speedy receiver and versatile Carey, faced with the task of filling some gaps along the offen- junior Joseph Todaro will be sive and defensive fronts, kicks off targeted as a tight end. Junior Anthony DeNicola, at home against Mepham and also gets visits from Garden City (Week who found the end zone nine 3), Elmont (Week 6, Homecoming) times in 2018 including a pair of touchdowns in a 13-7 and conference newcomer East semifinal playoff victory over Meadow (Week 8.) MacArthur, is the catalyst Jason Kessler is back at the in the running game. “He’s controls of the offense and surJASON KESSLER an aggressive runner who’s rounded by a bevy of talent. As a become faster and stronger,” junior last season, Kessler passed for more than 1,500 yards and 18 Stanley said. “He’ll benefit from our ability to spread defenses out.” Faraone serving as additional touchdowns with only five intercover guys. Cowen is the starting On the O-line, senior Louis ceptions as Carey averaged nearly safety. The defensive front lacks Capriotti returns as the anchor 30 points in six regular-season experience and will be tested out after starting all 11 games at wins. “He’s got command of the of the gate by Mepham. Senior center last season. “He’s a good huddle and not only can he make Joseph McCormack returned leader who consistently snaps all the throws, he escapes the well in the shotgun,” Stanley said. to the program and could form pocket well,” Stanley said. “He’s the starting interior along with one of the top quarterbacks in the Senior James Daly brings varsity sophomore Joe Bonelli, who’s experience at right tackle, and county in my opinion.” up from JV. Daly, Bedeian and sophomore Ray Bedeian has the Sophomore Dean Metzger, inside track at left tackle after star- senior Andres Barnett comprise who was the JV’s starting signalthe group of ends. ring at the JV level. Senior twins caller a year ago, will serve as Aidan and Joseph Doona, and Kessler’s backup and be involved

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Anthony DeNicola

JOSEPH TODARO

Schedule

September 14 Mepham 3:00 p.m. 21 @ Herricks 2:00 p.m. 28 Garden City 2:00 p.m. October 4 @ Manhasset 7:00 p.m. 11 @ MacArthur 7:00 p.m. 19 Elmont 2:00 p.m. 26 @ Long Beach 2:00 p.m. November 2 East Meadow 3:00 p.m. Photos by Brian Ballweg

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ClaRke Rams motivated after tough 2018 ending By DAVID WEINGRAD

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eflecting on the 2018 football season stirs mixed emotions for Clarke head coach Tim O’Malley. On one hand, he’s elated by his team’s 7-1 regular season that included a victory against the eventual Conference IV champions. But it’s the team’s final game that evokes the strongest memories, when they were upset in the first round by a West Hempstead team they had defeated handily one month earlier. Several months later, as the Rams prepare for the new season, memories from that final game still haven’t faded. “It’s definitely been a motivating factor for us,” said O’Malley. “We felt like we left a little meat on the bone last year, and we’ve refocused ourselves into correcting some of the things we did wrong.” He added, quite bluntly: “We’re a little bit angry and a little bit hungry.” While the Rams will be champing at the bit to open strong out of the gate, they’ll do so without three key skill players they lost to graduation: Quarterback Anthony Caputo, and two-way starters Sean Russell and Arton Dalipi. With different personnel, O’Malley said the Rams will get back to their roots with a Wing-T offense. At the helm is expected to be senior Chris Giardino, who backed up Caputo last year but missed time because of an injury. A run-heavy, option-based offense is a style that will suit Giardino well, O’Malley said. “He’s a great leader,” the coach said of his quarterback. “A real student of the game.” Stepping in as the primary running back will be Lucas Abbatiello, who last year was named

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an All-County Honorable Mention. Hempstead will follow in Senior wideout Brian Sullivan is a Week 3, and dynamic playmaker. two week’s Eager to put last season belater, the Rams hind them, the Rams began their will face fourth-ranked Looffseason program back in May. cust Valley for their Homecoming “The commitment level has been outstanding,” O’Malley said. “Our game. The Rams defeated Locust senior class have been great lead- Valley last year in a thrilling overtime game, 12-9 – one ers for the younger kids. They’re a that O’Malley knows they will very hungry group.” But O’Malley said the success remember. “They’re going to be of his team hinges on his offensive motivated,” he said. line, a unit he labeled the “central In Week 6, the Rams will nervous system” of his team. play top-ranked and defending The starting five will comprise an champion Cold Spring Harbor, experienced group of seniors: Chris who they defeated 34-21 in arguPerez at center; Jack Layburn and ably their most impressive victory Karl Bouyer at the guard positions; last year. They’ll close the regular and Chris Stokum and Mike Heavy season Nov. 2 at Oyster Bay. as tackles. “They have great chemistry and are a very athletic group,” the coach said. Defensively, junior Anthony Rodrigurez is a quality run stuffer. Ranked third out of 12 teams in Conference IV, the Rams’ opener will be Sept. 14 against East Rockaway. Emotions will be high that day as the school will honor longtime, beloved head coach John Boyle, who passed away in the spring of 2018 following 30 years as the head of the football program. Boyle’s LuCAS AbbAtIeLLo family will be in attendance and a statue will be dedicated in his honor. “We’ve always spoken Perhaps no other team with our players about honoring is ready to turn the page and the game the way Coach Boyle begin a new season than the wanted to,” said O’Malley, who Rams. And while part of that was an assistant under Boyle as is avenging last year’s playoff well as his close friend. loss, the other part reflects how An early challenge comes the much the group enjoys playing following week when they travel together. “In general, they’re a to second-ranked Seaford on Sept. really tight group of players,” 20 for a Friday evening game. Last said O’Malley. “They really trust year, Seaford handed the Rams each other. They really rely on their only regular-season loss. each other and they really have A rematch against West each other’s backs.” HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Karl Bouyer

CHRIS Stokum

Schedule September 14 East Rockaway 2:00 p.m. 20 @ Seaford 6:30 p.m. 28 West Hempstead 2:00 p.m. October 5 @ Carle Place 3:00 p.m. 12 Locust Valley 2:00 p.m. 19 C.S. Harbor 2:00 p.m. 26 @ V.S. South 2:00 p.m. November 2 @ Oyster Bay 3:00 p.m. Photos by Ron manfredi

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East MEadow Jets take flight in unfamiliar conference By DAVID WEINGRAD

team and sides of the ball. Barry, a running showing back and offensive lineman, was an All-County Honorable Mention them that we can play last year as a sophomore, racking t’s been a busy offseason for up 385 rushing yards on 35 carries, with them,” he the Jets coaching staff, which said. good for an average of 11 yards spent much of the summer They’ll face a final test in their reviewing tape for what will be an per carry. season finale on Nov. 2 on the Perry tossed five touchdown entirely new slate of competition road against Carey, who’s ranked passes last year as quarterback, this season. For the first time in third in Conference II. while also intercepting three as a the team history, East Meadow With a year of Conference I will play in Conference II this year, cornerback. He’ll be a big factor in competition under its belt, Bange the Jets’ double wing this season a change resulting from rotating expressed optimism about his conference quotas combined with with both his legs and his arm. A key addition is the return of team taking a giant step forward the school’s lower enrollment. senior running back Brandon Love, this year. While he expects a return With the exception of a to their usual spot in the playoffs, Week 2 matchup with MacArthur, who missed most of last season he added that he’s hopeful his after breaking his collarbone. every team the Jets play this year team could make a little more Rounding out the ground game will be a first under the tenure noise this time around. is fullback Marc Giraud, a junior, of head coach Doug Bange. “It’s Three of the first four who Bange called an aggressive, a major difference,” Bange said. “We’ve been in Conference I for so downhill runner. It’s a strong arsenal for long. We knew how those teams a team whose offensive style functioned and what they did relies on four running threats offensively and defensively.” on the field for nearly every But with change comes new opportunities. A youthful Jets team play. “It’s a run-heavy, control the clock, 15-play-drive kind faced growing pains last season of offense,” Bange said. to the tune of a 3-6 record that Of course, a run included a first-round playoff exit game can’t excel without – their 16th playoff appearance a stalwart offensive line, in 17 seasons. This year, they’re returning their entire offensive line, and Bange lauded his under the leadership of Jason their quarterback, two-thirds of their running back corps and their Staunton. A varsity player since he was a sophomore, starting wide receivers. Staunton was the team’s As they prepare for this season, Bange said he felt strongly captain last year as a CHRIS BARRy encouraged by the experience and junior. “He’s one of our more vocal leaders,” Bange said. exposure his young team had last “Run-blocking and pass-blocking, games at home, Bange said, season. will hopefully help the Jets set he’s our go-to-guy.” While much of training a positive tone. “Build up that Ranked fourth in Conference camp has been business as momentum and hopefully take it II, the Jets open at home against usual, Bange said coaches have through a couple tough games also been focused on getting their Manhasset. Bange highlighted on the road in the end of the players acclimated to what will be their Week 2 matchup against second-ranked MacArthur at home season,” he said. “You don’t a new set of opponents. “We’re want to get off on the wrong as a good indicator of where his making good progress,” he said. foot, especially in a new conferteam stands within their new “The kids have a good grasp of ence. the offense with a year under their conference. He’s also circled their Week 6 game at top-ranked, threebelt.” time defending champion Garden Juniors Chris Barry and Jaheim Perry will remain two of the City. “That legacy they have there. Just being able to go against that team’s biggest weapons on both

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Jaheim Perry

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Schedule 14 21 28 5 12 19 26 2

September Manhasset 2:00 p.m. MacArthur 2:00 p.m. @ Kennedy 2:00 p.m. October Elmont 3:00 p.m. @ Garden City 2:00 p.m. @ V.S. Central 2:00 p.m. Calhoun 2:00 p.m. November @ Carey 3:00 p.m. Photos by Ron Manfredi

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East Rockaway Staying healthy a key for rebuilt Rocks By ANDREW MCCLURE

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ast Rockaway comes off a solid season that saw it host and knock off Malverne in an opening round playoff game before falling to eventual Long Island champion Cold Spring Harbor 34-22 in the Conference IV semifinals. The Rocks, who finished the campaign at 6-4, were just one of two teams to defeat Cold Spring Harbor during the regular season. A slew of players were lost to graduation, including the team’s starting quarterback and some talented linemen. East Rockaway, which is seeded seventh, has some skilled returnees, but is lacking when it comes to depth. Cold Spring Harbor, Seaford, Locust Valley, and Clarke are among the teams that are expected to fight for league supremacy. Long-time Rocks head coach Russ Pajer understands that he won’t have the luxury of a deep, experienced roster in 2019. “We’re asking a lot of young guys who haven’t played at the varsity level to take on some important roles,” Pajer said. “There are a lot of positions where we just don’t have backups, so staying healthy is going to be very important. We’re not deep at all. So far, things are going pretty well. The guys are working hard to get better.” Junior Julian Palma takes over at quarterback. Palma, the JV signal-caller in 2018, is experienced at running the team’s double-wing attack, but will need time to grasp some of the wrinkles that are put in at the varsity level. Senior Caleb Alvarez, a threeyear varsity performer is the team’s go-to running back. Alvarez has speed, elusiveness and strength to go along with the will to pick up the extra yard. He’ll play both

wing and fullback. Senior Ezequiel slots. At corner, Espinal is another versatile back the Rocks who is a threat to take it to the will go end zone whenever he has the ball. Expect Alvarez and Espinal to with get the bulk of the carries for East Infante Rockaway. Juniors Rob Welch and and Palma. Franklin Infante will both be in the Both possess good technique and backfield rotation. ability, but they’re a work in The offensive line lost a pair progress at this level. of three-year starters in Joseph “We’re seeded where we Amabile and Logan Ackerman, but a few veterans players will attempt should be, and have a pretty tough schedule,” Pajer said. “We’re going to fill the void. Senior center Dom Sarro returns to anchor the line at to miss the leadership of the guys who graduated, so guys are going center for the Rocks. to have to try to step into those Charles Harrison, a senior tackle, provides size and familiarity roles. This is a year where we just can’t afford injuries to key players.” with the blocking schemes. Junior The Rocks will face a stiff test Justin Aquirre will start at the other tackle position. Senior Danny Gon- when they open the season up on the road against No. 3 Clarke. The zalez and Nico Nunez will handle guard duties. Rob Ventura, Craig Kelly, and Raymond Acampora are all vying for time at tight end. As usual for East Rockaway, the smallest school in Nassau, nearly everyone will play both sides of the ball. Those playing in the trenches on offense will do the same on the opposite side of the ball. Nunez will look to plug up holes at nose guard. Harrison and Aquirre will play defensive tackle. Alvarez sets the tone on defense from his CALEB ALVAREZ free safety position. “Caleb is the heart and soul of the defense,” Pajer said. “He’ll be a presence on every following Saturday is Homecoming against Carle Place. play. He’s truly one of the best Additional visits come from players in the conference. We’re Cold Spring Harbor in Week 3, looking for a lot from him.” Hard-working sophomore Jack and Oyster Bay and Seaford in October. The Oyster Bay meeting Mistretta will take on the difficult will be played under the lights in task of playing middle linebacker. Week 6. Pajer sees a lot of upside in Mistretta, and lauds his work ethic. He’ll be joined on the inside by Welch. Espinal is a returning starter at one of the outside linebacker

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September 14 @ Clarke 2:00 p.m. 21 Carle Place 3:00 p.m. 28 C.S. Harbor 2:00 p.m. October 4 @ West Hempstead 6:30 p.m. 12 @ Friends Aca. 2:00 p.m. 18 Oyster Bay 7:00 p.m. 26 Seaford 2:00 p.m. November 1 @ Island Trees 7:00 p.m. Photos by Sue Grieco

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Elmont Spartans need both front lines to jell By TONY BELLISSIMO

A big offseason has senior aren’t short on talented potential Nasir Prince looking like he’ll be playmakers. Seniors Jahtez Humphrey and Zachary Meikle lead the one of the unit’s standouts at linebacker. He’s a returning starter year after relying on its front way at receiver. Humphrey, who who covers plenty of ground and will handle kicking and punting line to carry an offense that delivers crunching hits. “He’s replaced its leading receiver, duties, runs sharp routes and has improved his agility and strength,” running back and starting quarter- a good set of hands. Meikle, who Patel said. Also quick to the ball back from the previous campaign, worked strictly on the defensive Elmont is rebuilding in the trenches side of the ball last season, will be and with great anticipation skills, senior Kyle Stukes is a varsity reutilized as a two-way starter and under new head coach Kru Patel. turnee taking on a larger role. “The kids are working hard and is a speedy athlete with a high Meikle, Myers and Renaud giving everything they’ve got,” said football IQ. are all in the linebacker Patel is excited about the Patel, who enters his 15th year coaching in the program including potential of junior Ted Phebe, who conversation as well. Senior Anthonelly leading the JV staff and serving as projects as a starting wideout and one of Jay Hegi’s varsity assistants. safety after starring at the JV level Neree, one of the fastest kids in the last fall. Phebe is a leading candi“We need to figure out what the date to handle kickoff and punt re- school according to offensive and defensive lines are turns too. “He’s an extremely crisp Patel, is expected to going to look like,” he added. start at cornerback “We have quality athletes. It’s just route runner with good hands,” he said. Also in the mix at receiver with Taylor and/or a matter of most getting varsity is junior Rashaye Thompson, experience.” The Spartans finished 5-4 over- who quarterbacked the JV last year and isn’t afraid of all a year ago and lost a Conference II first-round playoff defensive contact. “He’s a tremendous struggle in extreme weather condi- blocker,” Patel said. In the backfield, a shared tions at MacArthur. The Generals scored the game’s only touchdown workload is expected to be the case with junior Richard on a blocked punt return. The Taylor and sophomore Tyler teams meet again this fall in the Myers both making the jump regular-season finale. Elmont, the No. 5 seed in the 14-team confer- to varsity. Junior center Jason Richence, open at rival Sewanhaka and ardson anchors the offensive then face three-time defending line. “He’s strong with a low county champion Garden City the following Saturday. “Our schedule center of gravity and does whatever it takes to win,” has no reprieve,” Patel said. “It’ll ZACHARY MEIKLE Patel said. Senior tackle Jerbe tough with a rivalry game on emiah Malloy is the only other the road right off the bat.” within the group with varsity While the O-line brings back Meikle. experience. Juniors Zachary Louis just one starter, the unit has the “We’ve been spoiled,” Patel and Jacob Michel were both twoluxury of a young quarterback said. “We’re not used to playing year starters for the JV and ready with experience. Junior Jonathan to take the next step. Junior Justin so many kids both ways. We Maldonado returns as the starter Johnson has a nice combination of have depth in some spots, but and worked hard on his craft during the offseason, Patel noted. size and strength, and sophomore not everywhere.” Elmont’s Homecoming takes Thomas Renaud is also in the mix. “Jonathan can be pretty hard on place Week 5 against Herricks. Many of the same faces will himself, but he’ll benefit from last form the defensive front. If the year’s learning experience,” Patel said. “He has a nice arm and runs Spartans go with four down linemen, Michel and Renaud could well.” be the ends, with Richardson and The Spartans are short on Johnson in the middle. proven skill position players, but

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Jonathan Maldonado

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September @ Sewanhaka 2:00 p.m. @ Garden City 3:00 p.m. Long Beach 2:00 p.m. October @ East Meadow 3:00 p.m. Herricks 2:00 p.m. @ Carey 2:00 p.m. Mepham 2:30 p.m. November MacArthur 3:00 p.m. Photos by Donovan Berthoud

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Freeport Red Devils fresh off perfect 12-win season By ANDREW McCLURE

and Cruz patrolling one Junior Jayvian Allen is hardnosed runner with strength, speed, of the outside backer positions, the Red Devils should and a knack for finding the end reeport was about as zone. Allen scored 11 touchdowns be a tough team to score dominant as a team can as a sophomore. He’s also a target upon. The secondary is fast be in 2018. The Red Devils and physical. Edmond and for Edmond when the Red Devils outscored Nassau Conference I Javian Allen lead the group throw the ball. Makhai Jinks, a opponents 451-124 while securing 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior, is a of versatile athletes that will their ninth county championship, perfect complement to Allen in the also include Simmons and and then knocked off Floyd, 20-19, team’s two-back set. junior Ausani Allen. to capture the program’s sixth Cellan isn’t looking Freeport prides itself on Long Island crown. It was the sharing the football, and it will put too far ahead, but the fifth time Freeport, which finished goal at Freeport never the ball in the hands of a slew of with an overall record of 12-0, changes. “The expectalented players. Seniors Dakarai beat Floyd to claim Long Island tations are always Stevenson, Arnold Cruz, and supremacy. Ahmad Simmons are all significant set high,” Cellan said. As always, Conference I will “That doesn’t change. threats on the ground or through have no shortage of talent, but the the air. If we’re not one of the top-seeded Red Devils are without Having a stable of performers two teams playing in the question the team everyone is last game, we’re not satisat the skill positions is a dream, chasing. Freeport is loaded at the but the contributions from skill positions and will be more the guys in the trenches than formidable on the line on should not be overlooked. both sides of the ball. The likes Senior Myles Norris, a 6-1, of Oceanside, Farmingdale, and 270-pound tackle, anchors Massapequa figure to be among the offensive line. Norris, those hoping to challenge the Red who finished second in the Devils come playoff time. state wrestling finals in the Long-time head coach Russ 285-pound division, is a force Cellan is optimistic about his on both sides of the ball. team’s chances to once again Depth will enable Cellan make a run at the title. “We had to use a multitude of players a tremendous off-season, and and rest some of his two-way we’re looking pretty good at this interior linemen. Senior point, but you just never know,” Anthony Gentile will handle Cellan said. “I couldn’t ask to be the center duties. Senior in a better situation than we’re in guard Josh Grubbs (6-2, 290 myles norris right now. All of the positions are pounds), junior Jaidan Jackson covered by players with experience (6-3, 265), and seniors and we’re healthy. We’re a year fied. The conference is always Shamel Howard and Troy Saraldi older, and a year better.” tough; there are no easy games. are all in the mix. Senior quarterback Terrance Regardless of who you play, Despite losing three standout Edmond, a four-year varsity player defenders, Jordan Jackson (Stony guys are going to get banged and first-team All-State selection in Brook), Gerard Smikle (Gettysup. You have to play well, stay 2018, is back to lead the Red Dev- burg), and Justin Lescouflair (West healthy, and have a little bit of ils. As a junior, Edmond amassed luck.” Point), the hard-hitting Freeport nearly 900 yards on the ground The Red Devils open things defense should be plenty stingy. and scored 12 touchdowns. When Senior Tristan Sabb, who will also up when they travel to Port things are going according to the be in the rotation on the offensive Washington on Sept. 14. Their blueprint, Freeport is a run-heavy home opener is the following line, and Stevenson should wreak team, however Edmond was 42Friday under the lights against havoc from their defensive end for-68 through the air, and passed positions. Massapequa. for another dozen scores. With Jinks at middle linebacker

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Schedule September 14 @ Port Washington 2:00 p.m. 20 Massapequa 6:00 p.m. 28 @ Syosset 2:00 p.m. October 4 Oceanside 6:00 p.m. 12 Baldwin 2:00 p.m. 18 @ Farmingdale 6:30 p.m. 26 Hempstead 2:00 p.m. November 2 @ Uniondale 3:00 p.m. Photos by John Heckman

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Hewlett Stopping the run is priority for Bulldogs By TONY BELLISSIMO

Setting the tone for lease in the passing game. “He has the unit will be senior some experience under his belt.” Getting the ball in the hands of linebacker Shawn Geotina, senior wideout Zion Blackman will a third-year starter. “We’re ewlett snuck into the be one of Hewlett’s goals. “Zion is looking for Shawn to lead the Conference III playoffs a playmaker with good quickness, younger guys and make a lot for a second straight year of plays,” Palladino said. Also hands and footwork,” Palladino under head coach John Palladino, in the mix to start at linebacker said. “We’ll need him to make who guided the Bulldogs to three things happen.” Additional targets are senior Muiz Hussain, junior victories in a 2018 campaign Daniel Faber, sophomore Evan for Esposito will be senior Oren that ended with a first-round Greenberg and freshman Danny postseason loss to eventual county Shmuel, the lone returning offenPatrick. sive starter, and senior Ryan May, champion Plainedge. In the secondary, senior who should have a size advantage “We fell a little short of our on most defensive backs and pos- Naim Lynch is a returning goal to finish at least 4-4 and starter at cornerback and sesses reliable hands. higher than we were ranked, but quick, scrappy and disciplined. The biggest void for the unit the kids played tough and we Sophomore Mark Winkler, up to fill is the shoes of All-County lost a couple of one-possession running back Vincent Morello, who from JV, could start opposite games,” Palladino said. “This Lynch, with Shmuel playing a year we’re young in a lot of spots. gained over 1,000 yards and led key role at free safety. the team in touchdowns for two We’ve got some nice offensive On special teams, the skill position guys and the line is a consecutive seasons. Sophomore John Zenny, a hard-nosed work in progress. Our big priority on defense is finding a way to stop runner between the tackles, proved himself at the JV level the run.” and finds himself at the top of Hewlett, the No. 10 seed in the 14-team conference, opens at the varsity depth chart at the home under the lights against Glen position. The O-line is shaping up to Cove and takes on cross-town rival Lawrence for Homecoming in be a near mirror image of last year’s JV unit, with the excepWeek 2. Trips to South Side and North Shore round out the first half tion of senior center Antonio Gonzalez, who got a taste of of the schedule. “We’re focused varsity a year ago. Gonzalez, on trying to get to 1-0 and then who worked as hard as anydealing with a big one against one during the offseason acLawrence,” Palladino said. “To cording to Palladino, anchors make the playoffs as a 10-seed, you usually have to beat everyone a group that includes juniors LOuIs EsPOsItO Nate Redillo, Unai Aldasoro, ranked behind you and beat Sebastian Flores and Mueez someone [ranked] ahead of you.” Hameed. “We’ll see how everyPalladino, who served as the Bulldogs have the luxury of one performs in practices and the team’s defensive coordinator for experience in the kicking and 15 years before replacing longtime scrimmage against Manhasset,” punting departments with Palladino said. “We’ll probably head coach Jay Iaquinta prior seniors Ethan Shvartsshteyn and rotate a bunch of linemen.” to the 2017 season, is planning Laurent Dorvilier, respectively. The defensive front is spearto rotate a bunch of linemen in The return teams will feature headed by sophomore Jacob front of senior quarterback Louis Blackman, May, Faber and junior Maiorano, a nose guard who can Esposito, who saw quite a bit of Manny Richards. “We take pride attract double teams and free action a year ago and enjoyed a in special teams,” Palladino said. up linebackers to make tackles. strong offseason. Hameed and many of the other of“He’s a good athlete with fensive line candidates will also be a positive demeanor and work asked to contribute in the trenches ethic,” Palladino said of Esposito, on defense. a slippery runner with a quick re-

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Ryan May

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Schedule

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September Glen Cove 6:00 p.m. Lawrence 2:00 p.m. @ South Side 6:00 p.m. October @ North Shore 3:00 p.m. Lynbrook 6:00 p.m. Roosevelt 2:00 p.m. @ Floral Park 2:00 p.m. November @ Division 6:30 p.m. Photos by John Heckman

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Kennedy Cougars must overcome large roster overhaul By BRIAN KACHARABA

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ennedy just missed making the playoffs for the third straight season in 2018 following a 3-5 campaign under firstyear head coach John McGuire. But whether the Cougars can return to the postseason remains to be seen after losing 25 seniors to graduation. Three of the team’s five losses last season came by an average of six points and a bounce here or there could have put Kennedy on the right side of the postseason ledger. The offense, which averaged almost 25 points a game last year will see lots of new faces, especially at the skill positions. Junior Justin Rosenfeld takes over for the departed Matt Jones at quarterback with senior Liam Orr and junior Zaid Kaileh behind him in the backfield. The Cougars will also have a brand new receiving corps after all five players at the position from last year graduated. Rosenfeld’s only action last season came in a mop-up role against Garden City in the third game, but McGuire said his familiarity with the system, intelligence, and apprenticeship under Jones will make the transition at the game’s most important position seamless. “Justin’s a cerebral kid,” McGuire said. “He has a great grasp of the offense. Justin is also a good baseball player, so he’s built a little more compact, but does have a nice live arm. We’re going to ask a lot of him as a first-year starter.” McGuire is also anxious to see the balance between his two running backs of the “rising” and quick Kalieh with the more powerful Orr, a “swiss army knife” player who also saw time at linebacker, offensive tackle and defensive end. “He’s just a good athlete,” 20 — September 12, 2019

as ends. Leone, DeFilippo McGuire said of Kalieh. “He’s a and Molina all wrestle for twitchy kid [and] another high IQ football kid. You tell him something Kennedy and have a strong once and he gets it. We’re expect- kinship off the field, which could translate into ing a lot out of him.” strong contributions on D. Even though he won’t be the McGuire is looking to tallest player on the field, senior pair up Orr and Vacnin Jason Small could emerge as the team’s most impactful player at his at linebacker. Another JV newest position, wide receiver, and callup, sophomore Adam Schmidt, could start oppocornerback. The 5-foot-11 Small site Small at cornerback and also made an impact on special Kaileh will be the free safety. teams last year by running a kick back 75 yards for a score in the opener against Calhoun. “[He is] a guy that we’re going to depend a lot on,” McGuire said. “He’s going to have to take a step up for us. He’s a good athlete.” The offensive line will be led by three-year varsity player and senior tackle John Ohanian with junior JV callup John Leone likely manning at the other tackle position. Senior Chase Vacnin may have a leg up to be the the starting center, according to McGuire, who also said the starting guards have yet to be determined. The Cougars’ will continue to run a 4-2-5 defense, with senior “Handsome” Dan Dasaro anchoring the line once again. McGuire lauded his speed and strength, LIAM ORR which could pose a matchup nightmare for many opposing offensive linemen. Kennedy, which received the “His first two steps are as 12-seed in Conference II, will quick as anybody, which from a defensive tackle spot is all you are host 11th-seeded Herricks in the season opener on Sept. 14, a asking for,” he said of 5-foot-10, game that McGuire sees as an 230-pound Dasaro. “He’s just naturally strong. He puts his hands early test. After that, McGuire hopes that the Cougars will conon you and he’s got a vice-like tinue to display that competitive grip.” spirit that was evident in 2018. Leone teams with Dasaro on “We just have to be comthe line’s interior, with 6-foot-2 petitive in every game,” he said. athletic junior Matt Cohn, Daniel “Maybe we can we squeak one DeFilippo and up-and-coming out that we shouldn’t.” junior Marcus Molina seeing time HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Jason Small

JOHN OHANLAN

Schedule

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September Herricks 2:00 p.m. @ Manhasset 2:00 p.m. East Meadow 2:00 p.m. October @ Long Beach 3:00 p.m. @ Sewanhaka 2:00 p.m. New Hyde Park 7:00 p.m. V.S. Central 2:00 p.m. November @ Calhoun 2:00 p.m. Photos by Jeff Wilson

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Lawrence Golden Tornadoes have something to prove By TONY BELLISSIMO

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t’s a new era in Lawrence, where Jason Supple takes over the head coaching duties of a team not ranked anywhere in the top three of its conference for the first time anyone can remember. Supple has coached in the program since 2005 and spent the majority of those serving as defensive coordinator under Joe Martillotti, who guided the Golden Tornadoes to five Nassau County championships and three Long Island titles. In Martillotti’s final year, they won seven straight before falling to Plainedge in the regular-season finale and to Lynbrook in the opening round of the Conference III playoffs. “We don’t have a lot of returnees, but the kids are working hard and I think we can compete with the top teams,” Supple said. “As far as experience, everyone ranked above us definitely has more. That’s probably why we’re seeded the lowest we’ve ever been.” Supple’s head coaching debut on the sideline takes place under the Friday night lights at secondseeded South Side, followed by a trip to neighboring rival Hewlett in Week 2. The home slate gets underway in Week 3 when Lynbrook visits in a rematch of last year’s playoff showdown. “Our numbers are down as we’re starting to see the effects of losing the youth program years ago,” Supple said. “We just have to stay focused day to day and play with a chip on our shoulders.” As far as varsity starters, Lawrence brings back only a pair. Senior David Manara will be a key two-way lineman entering his third varsity campaign and first as a captain, and junior receiver Aquan Walker is its most accomplished 22 — September 12, 2019

with a bunch of holes to skill position player. fill. “I think our base with Manara, who played just be with four linemen, but about every snap on offense a we’ll be in other sets,” Supple year ago, is now being counted on heavily to win his battles in the noted. A bunch of seniors with trenches on both sides of the ball. varsity experience are likely to “He’s in great shape and motiassume bigger vated,” Supple said. “He’s been roles, including a leader all offseason and in the Josiah Reed at weight room.” The rest of the line end, Roshawn could be comprised of all juniors, Hines and Mike though one starting spot remains Giordanello at up in the air. Yuri Martinez and linebacker, and Luke Kirchner lead the effort at Erik Ulloa at safety. guard, and Aiden Gwyn at tackle. Manara and MartiReplacing All-County quarterback Christian Fredericks is nez are projected to last year’s backup, Jack Abecassis. start at tackle, Hwang leads a linebacker group As a junior, Abecassis got his feet that includes sophomore wet in mop-up duty in a handful Caleb Diamond, and Walker of games. He was the JV starter in 2017. “He’s a nice-sized kid with a strong arm who’s come a long way in the mental part of the game,” Supple said. “He put in a ton of time during the summer. He’s a pocket type but also athletic.” Walker, sophomore Kanye Robinson and senior Pat Cave will serve as targets when Abecassis’ arm goes to work. Walker will get some carries out of the backfield as well. “We need Aquan to produce,” Supple said. “He’s our most skilled kid and we’ll DaviD Manara look to move him around and get him the ball as much as possible.” Robinson, up from and Cave will start at cornerJV, is a tall receiver with reliable hands, and Cave will operate from back. On special teams, junior the slot. Steven Canales is the new kicker Expected to lead the way in and the combination of Walker carries is senior running back Eric and Cave will try to make noise Hwang, a downhill type who can grind out tough yardage and keep on kick/punt returns. the chains moving. With Supple shifting his attention to the offense, previously run by Martillotti, Pat Palleschi is calling the shots on defense. The unit is considering a work in progress HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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September @ South Side 6:00 p.m. @ Hewlett 2:00 p.m. Lynbrook 2:00 p.m. October Plainedge 3:00 p.m. @ Glen Cove 3:00 p.m. Division 2:00 p.m. @ Roosevelt 2:00 p.m. November Floral Park 3:00 p.m. Photos by John Heckman

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Long Beach Marines seek playoffs in Conference II return By TONY BELLISSIMO

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ack tangling with the likes of Garden City, Carey and Elmont in Conference II, the Marines have plenty of question marks to address after a 2-6 finish in Conference I a year ago. “We had a couple of disappointing losses that kept us out of the playoffs for the second year in a row,” Long Beach head coach Scott Martin said. “We’re jumping back down to Conference II and we’re looking to get back to the playoffs.” Seeded ninth in the 14-team conference, the Marines dive right into the fire against three-time defending county champion Garden City in Week 1. The home opener is the following Saturday against No. 13 Sewanhaka. “The schedule is what we’re used to and it has some ebbs and flows,” Martin said. “They way the seeds go, we have to find a way to jump at least one spot.” Long Beach’s roster is a mix of varsity returnees, though only a handful of kids bring starting experience, and newcomers. Three spots look secure on the offensive line, with senior Dylan Rutherig returning at center, senior John Schaeffer at left guard, and senior Jananda Hamilton-Ordona at left tackle. Four others — seniors Thomas Corso, Jakub Parker and Dominic DiCristi and junior Marco Silvestri — are competing for the right side vacancies. Rutherig knows the system well and needs to be consistent on shotgun snaps. Schaeffer, who played a significant role last season, has a high motor and an aggressive style, and Hamilton possesses powerful legs. “They’re tough athletes,” Martin said. Corso didn’t play in 2018 but brings good size and technique to the

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Shaquan Johnson

White is the likely punter and Rutherig, senior Brooke Yellin and junior Gia Simbari are vying to kick.

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Schedule September 14 @ Garden City 2:00 p.m. 20 Sewanhaka 7:00 p.m. 28 @ Elmont 2:00 p.m. October 5 Kennedy 3:00 p.m. 12 Mepham 2:00 p.m. 19 @ Herricks 2:00 p.m. 26 Carey 2:00 p.m. November 2 @ New Hyde Park 3:00 p.m. Photos by Ron Manfredi

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Lynbrook Defense sets tone for versatile Owls By TONY BELLISSIMO

second-leading tackler and led the LoCicero is expecting it to continue behind way in the weight room throughtalented junior Ethan out offseason workouts. The Hoyte, who is speedy 250-pound Singh didn’t come off he Owls won four of their five games in the second half the field last season as a two-way and shifty out of the backfield. “We think of last season, highlighted by starting lineman and on defense can snuff the run and pressure the he’s as explosive as an upset of No. 2-seed Lawrence anyone we’ve had in in the first round of the Conference quarterback. a while,” the coach Junior DeMarco Lee can III playoffs. noted. Dalrymple “I think we’re going to have a factor into the linebacker mix, and classmate Mewhile the secondary will feature pretty solid team and we want to khi Lewis will be playing our best football at the Donte Quilca and Angel Duran at get some the safety spots and senior Alec end of the year,” Lynbrook head handoffs. Estrin and sophomore Christian coach Steve LoCicero said. “We In graduated 38, which is close to our Meszaros at cornerback. LoCicero the passing norm, and we’ll carry about 42 on believes Quilca is the school’s top game, seniors Jack Rogers and varsity. The numbers are down but athlete in his class. Jake Belmont will serve as the Who’ll start alongside Singh still pretty good considering where primary targets. Rogers can also in the defensive trenches was up some other schools are at.” make things happen on special for grabs heading into Lynbrook’s LoCicero is looking for a defense led by standout linebacker game scrimmage against Sewanhaka. Senior Adrian Duran, Dominick Barbuto to make the who missed 2018 with a torn Owls a headache to face every ACL, looked strong in camp, week, starting with a challenging as did senior Ethan Marcus, opener on the road against Rooswho started four games at evelt. Lynbrook is seeded sixth in the 14-team conference and plays center a year ago. “We’ll be shuffling a lot Floral Park in its Homecoming of kids on both sides of the game in Week 2. “Our conference is always loaded with quality line,” said LoCicero, who also expects junior James Gilmartin teams and coaches,” LoCicero to be part of the rotation. said. “You can’t take anyone “Many of them got plenty of lightly.” The Owls missed Barbuto for reps last season and we’ll see how it all plays out.” the first four games a year ago, The offensive line depth going 1-3 while he recovered DOMINICK BARBUTO chart heading into September from an injury. He still finished as had Marcus in the middle their leading tackler and totaled with Gilmartin and senior 45 in two playoff games alone. Michael Urena at guard, and Singh teams, while junior Patrick Osnes “He’s real special and the best and Adrian Duran at tackle. Junior showed playmaking ability in player we’ve had in a long time,” Jonathan Rivas will also contribute. camp. Barbuto is a standout LoCicero said of the 6-foot-3, tight end and will be joined by Lynbrook used three quar235-pounder who’s verbally comSerro in certain sets. mitted to West Point amid multiple terbacks last season due to injury “One of the biggest things and enters the new campaign with college offers. we’re excited about is we can Seniors Danny Dalrymple, Kyle a pair of capable signal-callers. show multiple looks on both Senior Cameron Fabel and junior Serro and Jassjeet Singh are also key returning defenders. Dalrymple Joe Giovinco, last year’s JV starter, sides of the ball,” LoCicero said. Giovinco will handle the will both get a chance to direct brings a high football IQ and a kicking and punting responsibilithe unit. “They’re both very good good set of wheels and tackling ties. In addition to Rogers, it’ll be athletes,” LoCicero said. ability. He’ll play some outside Hoyte and junior Lamar Collins The Owls did plenty of damlinebacker and safety. Serro, an age on the ground last season and on the return units. inside linebacker, was the team’s

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MacArthur Experienced Generals figure to be a handful By ANDREW COEN

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acArthur finished near  the top of Conference II  last year with nearly an  entirely new team.    Now with much more  experience back, the Generals are  looking to take the next step as  a program following a 6-4 2018  season that ended with a 13-7  semifinal loss to Carey at Hofstra  University’s Shuart Stadium. MacArthur, which finished in fourth  place despite beginning last year  with only three returning starters,  brought back more than half of its  offensive lineup when it opened  camp Aug. 19.   “We took some pretty big  steps last year,” said longtime head  coach Bobby Fehrenbach, a former  standout football player for the  Generals in the 1990s who has led  them to two county titles. “With a  lot of kids back expectations are  higher.”   The Generals return six offensive starters including senior  tailback Hugh Kelleher, who rushed  for more than 1,200 yards last  season. Kelleher rushed for 180  yards on 28 carries in MacArthur’s  7-0 first round playoff win against  Elmont. He is also a capable receiving threat out of the backfield and  sometimes gets direct snaps out of  the wildcat formation.   “He is big, fast and strong,”  said Fehrenbach of Kelleher. “He  carried the load for us the entire  year.”   An experienced offensive line  should provide plenty of holes for  Kelleher. Senior Sean Tierney and  junior Andrew Calderon return  as starting tackles. Junior Greg  Milau will be starting center for the  second straight season.   Kelleher is joined in the  backfield by senior fullback Mike  Esposito, who will be counted  26 — September 12, 2019

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Malverne Mules becoming fixtures in playoffs By TONY BELLISSIMO

crack the starting lineup. will lead the team in carries and As is often the case in also contribute as a slot receiver. Conference IV, Lockwood said it’ll “I don’t think he’s well-known be difficult to avoid counting on around the conference but he’s a he Mules have become a handful of guys to get the job sleeper to bust out and do some somewhat of a fixture in done on both sides of the ball. damage,” Lockwood said. the Nassau Conference IV Even the quarterback, Teachey, Junior Mike Warren tops the playoffs with four consecutive who’ll start at cornerback, will depth chart at receiver after appearances and they’re right on hauling down five scoring grabs a be no stranger to helping keep the bubble, on paper, to continue opponents off the scoreboard. year ago. He’s also a standout on the streak as the No. 8 preseason Senior Quentin Hughes will the basketball court. “He’s a really seed. set the defensive tone from a good athlete and receiver,” Lock“We graduated 17 from last middle linebacker spot. “He’s very wood said. “He’s an aggressive year’s team and we’re not going to have much depth,” head coach route runner with good speed and intense and physical with great anticipation skills,” Lockwood said. the ability to make a tremendous Kito Lockwood said. “It’s a fitting “He gets everyone motivated.” impact.” schedule and should be fun. It’s Ridley and Tyson will also play Junior Jonathan Cherry is also going to allow us to grow, which is inside linebacker, with Cowan and good considering our inexperience. in the mix at wideout. A pair of Blagrove likely on the outside. Playing Seaford in Week 1 will give tight ends, most notably junior Most of the offensive linemen Miles Tyson, saw action on varsity us an immediate taste of a highlast fall after the JV program level opponent.” folded due to declining numMalverne, which finished 5-4 bers. Tyson would have been overall in 2018 and suffered a the JV starting quarterback. first-round playoff exit courtesy “He threw the ball well during of neighboring East Rockaway, summer drills and demonwill play three of its four home strated leadership qualities,” games under the lights: Seaford Lockwood said. Now Tyson in the opener, Friends Academy in will serve as one of Teachey’s Week 2, and Valley Stream South targets. Junior Christian in Week 6. The lone traditional Cowan will also work at tight Saturday afternoon game at the end. Ocean Avenue campus is Week Lockwood is counting 5’s Homecoming clash with Island on the offensive line to be Trees. Opponents will have to contend an area of strength. The unit is anchored by 6-foot-2, with the Mules’ dual-threat 245-pound junior center at quarterback, senior Rashad GERARDO DELLIGATTI Teachey. He started the majority of Gerardo Delligatti, who can games under center two years ago play anywhere up front. “He had a great sophomore year and has improved arm strength and participated in a top prospect will form the defensive front, to go with an explosive pair of while Warren serves as the legs. A year ago, he contributed as camp during the offseason,” leader in the secondary at safety. Lockwood said. Senior third-year a tailback. “Rashad’s a talented Warren will also handle punting young man and one of the fastest guard/tackle Chris Jean-Baptiste duties. is the most experienced lineman kids in the county,” Lockwood For a second straight year, said. “He can score from anywhere on the roster, and junior Jayden Lee-Mitchell steps into a full-time, Malverne will take on New Hyde on the field. If we can get him to Park in a game scrimmage a complete half of his pass attempts, two-way role after playing mostly week before playing for keeps. on the defensive side in 2018. we’ll be in business.” “We have a lot of work to do,” Senior Patrel Codling returned to Taking over as feature back in Lockwood said. the program after a one-year abthe running game is senior Louis sence, while sophomores D’Andre Ridley, another track star with explosiveness. Lockwood said Ridley Blagrove and Justin Murphy aim to

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MephaM Promising Pirates’ offense seeing double By DAVID WEINGRAD

the first football in the game White was injured. player in Mepham’s “He’s a fit guy who can move,” history to play junior said Cracco. “Defensively, he’s as varsity as an eighth uarterback competitions in good as it gets.” grader, following a Ryan, a returning two-year high school training camps starter like his brother, is extremely district rule change. come in all shapes and agile for his size, and will be locked With a sizes, ranging from artificial to a in at guard and defensive end. true, mano-a-mano showdown Interestingly, they won’t be between two worthy competithe only set of twins fortifying tors. At Mepham this summer, it’s Mepham’s offensive and defensive certainly the latter. The contenders? Senior Sean lines. Colin and Nick Liese – at center and guard, respectively, with White and junior Billy Kender, both of whom started four games both coupling as interior defensive lineman – are disruptive, athletic apiece last season. For head coach Anthony Crac- players who are strong assets in Mepham’s screen game. co, it’s a great problem to have. “I don’t know if I can White broke camp as the Enio Rivas remember having twins before this, starting quarterback last season before a collarbone injury sidelined let alone two sets in the senior group,” Cracco mused. him for the rest of the season in Having lost several Week 4. In stepped Kender, whose linemen to graduation, Cracsteady play guided Mepham to a 5-3 finish and a thrilling first round co said it was his biggest playoff game that ultimately ended question mark coming into with Mepham losing in overtime to training camp. But midway through camp those worries crosstown rival Calhoun. have since been alleviated. According to Cracco, it’s “We have a really good group possible that both many win the of offensive and defensive starting job. “Right now it’s as wide open lineman,” he said. “There are as the day it was when it started,” seven to eight kids that we are confident enough to see said the coach in late August, significant time.” adding that if the season were to On the offensive side of start today, “then I have two quarthe ball, Cracco said Kenny terbacks. Ultimately the goal is to win the game, so if you have a hot Franquiz has impressed the KEVIN KAZOKAS coaching staff this training hand, you’ll ride the hot hand.” camp, especially coming off an The coach’s confidence is injury-riddled season a year ago, rooted in both players’ ability to wealth of potential, Cracco dehandle the uncertainty that comes and will contribute as a receiver. cided it’d be beneficial for his Senior Kevin Kazokas will play in with competition. Indeed, White and Kender have been nothing but the backfield and slot receiver, and growth to play up in varsity this year. “He’s definitely got a supportive of one another, he said. senior Enio Rivas is a wideout/ tremendous amount of upside,” cornerback. It also helps when you have said Cracco, “and he’ll help us in The coach expressed excitean offense bolstered by returning a lot of different ways the next ment over two younger players, All-County player Matt Hegi and Billy Molloy and Dominick Novello. four years. his twin brother lineman Ryan. Ranked seventh of 14 Molloy joined the varsity late last Matt, who Cracco estimated is teams in Conference II, Mepham year as for the stretch run as a one of the top defensive players opens their season on Sept. 14 sophomore and contributed on on Long Island, played all over at third-ranked Carey and will both sides of the ball. the field for Mepham last season, host their home opener on Sept. Novello last year became including a stint at quarterback

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28 against Sewanhaka. Featuring a brand of football where the game is won in the trenches, Cracco believes his team has the right personnel to succeed and possibly make a deep playoff run. “I think we’re a team that’s going to compete week in and week out,” he said. “If we can stay healthy and continue to get better, we can have the opportunity to win a bunch of games. The expectation is always to be a playoff team and to make some noise down the stretch.”

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Schedule September 14 @ Carey 3:00 p.m. 21 @ New Hyde Park 2:00 p.m. 28 Sewanhaka 2:00 p.m. October 5 MacArthur 3:00 p.m. 12 @ Long Beach 2:00 p.m. 19 Garden City 3:00 p.m. 26 @ Elmont 2:30 p.m. November 2 Herricks 3:00 p.m. Photos by Jeff Wilson

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Oceanside Sailors capable of another deep playoff By ANDREW McCLURE

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ceanside followed up its magical 2017 championship season with another terrific fall on the gridiron. The Sailors made plenty of noise, going 6-2 in league play, winning a pair of playoff games, and advancing to their third Nassau Conference I title game in four years where they were humbled by Freeport. Graduation was tough on the Oceanside, but the Sailors return enough talent to warrant being selected as the league’s second seed. With 10 sophomores and two freshmen on the roster, a young team will battle with the likes of Baldwin, Massapequa, Farmingdale, and Uniondale to be among those jockeying for a high playoff seed. Freeport is clearly the team to beat in Conference I. Rob Blount, in his 11th season as Oceanside’s head coach, knows he’ll have to be patient. “This is as young as we’ve been in a long time,” Blount said. “We lost a lot of talent, but we have four returning starters on the offensive line. We had to go a little slower than we normally do in camp. It’s going to take time to jell. We have a tough schedule, so we’re going to find out who we are pretty early on.” Sophomore quarterback Charlie McKee announced his presence with authority as a freshman. McKee threw for nearly 2,500 yards while completing 63 percent of his passes. He exceeded all expectations by throwing 27 touchdown passes. He was picked off just six times. “Last year, we had a good feeling about his ability, but he shocked us with his composure,” Blount said. “He’s never too high or too low. His footwork and mechanics have improved, and the TO ADVERTISE CALL 516-569-4000

game is slowing down for him. He some time to grow as a unit. Platia will man one of the can make all the throws.” cornerback positions, with Senior Thomas Flavin was the team’s leading rusher in 2018, and McCormick and junior Joe Bruguglio vying for the other he also had a knack for catching corner. Bruguglio will also be the ball out of the backfield. He’ll the team’s kicker and play the slot and take on a bigger punter. role in the passing game. Junior Andres Duran, who earned Honorable Mention All-County honors as a sophomore while playing at Lawrence, will be a huge addition to Oceanside’s rushing attack. Nick Platia, an All-County selection, caught 36 passes, six for touchdowns, as a junior. He’ll be McKee’s top target. Blount is high on sophomore Dan McCormick. Senior safety Thomas Schmitt is He sees McCormick as a legitimate vertical threat. Senior Danny Mullin the quarterback of the defense. Flais a solid possession receiver. Senior center KC Carlson anchors what figures to be a formidable offensive line. Carlson, who hasn’t had a bad snap in two years, does a great job of recognizing defensive fronts and calling blocking assignments. Left guard Jay Jackson is a big, physical player who needs to be good for the offense to roll. Senior right tackle Joe Ruggieri, junior left tackle Mario DePasquale and junior right guard Giff Stiansen round out what is without DANNY MULLIN question one of Oceanside’s strengths. The defense is experienced, vin will be tasked with stopping but some holes must be filled. the run from his safety position. Mullin, a two-year starter, will set Senior Eric Maisch is pushing for the tone at defensive end or outtime in the secondary. side linebacker. Carlson will start “How we get through the at defensive end for the first time. Jackson and 6-foot, 300-pound se- first few weeks will be big nior Jared Gonzalez will be tasked for us,” Blount said. “There’s definitely going to be some with stuffing opposing running adversity to overcome, but the games in the middle of the line. expectations don’t change. The inside linebacking tandem We’ve been to three of the last of Duran and Ruggieri should be four championship games. The one of the better pairings in the goal is to get back there.” county. The secondary will need HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Nick Platia

Oceanside kicks off the season at Hempstead, then hosts Farmingdale in the home opener on Friday night in Week 2.

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Schedule 14 20 28 4 12 18 26 2

September @ Hempstead 2:00 p.m. Farmingdale 6:00 p.m. Baldwin 2:00 p.m. October @ Freeport 6:00 p.m. @ Uniondale 2:00 p.m. Plainview 6:00 p.m. @ Syosset 2:00 p.m. November Massapequa 2:30 p.m. Photos by Jeff Wilson

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SeafOrd Vikings aim to regain championship status By ANDREW COEN

because our numbers aren’t as big signal-caller guided Seaford to as the bigger schools.” a Long Island title as a sophoPerpall, who has captured six more with some clutch throws county titles and two Long Island during the Vikings’ magical 2017 n the heels of a first place postseason run. Last year, Masters championships in his nearly two regular season and a decades leading the Seaford fourth straight county finals propelled Seaford into the county sidelines, credits his coaching title game with one touchdown appearance, Seaford football is staff for setting the program up focused on returning to the top of pass and a two-yard scoring for success. The varsity assistant run en route to a 28-0 semifinal the mountain. coaches include Mike Urio, Mike win against West Hempstead at Seaford graduated 20 seniors Wimmer, Brian Gilpert, Ron Lacy from last year’s 8-3 team that won Hofstra. and Joe Knoll. Andrew Hosken is Masters will have plenty the Conference IV regular season title and reached the county finals of[potential receiving weapons out the JV head coach, who Perpall of the backfield and with O’Hagan credits for developing future varsity for a fourth straight year before standouts. falling to Cold Spring Harbor in the at tight end and Kyle Pfieffer at ”We have an outstanding wide receiver. Pfieffer enters his championship game at Hofstra’s staff,” Perpall said. “Everybody first season in the varsity offense Shuart Stadium. While a large works hard.” after shining on JV as a sophoveteran presence that made hisPerpall said Seaford’s longmore. tory at Seaford with back-to-back time youth football program, Much Seaford’s offense also county titles in 2017 and 2018 starts on defense with Brandi, has departed, many key returners are back and motivated to hold up Quinn and O’Hagan anchoring the defensive line. Brandi that trophy once again. recorded seven tackles in “This is a focused team,” said Seaford’s 45-16 win against longtime head coach Rob Perpall. East Rockaway last October. “We want to get back into the Varsity newcomer Nick Barcounty championship and we want reriros adds some athleticism to win it.” The Vikings return plenty of ex- on defense at defensive back. Craig Archer and Russell are perience on the offensive line this slated to patrol the middle of season from seniors Nick Brandi, the defense at linebacker. Tim Russell, Pat Quinn, Connor On special teams, Seaford Vandusen and Joe Cain. Nick graduated starting kicker Luciano, Kyle Sinclair, Cody Cole, Andrew Cuchel. The Vikings center Cody Cole and tight end will now turn to varsity boys Brendan O’Hagan will play also soccer player Rob Beronplay integral roles in the trenches NICK BraNdI cini for extra points, field goals as juniors. and kickoffs. “We have a decent line,” Seaford was seeded second Perpall said. “We’re not big, but the Long Island Broncos has also in Conference IV behind only we have speed and experience.” played a major role with creating defending champion Cold Spring The line will look to open up a championship atmosphere at Harbor., who the Vikings will face lanes for an explosive Seaford Seaford High School. The veteran rushing attack featuring returning in a road game on Oct. 5. The head coach has organized free Green and White’s first home senior running backs Tom Viscio, game is slated for Sept. 20 against youth clinics with the Broncos, Andrew Volpi, Chris Surace and which has helped Seaford boost Clarke. The eight-game regular Jason Rebaudo. Juniors Craig season schedule concludes on Oct. its football participation numbers Ackerman, Jake Murphy and Rob over the years despite being 26 at East Rockaway. Necco provide the Vikings added one of Nassau County’s smallest “We have a very good team, backfield depth. but we have to keep getting better high schools. Senior quarterback Logan “We have a great Bronco Masters returns for his third season and stay healthy,” Perpall said. “It’s program that has been trementough to play in Conference IV leading the offense. The veteran

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Schedule September 13 @ Malverne 7:00 p.m. 20 Clarke 6:30 p.m. 28 V.S. South 2:30 p.m. October 5 @ C.S. Harbor 6:00 p.m. 12 @ West Hempstead 2:00 p.m. 18 Island Trees 6:30 p.m. 26 @ East Rockaway 2:00 p.m. November 2 Locust Valley 3:00 p.m. Photos by ron Manfredi

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Sewanhaka Hard-working Indians looking to surprise By ANDREW MCCLURE

tough to bring down. Senior Marc will also be in the defensive backfield Lynch and junior Toryn Hayden, a newcomer to the program, are part rotation. Senior of a strong stable of running backs. Omari March will see t is more or less a given that Junior Xavier Lesperance is also in time at defensive end Conference II is the deepest and could fill in at slot the mix for time in the backfield. of the four football leagues in When the Indians go to the air, receiver. Nassau County. With perennialKasimatis is optithey have speed and size at wide powers Garden City, Carey, and out. Seniors Preston Harts and Em- mistic that his team MacArthur nearly always fighting for supremacy, and the addition of manuel Turbi return with a year of could have a good varsity experience under their belts. season. “Everyone is 0-0 East Meadow to the conference, Senior Matthew Lynch will also be right now,” Kasimatis said. each weekend brings another “I’m excited about seeing this part of the passing game. dogfight. team on the field. We’re a low Senior guard Jeremiah Mirville After an opening day victory seed, but the schedule is still brings talent and experience to over New Hyde Park at home, tough. We’re a little different this Sewanhaka was unable to find the the offensive line. Senior Patrick year in that we have guys whose Marcelin has come a long way in win column again in 2018. The first sport is football. Our numbers relatively inexperienced Indians are a short period of time. Marcelin are not great, so we cannot afford is slated to play the other guard the No. 13 seed, but if they can injuries. We’re being a little more position. stay healthy, and get strong play There’s a friendly competifrom the big guys on the line, they tion at center between junior might be able to surprise some Holy Gaboton and senior opponents in 2019. Head coach George Kasimatis, Anthony Maldonado. Each is capable of playing multiple in his 11th season as the helm at positions on the line. Senior Sewanhaka, likes the look of his group. “We had our best offseason tackle Jordin Alexandre has made considerable improvein a long time,” Kasimatis said. “The sessions in the weight room, ment. Junior JonHector SolerSierra, senior Max Muneeb, the seven-on-seven drills, and the and sophomore Efraim Cortes team meetings were all very wellwill all be in the rotation on attended. We have a dedicated the line. bunch of guys. They have positive Many of the same names attitudes and high energy levels.” will occupy positions on Sewanhaka has a battle in defense. Junior defensive end camp to see who will get the nod at quarterback. Chuk Uchendu has Frantz Compere is a player CHRISTIAN MULLINGS the ability to throw on the run and Kasimatis is high on. Compere is cerebral and has a good lead the team’s zone-read attack motor. Mirville will play tackle from the shotgun. Fellow senior or end on the defensive side of the cautious in practice and limiting Christian Mullings, a three-year ball, with Maldonado and Gabaton the amount of live hitting. varsity player, is neck and neck The Indians open things up looking to clog up opposing runwith Uchendu. If he’s not calling at home when they welcome in signals, Mullings has the versatility ning games in the middle of the district rival Elmont. After trips to play anywhere in the backfield. trenches. to Long Beach and Mepham, Marc Lynch and Lowry are the “They have very similar skills they’ll host New Hyde Park for team’s inside linebackers. Hayden at quarterback,” Kasimatis said. Homecoming in Week 4. “They’re pushing one another, and and Lesperance have a leg up on as a result they’re both getting bet- the competition at the outside backer positions. Matthew Lynch, ter.” Harts, Turbi, Mullins, and Uchendu Junior running back Brian will comprise what should be a Lowry is quick off the ball, has strong secondary. Oumar Cisse a low center of gravity, and is

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Jordin Alexandre

JEREMIAH MIRVILLE

Schedule 14 20 28 5 12 18 25 2

Elmont 2:00 p.m. @ Long Beach 7:00 p.m. @ Mepham 2:00 p.m. October New Hyde Park 3:00 p.m. Kennedy 2:00 p.m. @ Calhoun 7:00 p.m. @ Herricks 6:00 p.m. November V.S. Central 3:00 p.m. Photos by Sue Grieco

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South Side Cyclones have eyes on the ultimate prize By ANDREW COEN

ing some key extra points during Cyclones. The versatile LiCalzi is the breakthrough 2018 season. also a weapon in the running Mark Weber is slated to handle the game and registered 1,100 allouth Side exceeded expecta- purpose yards with 12 touchdowns punting duties. South Side will have a far more tions with a young team last as a junior. He totaled 250 yards in a 39-20 win against Valley South, challenging schedule than last year year in reaching the county which included an 84-yard kickoff as the number two seed starting semifinals after getting seeded with back-to-back games to open return. seventh in preseason. the season against Lawrence and Onesto will often run three, Now the tables are turned with a more experienced Cyclones four or even five-receiver offensive at Roosevelt. The Cyclones will get challenged late in the season squad seeded No. 2 in Conference sets with skilled athletes capable of taking on the running back role at home against Wantagh for a III entering the 2019 campaign in certain formations. In addition to Friday night game on Oct., 11 that where they will look to build off features a rematch of last year’s last year’s surprise 7-3 season that LiCalzi, South Side’s deep receiver Conference III semifinals that the corps features returners Richie was highlighted by knocking off Petrone and Ezavier Brewster. Var- Warriors won 34-7. The regular longtime county power Roosevelt season concludes at defending sity newcomers TJ McNicholas, in the first round of the playoffs. county champion and top-seeded The upset win at Roosevelt, 20-14 Brady West, TJ Maher and Pat Plainedge. Feiner provide the Pickett added in overtime, marked South Side’s Onesto, who is entering his options to the Cyclones’ passing first postseason win in 17 years game. and gave it a taste of playing on “With our offense it is the bit stage at Hofstra’s Shuart going to be difficult to know Stadium. what we are going to be “We really came together doing week-to-week, “ said as a team last year,” said head Onesto of the fast-paced coach Phil Onesto, who was a offense designed to keep wide receiver on the last previous opposing defenses on their Cyclone team to play at Hofstra during a magical county title run in toes. “Each week our offense is going to evolve a lot.” 2001 prior to the 2018 semifinal The Cyclones return two appearance. “It was very special.” Quarterback William Pickett pro- starting offensive linemen in guards Luca Mormando and pelled South Side to the program’s Michael Murray. The line will landmark playoff victory with a 1-yard touchdown in overtime that feature several new faces this capped off a 214-yard rushing day. fall with Andrew Fingleton, The athletic 6-1, 230-pound senior Connor Dotzler, James Garrett NICK LICALZI and Jack Temple expected to is now focused on a big final seaplay key roles in the blocking son of high school football where game. he is looking to become more of a ninth year as head coach and South Side’s defense brings passing threat to go along with his is looking for his alma mater to back plenty of experience in the running ability. continue the momentum after “He really improved his passing secondary led by LiCalzi, who accomplishing his longtime garnered second team All County this summer,” said Onesto of honors at safety last season, along goal of playing in the semifinals Pickett, who ran for about 1,300 at Hofstra. The Cyclones have with Brewster and Petrone at yards and three for around 500 during his junior season, “His goal cornerback. Maher and Matt Lozito now reached the playoffs three are also expected to be a presence straight years following a previis 1,000 yards passing.” ous seven-year drought. in the defensive backfield with Pickett has a number of “Our goal is a county chamPickett anchoring the middle of the potential receivers to open up pionship,” Onesto said. “Just defense at linebacker. the passing game with including getting to Hofstra is not good On special teams, kicker TJ senior Nick LiCalzi, who will enter enough anymore.” McNicholas returns after converthis fourth varsity season with the

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Schedule 13 21 27 5 11 19 25 2

September Lawrence 6:00 p.m. @ Roosevelt 2:00 p.m. Hewlett 6:00 p.m. October @ V.S. North 3:00 p.m. Wantagh 6:00 p.m. Lynbrook 2:00 p.m. @ Plainedge 6:30 p.m. November @ Bethpage 3:00 p.m. Photos by Keith O’Reilly

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V.S. CenTral Eagles boast lofty expectations: semifinals By BRIAN KACHARABA

bino said of Fanor. Grimsley return to the backfield. Grimsley showed potential with 111 “He’s a big-time rushing yards and two touchdowns competitor.” “Our goal is Hofstra.” Rubino said in a 21-6 win over Manhasset in Lewis is the second game of the season and hat’s the matter-of-fact boast “sound on ran for two more scores against by Valley Stream Central defense” New Hyde Park three weeks later. head coach Mike Rubino as Phillips had an 83-yard touchdown and a great his team made final preparations run against Herricks and also scored communicafor the 2019 season. The Eagles qualified for the postseason last year in the playoff game against Garden tor with his teammates on positioning. He also noted his constant City. with a 3-5 regular-season before “They’re both strong and they’re improvement at the position over falling to powerhouse Garden City the years and is someone who can in the Nassau II quarterfinal, but can both athletic,” Rubino said. “They make an impact on defense as well. a team that lost its record-breaking can both run and catch, so we’re Two-year starter Jerry Valentine lucky to have that depth at running quarterback while not knowing who and Jackson will help at safety. will replace him under center attain back. Valentine could also see time at Jacob Tejada, Wakeem Jackson such a lofty goal? receiver and having two athletic and Omar Waterton comprise Rubino thinks so. players at that position in the defenthe receiving corps. Jackson, who “We’ve done the hard work in sive backfield can result in plenty of the offseason,” he said. “We know caught a touchdown pass in last year’s season opener against what we have. We checked that off. Carey, can stretch the field We’re ready to go.” with his “blazing speed” and Armani O’Brady, who ran for a school-record 357 yards in a come- Tejada’s athleticism and vertical leap should also benefit whomback win over New Hyde Park last ever is at quarterback. season, graduated last spring and There will be some stability left huge shoes to fill. At press time, on the offensive line with the Rubino is choosing between seniors Jordan McRay and Robert Nunez to returns of tackle Ramario Jackson, a two-year captain be the starting quarterback for the and three-year starter, and Eagles’ season-opening rematch guards Nick Jones and junior against the Gladiators on Sept. 14. Reece Kaufman. Those three “It’s got to be by committee, of will also see plenty of action of course,” Rubino said of replacing the defensive line along with O’Brady. “It’s not going to be one Grimsley and Tejada as the guy to fill the shoes of him. We’re Eagles will again operate out of ROBERT NUNEZ confident in the guys we have. their customary 4-2-5 scheme. We’re proud of the offseason they “We’re pretty deep up had.” front,” Rubino said. “We’re McRay has performed well in turnovers. practice so far, according to Rubino, pretty athletic too so they got to “We expect an interception to get off the ball quick and let the and is learning how to carry that be six points,” Rubino said. linebackers make plays.” over into game action. Rubino Those linebackers include Nunez No team on the 10th-seeded lauded Nunez for his leadership Eagles’ schedule finished better and Phillips. and his intelligence and love for the than 5-3 during the 2018 regular The starting cornerbacks from game. season and only two of their last season are also back in senior “He’s probably one of the best Chris Lewis and junior Dawin Fanor. opponents had that mark, so leaders I’ve ever been around Fanor, who also plays basketball, is a a winning record and another coaching football, regardless of level or age,” Rubino said of Nunez. big and physical defender who was playoff berth is certainly not out of “He’s really steady [and] he lives for asked to do a lot in coverage to take the question. a little pressure off of Lewis. football. He thinks about it 24/7.” “He’s a game-time player,” RuSeniors Lionel Phillips and Nate

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Wakeem Jackson

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Schedule 14 21 27 5 12 19 26 2

September New Hyde Park 2:00 p.m. Calhoun 2:00 p.m. @ MacArthur 7:00 p.m. October @ Herricks 3:00 p.m. Manhasset 2:00 p.m. East Meadow 2:00 p.m. @ Kennedy 2:00 p.m. November @ Sewanhaka 3:00 p.m. Photos by Keith O’Reilly

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V.S. North Spartans return plenty of important pieces By DAVID WEINGRAD

he said. “We think he’s going to be the game of football. She sets an example during practice.” a breakthrough player this year.” The Spartans will open as the McGrath is backed by junior Matt seventh-ranked team in Conferhris Wagner may be the new Mahony, who was the starting ence III out of 14 teams. They’ll head coach of Valley Stream quarterback for the JV squad last face an immediate test in their season. North football this season, opening game on Sept. 13 visiting The Spartans’ offensive and but he brings with him 43 years of third-ranked Wantagh in a Friday coaching experience, most recently defensive line has the potential evening game under the lights, to be a major strength, steered as an assistant at Oyster Bay. His and their home opener — on a by hulking tackle Lucas Grillo. voice vibrated with excitement as brand new turf field — will take At 6-foot tall and 285 points, he he discussed his first few months takes great in pride in his strength place two weeks later against with his new team and the new Division High School on Sept. and conditioning. “He can move players he’ll be coaching. 28. They’ll wrap their season anybody,” said Wagner. “He has “We have a nice group of a great attitude and we think he’s at home on Nov. 2 against kids who are principally juniors going to be the cornerstone for the North Shore. and seniors,” Wagner said before While Wagner said he offensive line.” hailing his longtime predecessor. is still learning the ropes Alongside Grillo will be a “Tom Schiavo did a wonderful with his new team, combination of upperclassmen job getting kids out here to play Chima Arukwe, Peter Mura, Johnny he feels they are right football.” where they want to Wagner said that while he has Sofield, Frank Urso, Dylan Hernandez, Peter Meehan, Yianni no intention of making drastic Daniil and Denzel Blake. changes to the team’s offensive “We’re sifting through the approach this season, he intends players,” Wagner said. “We’re to introduce some elements on got a lot of talented lineman. defense that were successful durWe’re looking to get the ing his time at Oyster Bay. right combination at the right It makes perfect sense to spots.” maintain the status quo on the The Spartans, who won offensive side when you have a returning All-County running back their opening and closing games in 2018 but dropped who rushed for 1,400 yards and six straight in between, will 14 touchdowns a year ago, as employ a three-receiver is the case for the Spartans with offense. Wagner highlighted senior Timothy Hutchinson, who was a finalist for the Thorp Award, Ryan John – only one of two sophomores on the team – as an honor distributed annually to LUCAS GRILLO a young kid with a bright the county’s top player. future. Other players who “He’s a special talent,” said Wagner. “He’s strong and physical will have an impact catching be as they prepare to open the the ball include Matthew Foster, with breakaway speed. I’d be silly season. “I was told they were brothers Evan and Andrew Burke, not to maintain the offense that Julian Herrera, Dylan Rogers, Ethan great kids,” he said. “And sure he’s been the focal point of.” enough, they were completely Ramnarian, Johnathan Almazar, Junior running backs Karl Josil Matthew Clayton and Amir Grant. honest. They’re willing to learn and Brandon Marano are also and get better, and they’ve all Wagner noted that the expected to have an impact on got some fire in them where Spartans have a lone female on the Spartans’ ground game this they expect to get better.” the roster, Nicole Aresta, who season, as well as junior fullback practices with the team every day, Noah Etame. Wagner raved about senior Tim and who he hopes to reward this season with some playing time. McGrath, who will serve as the starting quarterback. “Good speed, “She’s a hard worker,” he said. “She is totally dedicated and loves good arm and leadership ability,”

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Schedule 13 21 28 5 11 19 26 2

September @ Wantagh 7:00 p.m. @ Glen Cove 2:00 p.m. Division 2:00 p.m. October South Side 3:00 p.m. @ Mineola 7:00 p.m. Plainedge 2:00 p.m. @ Bethpage 2:00 p.m.. November North Shore 3:00 p.m. Photos by Brian Ballweg

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V.S. South Falcons excited for Conference IV return By BRIAN KACHARABA

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alley Stream South will have a homecoming of a different sort. After spending last season in Conference III, which resulted in a 3-5 mark, the sixth-seeded Falcons are moving back to Conference IV and will face more familiar foes in hopes of earning their first winning season in recent years. Even though they showed plenty of fight in 2018 (two of the losses were by a combined nine points), head coach Joe Guastafeste is happy to be “where we belong.” The Falcons went 4-4 during their last foray in the conference. “I’m happy to be in four,” he said. “There’s a lot of tough teams in four. I’m a little bit more familiar [with them] because most of the coaches are still there. We’ve just got to keep it going.” Keeping it going may depend how an inexperienced quarterback and offensive line jell as the season progresses. Guastafeste has 22 players on his roster and about 15 starting spots to fill, but he is excited about his team’s potential. “The quantity isn’t tremendous, but the quality is pretty good,” he said. “We have a very athletic group this year. Pretty much all of them could play. That’s what I’m excited about this year.” The lone 10th-grader South called up will be given the keys to the Wing-T offense in quarterback Cle-Andre Stewart. The sophomore signal-caller may be built like a running back, which will be effective when his number is called on draw and trap plays, but also has a strong arm and is a quick learner. Case in point. The Falcons recently participated in a preseason “four-way” scrimmage with four other schools at Manhasset and Stewart struggled adjusting to the 40 — September 12, 2019

Chen will be among the players game speed in the first session to help fill those voids. against the host team, but, ac“If you really drill in the cording to Guastafeste, “was a difbasics for the plays we’re ferent kid” and rebounded nicely going to run the majority of in the next scrimmage against the time, by the time it gets to Mepham after only a 15-minute Week 1, they are no longer break. Finally, against South Side, inexperienced,” Guastafeste he was near flawless. said of his green line. Guastafeste’s concerns about Guastafeste will his young quarterback greatly continue to incorporate a diminished by the end of the day. 4-2-5 defensive scheme “Right now, the lights are with Samayoa at one end pretty bright,” he said. “However, if he just continues to progress and and Carlos Crespo and Tahj St. Fort manning the middle. get better, we’ll be OK.” VanEtten returns as one Behind Stewart will be two backs with vastly different running starting linebacker and will be styles in juniors Tyler Van Etten and teamed up with a combination of Stewart, Roe, Pean and Gio Yasir Shabazz-Allah. At 5-foot-7 Brooks. and about 200 pounds, Van Etten earned the nickname “Bull” with his ability to gain multiple yards with his powerinside game. Shabazz-Allah will fill one of the outside spots and has the speed to be effective on sweeps with Ryan Pean and Nicolas McCarthy sharing the other side. Senior captain Christian Campbell and the versatile Nick Traill will be the receivers and sure-handed junior Malik Roe is at tight end. Traill will especially play an important role in the offense as he can also lineup at running back Ryan Pean and even spell Stewart at quarterback. “He’s really athletic to the Traill is arguably the team’s best point where I can put him anyshutdown corners and will be where,” Guastafeste said. “He is as good as a running back as Yasir joined by Shabazz-Allah and is in his own way and at the other safety Campbell in the defensive backfield. Senior Amir Jeannot running back with Ryan and Nick will also get time at corner. [and] he’s as good as Christian Campbell.” South lost four of its five starting offensive linemen to graduation, with junior guard Dylan Samayoa being the lone returnee. Tackle Xavier Miles, guard Marc Boucicault and center Ivan HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Christian Campbell

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Schedule 14 21 28 5 11 18 26 2

September @ Locust Valley 2:00 p.m. Island Trees 2:00 p.m. @ Seaford 2:30 p.m. October Oyster Bay 3:00 p.m. @ C.S. Harbor 6:30 p.m. @ Malverne 7:00 p.m. Clarke 2:00 p.m. November Friends Aca. 3:00 p.m. Photos by John Heckman

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Wantagh

Warriors bring experience and title aspirations By ANDREW COEN

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antagh reached the  county finals for the  fourth straight year in  2018 despite beginning the season  just two returning starters.   Now with a more veteran  presence, Wantagh is aiming to  bring home the program’s first  county title since 2016. The Warriors enter the season as the third  seed in Conference III following a  7-4 campaign that ended with a  35-7 loss to Plainedge in the title  game at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.   “We have much more experience and we have much higher  expectations,” said 28th-year head  coach Keith Sachs, who has won  173 games at Wantagh including  three county crowns. “It’s a nice  feeling going into a season with a  lot of the same guys as last year.”   Sachs will bring back a number of offensive weapons including  senior running back Michael Lombardi, whose 2018 season ended  prematurely with a knee injury  during a season-opening 19-6 loss  to Lawrence. Prior to the injury,  Lombardi rushed for 140 yards on  just 13 carries.   “He’s on a mission,” said  Sachs of Lombari, who is also  expected to be an integral part of  the Warrior defense at linebacker.  “He looks good out there.”   Lombardi will part of an experienced backfield featuring seniors  Tom von Bargen and Nick Teresky.  Von Bargen produced 285 all-purpose yards with three touchdowns  in Wantagh’s 34-7 semifinal win  against South Side. Teresky rushed  for 86 yards and two touchdowns  in 31-7 first round playoff win  against Bethpage.   Senior quarterback Peter  Delgais returns to run the offense  with a year of varsity starting experience now under his belt. Delgais 

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early in the season with a  progressed throughout the 2018  Sept. 28 home game against  season and went 5-for-7 passing  during Wantagh’s 42-7 win against  top-seeded and defending  champion Plainedge.  The WarSouth Side to close the regular  riors travel to Rockville Centre  season.   “He is now experienced and  for a Friday night matchup at  second-seeded South Side on Oct.  we expect him to get better,”  11 in a rematch of last year’s Class  Sachs said of Delgais. C semifinal. The final home game    Sachs expects junior wide  is scheduled for Oct. 19 against  receiver Ryan Carlo to be one  longtime rival Bethpage. of the top targets for Delgais  when Wantagh does air it out. von    “We want to be better at the  end of the year than we were at  Bargen is also a receiving threat  the beginning   out of the backfield who caught  of the year,” Sachs  a touchdown pass in Wantagh’s  said. semifinal triumph against South    Sachs had  Side. molded Want  Returning senior starters Anagh into a Nassau  drew Amato and Jack Benedetto  anchor the offensive line at guard  County power during  and tackle, respectively. Senior  Mike Rodin and junior Joe  Fontana could also play a key  role in the trenches this fall.   “Our line is going  to make or break us this  season,” Sachs said. “Having  strong skill players doesn’t  work if you don’t have a good  line.”    On defense, Wantagh will  need to replace last year’s  team- leading tackler in  linebacker Will DiMatteo.  Amato will lead Wantagh’s  linebacker unit this season  along with Lombardi and  NICK TERESKY sophomore Liam Carey. Ryan  Carlo and Owen may take  his nearly three decades on the  on outside linebacker slots while  junior Anthony Sabelli is slated to  sidelines with the Warriors making the playoffs 24 of the last  anchor the defensive line. 25 years including 12 straight    Michael Coney, who has  seasons of at least making the  shined for the Wantagh boys  semifinal stage. He credits much  soccer team, processing a strong  leg as the team’s kicker for kickoffs,  of Wantagh’s success to the  loyalty of his longtime assistant  extra points and field goals. Von  coaches in Tony Carter as defenbargen will handle the punting  sive coordinator and line coach  duties for a second straight year.   “He does it all,” Sachs said of  Jim Moro.  von Bargen, who is committed to    “We’ve had the same staff  for a decade and a half,” Sachs  play lacrosse at LIU-Post. said. “They are extremely loyal.”    Wantagh will be tested  HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Tom VonBargen

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Schedule 13 21  28  5  11  19  25  2 

September V.S. North  7:00 p.m. @ North Shore  2:00 p.m. Plainedge  2:00 p.m. October @ Lynbrook  6:00 p.m. @ South Side  6:00 p.m. Bethpage  2:30 p.m. @ Mineola  7:00 p.m. November Roosevelt  3:00 p.m.

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West Hempstead Inexperienced Rams can expect growing pains By ANDREW McCLURE

on the inside. Budhoo Forti is a hard-nosed back who will serve as the team’s workhorse. will man one of the Carre believes sophomore Zadrian outside linebacker slots, with the Budhoo has strong upside at the or the second straight wing. Budhoo, a long, fluid runner, versatile Musallem autumn, West Hempstead playing the other. should complement Forti well. withstood a season of ebbs Musallem could also The fullback generally spends and flows in 2018, but as usual move over to safety. the Rams were a tough opponent most of the time blocking, but juGalan will be in the nior A.K. Karbo’s ability to run the at postseason time. ball adds another dimension to the mix at linebacker. West Hempstead entered the In a perfect world, offensive attack. Senior Brandon playoffs as the seventh seed, but teams would prefer to Musallem will play multiple posiwent on the road and came back keep the quarterback tions out of the backfield. Junior from a 14-point fourth quarter on the sideline, but Brian Pierre Louis and senior Sal deficit to beat No. 2 Clarke 20-14 Therodoratos could before hanging tough while falling Galan are both athletic tight ends to perennial-power Seaford in the capable of catching the ball when be the best cover man. Expect him to be on the West Hempstead passes. Senior conference semifinals. field at cornerback. Pierre Angel Torres hopes to see time. The Rams, the fifth-seed in Louis will play the oppoWhile the offensive line needs Nassau Conference IV, were a senior-laden team last fall, so they to be completely rebuilt, the Rams site corner or safety. Sean have size and raw talent up will have some growing pains. front. Center Ahmad Shreiteh, With size in the trenches and some talented running backs, West who started a few games as a junior, anchors the unit. Hempstead hopes to be in the Sophomore Tory Marshal and hunt in a league that figures to junior Anthony Rivera look to be led by Seaford and defending Long Island champion Cold Spring have locked up starting positions at guard. Harbor. A pair of hard-working West Hempstead head coach juniors, Jared Vickers and Dom Carre knows he’ll have to Rommel Quijada, take over at be patient with his inexperienced tackle. Both have strength and team, but he’s optimistic. “We’re taking it slow with them and doing ability, but it will take time for a lot of teaching,” Carre said. “We them to get acclimated to the don’t have many players who have varsity level. Like all Conference IV spent a lot of years in the program. teams, nearly every player The strength is in the system. It’s PETER THEODORATOS stays on the field when the pretty easy and we’ve been sucopponent is on offense. cessful. They know the rules. We Vickers, Quijada, and Rivera will should be ok.” each take on double duty at defen- Simonson, Isiah Henriquez, and A junior will call signals as Christian Abraham are all vying sive tackle. Shreiteh and Marshal Peter Theodoratos takes over at for time in the secondary. will step in at defensive end. quarterback. If things are going West Hempstead will open “Not having a big roster right for West Hempstead, the the season on the road when doesn’t faze me,” Carre said. “It’s team is running the ball out of its it travels to Friends Academy. what we’re used to. It’s the way double-wing attack and wearing Homecoming takes place a week down opposing defenses. However, it is in this league. The play of the later when Oyster Bay comes to Theodoratos has a strong arm and line is going to be important.” town. East Rockaway, Seaford The linebacking crew figures is capable of going to the air. to be one of the team’s strengths. and Cold Spring Harbor are the Fresh off a 190-yard effort in the victory over Clarke, senior Jerry Forti brings a blue-collar mentality other visitors. to the linebacker position. He’ll Forti is back as one of the go-to form a strong tandem with Karbo skill players out of the backfield.

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