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Sayville's John Haggart selects Stony Brook

Sayville's John Haggart (27) completes a touchdown run

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John Haggart, the top returning rusher for defending Class III Long Island champion Sayville, made a verbal commitment to Stony Brook University on Friday.

Haggart, a Newsday second-team All-Long Island choice last year when he rushed for 1,285 yards and 14 touchdowns, told Newsday he was recruited primarily as a linebacker, even though his defensive position for the Golden Flashes this season...

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Friday night heights

Former North Babylon running back Jason Gwaltney owns

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan, 2003)

One of the best performances of the 2011 high school football season stayed under the radar. It happened on Friday night, Oct. 28, when Donald Liotine rushed for 340 yards on just 15 carries, with six touchdowns, as Stony Brook defeated host Southampton, 40-12.

In averaging nearly 23 yards per carry, Liotine turned in the 20th best single-game rushing total in Suffolk County history....

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Catching up with....William Stanback and Tyler Desire'

Uniondale's William Stanback carries the ball during Syosset's

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Newsday had a chat with William Stanback, Uniondale's speedy tailback (pictured above), and Tyler Desire', the versatile quaterback/middle linebacker about what's in store for the Knights this season. Suffice to say, the All-State stars this could be a big year...

What are your strengths this season?

William: We have a few more weapons that moved up from the...

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QB means quarterback buds

Sachem North's Trent Crossan runs down the sideline.

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When Sachem North junior quarterback Trent Crossan sought some help with his passing technique, he turned to his friend, Floyd quarterback A.J. Otranto. When Otranto, a senior, needed to improve his running skills, he sought out Crossan.

Their teams are the top two seeds in Suffolk Division I for the 2012 season, and Floyd vs. Sachem North has emerged as one of the county’s best rivalries...

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Anderson will be featured Friar

St. Anthony's fullback Anthony Anderson takes handoff and

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It happened early in Wednesday morning’s team drills on the turf at St. Anthony’s. Running the Friars’ vaunted triple-option, quarterback Greg Galligan faked to fullback Anthony Anderson, half the defense bit on the play-action, and Galligan sprinted to the outside and raced, untouched, for a touchdown.

“Did you see that,” an enthusiastic St. Anthony’s coach Rich Reichert asked a reporter...

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Bitzer earns 3-star rating for Riverhead

Riverhead quarterback Ryan Bitzer will let it fly

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Quarterback Ryan Bitzer is a throwback. In this era of sport specialization, the Riverhead senior excels at three sports – football, basketball and lacrosse. In fact, Bitzer has made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Stony Brook. So what sport does he like the best?

“I like to say that my favorite sport is the one I’m playing at the time,” Bitzer said with a smile during a break from...

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Tufano catches on quick at Glenn

Glenn wide receiver Mike Tufano hopes to grab

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The pressure is on at Glenn, but as senior wide receiver Mike Tufano observed, it’s a good kind of pressure. It’s the kind that comes with winning two consecutive Long Island Class IV championships and being the team everyone circles on their schedule.

“It’s definitely great to be part of such a winning program,” said Tufano, who is expected to be the Knights’ go-to receiver in 2012, when...

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Floyd’s long-ball threat

Floyd quarterback A.J. Otranto will be in the

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With explosive and record-setting running back Stacey Bedell the focal point of Floyd’s offense last season, quarterback A.J. Otranto rarely got to display his passing chops.

But Bedell is gone, taking his considerable skills to the University of Massachusetts, and for Floyd to repeat as Long Island Class I champion in 2012, Otranto must have a big year.

The rugged senior embraces that...

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Sirico steps into big shoes at Sayville

Sayville quarterback Zach Sirico. (Aug. 16, 2012)

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Same formation, different form.

That’s an overriding story line at Sayville, where the defending Class III Long Island champion and 2011 Rutgers Trophy winner must replace the most prolific quarterback in L.I. history in coach Rob Hoss’s vaunted spread offense.

Zach Sirico, who rushed for 1.043 yards and 15 touchdowns last season (including 224 yards and a record six touchdowns in the...

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