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St. John the Baptist football aims high in CHSFL

St. John the Baptist offensive coordinator Ralph Carusillo

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Don’t bother telling St. John the Baptist football players that their aspirations are too high. No one will even pretend to hear you.

Reaching the CHSFL AA title game last season was a significant accomplishment for the Cougars, given the team had been competing at the A level since before Keith Schweers took over as head coach seven seasons ago, and while progressing, still hadn’t been to...

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Smithtown East's John Daniggelis looks to improve on standout sophomore season

Smithtown East quarterback John Daniggelis powers through the

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Smithtown East coach Pete Melore has seen his fair share of sophomore quarterbacks in his 20-plus years of experience, yet the season John Daniggelis had last year emerges from his recollection.

And not because it’s the most recent.

“None played as good as a sophomore as John Daniggelis did last year,” Melore said after Tuesday morning's practice.

Daniggelis passed for just under...

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Seaford seeks playoff wins this season

Seaford's Kyle Kolodinsky intercepts the ball and runs

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Seaford coach Rob Perpall wasn’t too pleased with the way his football team was practicing Wednesday morning, so he sent his players home early, saying he wanted to see "more enthusiasm" in the later practice.

"Be good, or be gone," said the 16th-year coach. “We don’t give up, we get better."

The Vikings, seeded third in the preseason Nassau Conference IV rankings,...

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Locust Valley's Jokinsky: 'We like to hit'

Locust Valley's Louis Jokinsky heads down field for

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Louie Jokinsky, senior tailback and free safety for Locust Valley, said the Falcons' goal entering this season is to be better at wrapping up and tackling the opposition.

"It’s really about breaking down and biting the ball," said Jokinsky, who rushed for 975 yards and five touchdowns, while making 27 tackles last season. "Get your head on the side of the ball and wrap up. We...

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Malverne's Hill wants bull's-eyes for darts

Solid hit put on Malvern's QB Jamal Aaron

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After rushing and passing for a combined 1,000 yards with seven touchdowns last season, Malverne senior quarterback Jamal Aaron Hill is determined to surpass those numbers in 2013.

His plan? Being more on target with his receivers.

"I’m trying to make my passes more accurate," Hill said. "It’s the little things we work on in practice that are going to make us a better...

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Load up against West Hempstead's run? Not so fast

West Hempstead's Akil Philip grabs a drink between

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West Hempstead doesn’t care if you stack 11 players in the box. The Rams are still going to run the football with a full cast of experienced players that includes senior running backs Bruce Gibbs, Anthony Messina and Dean McCabe.

What the Rams want to do more of this season, though, is to air it out behind first-year starting quarterback Anthony Beaubrun, a junior.

"We will still...

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St. Anthony’s new option: The spread

St. Anthony's quarterback Greg Galligan scrambles in the

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At St. Anthony’s, the vaunted triple-option is dead. Long live the spread.

“We weren’t running enough plays and teams were dictating to us who was going to run the ball,” St. Anthony’s coach Rich Reichert said of the dramatic switch in offensive philosophy for the CHSFL powerhouse.

So returning quarterback Greg Galligan won’t take the pounding he did last year, whether he kept the ball...

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Roosevelt looks tough up front

Roosevelt quarterback Justin Terry looks to hand off

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Raymond Jones called Roosevelt’s offensive line the foundation of his team, and during Monday morning’s practice, the senior tight end discussed the importance of being able to win the game in the trenches.

"That’s how we look at it," said Jones, who has verbally committed to play at Stony Brook next season. "We have to have the mindset that we are going to dominate. If you...

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Sayville still a threat in Suffolk III

Sayville's Matthew Selts gains yards against Westhampton in

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Suddenly, Bobby Boos is quite literally the center of attention.

That’s what happens when you shift from right guard to center on the offensive line and take over what Sayville football coach Rob Hoss calls the team’s most important position.

“I’ve never snapped the ball before so I’m going to have to learn how to do that,” Boos said at practice Thursday. “It’s definitely a learnable...

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Miller Place aims to be 'a special team' this season

Miller Place's Chris Buchalski cools off on the

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Line-play, work ethic - not seeding - will guide Miller Place  

One is a number that doesn’t mean much to the Miller Place Panthers. Sure, they’re the top seeded football team in Suffolk Division III - a conference that boasts perennial powerhouse Sayville, but the group doesn’t see the ranking as anything more than non-essential bookkeeping.

“There’s definitely expectations, but...

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