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Bishop Ford FALCONS

Coach: Jim Esposito, 2nd season

2001 Record: 1-7, A quarterfinalist

Top Players: QB Ese Gbenedio, Sr.; DB David Algarin, Sr.; WR Joe Abad, Jr.;

LB Tahj Johnson, Jr.; RB/CB Monte Hollingsworth, Jr.

Outlook: The Falcons, seeded 21st the past two seasons, will be young but

fun to watch, according to Esposito. Gbenedio is a diamond-in-the-rough QB with

size and skill, and how much he improves might determine if the Falcons escape

the basement. Five of last year's losses were by a touchdown or less.

Cardinal Hayes CARDINALS

Coach: Bill Yurus, 1st season

Record: 4-7, AA semifinalist

Key Losses: Adrian Feliciano, Rashaad Pitt, Antonio Colon.

Top Players: OG/NT Joshua Figueroa, Sr.; RB Cyrano Butler, Sr.; OT/DT

Francois Espinosa, Sr.; RB/S Armyan Thomas, Sr.

Outlook: Yurus and the Cardinals face a tough early schedule, playing

defending AA champ St. Peter's, AA finalist Stepinac and Iona Prep in the first

four weeks of the season.

Cardinal Spellman FALCONS

Coach: Joe DeSimone, 1st season

Record: 2-7, A semifinalist

Key Losses: Dwayne July (W. Connecticut St.).

Top Players: DT Ruben Richardson, Sr.; CB/TB Anthony Glover, Sr.; RB Mike

Delano, Jr.; OL/DE David Zayas, Sr.; QB/S Lenny Ramirez, Sr.; QB Rob Meyer, Jr.

Outlook: With a new coach comes a new offensive system. The option is out,

the power-I is in. According to DeSimone, the players are enjoying the new set.

Delano may be small (5-8, 175) but he is strong (350-pound bench).

Christ the King ROYALS

Coach: Michael Cassidy, 7th season

Record: 4-5, AAA quarterfinalist

Key Losses: Rolando Garcia, Steven Shell, Craig Nelson, Robert McGuire,

James Baldi, Douglas Davis

Top Players: OG/LB Michael Cox, Sr.; RB Anthony Lazarus, Sr.; NG/P Justin

Capace; QB Jamar McClaney; RB/SS Steven Morrison.

Outlook: The Royals, for the most part, are young and inexperienced without

much size, but they have talent and speed. They will take their lumps early

against the upper-echelon teams in the league.

Farrell LIONS

Coach: Ben Sarullo, 23rd season

Record: 3-5, AAA quarterfinalist

Key Losses: Joe Basile, Alex LoGerfo

Top Players: RB Kern Collymore, Sr.; QB Scott Bacci, Sr.; DE James Andrea,

Sr.; OL/DL Rob Stevens, Sr.; OL Tom Johnson, Sr.

Outlook: After league titles in 1999 and 2000, the Lions dipped below .500

for the first time in recent memory. Expect them to rebound behind Collymore,

one of the best running backs in the city. Farrell will stray from its familar

single-back set to multi-back formations. The question mark is the defense,

which didn't hold up over the long haul last season.

Fordham Prep RAMS

Coach: Pete Gorynski, 6th season

Record: 1-9, AA quarterfinalist

Top Players: WR Matt Goldhagen, Jr.; WR Ravi Kantha, Sr.; QB Rob Krusz,

Sr.; OG Dan Lamonaca, Sr.; LB David Garcia, Jr.; RB William Holden, Jr.; LB

Bill Santangello, Jr.

Outlook: According to Gorynski, last season's weakness - inexperience -

becomes this year's strength with 15 returning players.

Holy Cross KNIGHTS

Coach: Tom Pugh, 31st season

Record: 4-6, AA semifinalist

Key Losses: Woody Aime (Hofstra), Doug Anderwkavich (Buffalo), Mike Cominos.

Top Players: T Ricky Alteche, Sr.; QB Dan Meara, Sr.; LB Sean Casadiego, Sr.

Outlook: The Knights were ranked 10th in the coaches' preseason poll. Aime

and Anderwkavich are big losses, but Pugh's squad, though small, has speed. The

interior lines are a big question.

Moore Catholic MAVERICKS

Coach: Bill Sullivan, 2nd season

Record: 6-3

Top Players: QB Jim Tedesco, Sr.; OT Andrew Jagusiak, Sr.; FB/CB Mark

Lapointe, Sr.; LB Ken Jost, Sr.; RB/CB Jim Molinari, Sr.

Outlook: Small second-year varsity squad must stay healthy, because it has

little depth. The Mavs have talent, though. Tedesco is an athletic quarterback

and a leader.

Mount St. Michael MOUNTAINEERS

Coach: Mario Valentini, 19th season

Record: 5-4, AAA quarterfinalist

Key Losses: Dennis Void (C.W. Post), Harry Ocasio, Marcus Watson

Top Players: QB Ryan O'Malley, Sr.; DT George Eshareturi, Sr.; LB Mark

Velez, Sr.; DB Trashaad Thomas, Sr.; NG Tristan Murray, Sr.; DT Donald

Burroughs, Jr.; TE/LB Gary Harrison, Jr.

Outlook: Valentini likes his team's work ethic and chemistry. Void leaves,

well, a major void - he was one of the best backs in the league.

Stepinac CRUSADERS

Coach: Mike O'Donnell, 15th season

Record: 8-3, AA finalist

Key Losses: Tyler Nugent (Holy Cross)

Top Players: FB/LB Frank Scuderi, Sr.; RB/DB Griffin Nugent, Sr.; RB/DB

Wendall Barbour, Sr.; OG/DE Chris Archer, Sr.; OT/DT Kevin Amodio, Sr.; C/LB

Ryan Lenihan, Sr.; RB/DB Rich Padilla, Sr.; RB/DE Owen Omeregie.

Outlook: The Crusaders, as always, have a number of skilled players,

including Scuderi and Nugent. But they have just 36 players, so they must avoid

injuries.

St. Francis Prep TERRIERS

Coach: Vincent O'Connor, 49th season

Record: 7-4, AAA finalist

Key Losses: Chris Zambrano (Lehigh), Brian Forman (Post), Eric Maiorino

(RPI), John Kay (Williams), Adam Tanalski (Robert Morris).

Top Players: QB/P Pete Mazzurco, Sr.; LB Dan Michitsch, Sr.; OG Dave

Bermudez, Sr.; RB Nat Modica, Sr.; FB Mike Conigliaro, Sr.; TE/DB Mark Burik,

Sr.; WR Bill Sangster, Sr.; OT Mike Luginsland, Sr.; OG Tim Dunne, Sr.; OG/PK

John McArdle, Sr.; DB Al Foy, Sr.; C Frank DeMattia, Sr.; LB Walter Rublewski,

Sr.; LB Vincent Mazzurco, Sr.

Outlook: The Terriers were the CHSFL's surprise team last season. Now

they'll be one of the targets. O'Connor, the dean of city football coaches,

believes he has capable skill players in Mazzurco and Modica, but there is a

core of inexperienced players who either watched from the sideline or played JV

a year ago. There also is an overall lack of speed.

St. Joseph by the Sea VIKINGS

Coach: Greg Manos, 1st season

Record: 6-4, A finalist

Key Losses: Marc Murphy, Dan Ballatine, Joe Noto

Top Players: QB Paul Rosenberg, Sr.; OT Walter Roesch, Sr.; RB Ollie Ogbu,

So.; PK Steve Austin, Sr.; LB Joe Velez, Sr.

Outlook: Manos, who was an assistant under Tottenville's Jim Munson, has a

solid core of returning players. Rosenberg will lead the offense and Ogbu is

intriguing as a 6-3, 275-pound running back. Austin is a solid kicker, a high

school rarity. Roesch, a 6-6, 290-pounder, will anchor the O-line, and Velez

will key the defense. Qualifying for the AA playoffs is a lofty, but

attainable, goal.

St. Peter's EAGLES

Coach: Mike Cosentino, 3rd season

Record: 10-0, AA champs

Key Losses: Dan D'Avanza, Derrick Valentine, Jon Clemente

Top Players: TB/FS Mike Dudley, Sr.; OG/DT Louis Giachetta, Sr.; OT Kwame

Tawiah, Sr.; CB Dan Schultz, Sr.; WR/CB Dan Giordano, Sr.; WR/SS Mike

Cosentino, Sr.

Outlook: The Eagles, the class of the AA last season, graduated 16

starters. Dudley will be the main cog on an offense that still hasn't settled

on a starting QB. Giachetta and Tawiah are the mainstays on the O-line. The

secondary will be the strength on defense.

Xaverian CLIPPERS

Coach: Dom Laurendi, 8th season

Record: 1-8, AA quarterfinalist

Key Losses: Peter Belford (Kings Point), Jason Romney (Robert Morris)

Top Players: NG Mark Conigliaro, OT Anthony Perillo, DT Anthony Ferrante,

DE Israel Pinero, WR Henry Edwards, WR James McCourt.

Outlook: Laurendi expects improvement on the defense, with a diversified

attack on offense. The Clippers have nowhere to go but up.

Xavier KNIGHTS

Coach: Johan Williams, 2nd season

Record: 2-6, A semifinalist

Key Losses: Brian Rivera (C.W. Post), James Costa (Fairfield), Bernardo

Vunibobo (Canisius), Lee Rando (Canisius)

Top Players: CB Shawn Rafferty, Sr.; LB Brad Gerardi, Sr.; DL Parker Smith,

Sr.; RB Segun Akande, Sr.; FB Rocco Coluccio, Sr.; OL Giorgio Bianchi, Sr.; OL

Adam Rosello, Sr.; TE Dom Mingione, Sr.; DB Brian McKeon, Sr.; OL Michael

Coronato, Sr.

Outlook: Rafferty, Gerardi and Smith will anchor the defense and Akande and

Coluccio will get the lion's share of carries on offense.

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