A year-by-year look at the Long Island Championships in high school football.
FIRST OVERTIME GAME IN LIC HISTORY
Island Trees and Mt. Sinai played 48 minutes of scoreless football in the first ever Class IV Long Island Championship. They would need overtime to decide the winner. Island Trees scratched out a touchdown thanks to quarterback Joe Kaiser, who replaced senior starter Stu Wexler. Island Trees converted a two-point conversion on a fake extra-point attempt.
GARDEN CITY EDGES BY WEST ISLIP
If one would look at the numbers of the Class II Long Island Championsip, most would say West Islip won: West Islip, 245 yards total offense; Garden City, 203. West Islip, 72 plays on offense; Garden City, 36. West Islip, 19 first downs; Garden City, 6. West Islip, 223 yards rushing; Garden City, 89. Throw those numbers out as the difference was two touchdown catches by tight end Tim Glisker in a 14-9 victory.
CHASE THROWS FOR 259
Massapequa quarterback Jim Chase sets a Long Island Championship record, throwing for 259 yards in the Chiefs' 23-21 win over Connetquot in Class I.
BELLPORT GRINDS PAST GARDEN CITY
Roy Still's Bellport Clippers ran the ball 67 times, a Long Island Championship record, in a 26-19 win over 9-2 Garden City in Class II. Bellport finishes the season 8-2-1.
HARBORFIELDS WINS UGLY
Despite being penalized a Long Island Championship-record 82 yards, Harborfields caps a perfect 11-0 season with a 21-13 win over Manhasset in Class IV.
NORTH BABYLON ROUTS CLARKE
Behind Barry Baker’s three rushing touchdowns, North Babylon set a Long Island Championship record for margin of victory, defeating Clarke, 50-0, in Class III. At the time, it was a record for most points scored in an LIC game; Sayville broke the record the following year, beating Glen Cove 51-6.
LYONS THROWS “DA BOMB,” BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH
Borrowing a page from the NFL Blitz playbook, Massapequa’s Brad Lyons hit Jim Cerullo for an 88-yard touchdown pass, a Long Island Championship record. It wasn’t enough, though; Joe Cipp III’s Longwood came out on top, 22-19, in Class I.
PALMER SCORES FIVE TIMES
Omar Palmer became the first player in Long Island Championship history to score five touchdowns in one game, leading North Babylon to a 38-19 win over Hewlett . Palmer rushed for 303 yards in the win, also an LIC record.
COMMACK’S AIR ATTACK FALLS SHORT
John Foley’s Commack team threw the ball 38 times against Freeport, connecting on 16 of the attempts — both Long Island Championship records. However, the pass-happy offense couldn’t get it done, falling to undefeated Freeport, 20-19 in overtime in Class I.
CIPPS WIN THIRD IN FIVE YEARS
Joe Cipp Jr.’s Bellport Clippers defeated South Side, 42-19, in the Class II Long Island Championship. The title was the third in five years for the Cipp family; Cipp Jr.’s Clippers won in 1997 and 2001, Cipp III’s Longwood team won in 1998.
NORTH BABYLON FIRST TO FIVE
The Bulldogs defeated MacArthur, 36-15, in the Class II Long Island Championship. The title was the fifth for Terry Manning and North Babylon, making the Bulldogs the first on LI to win five championships.
FREEPORT RACKS UP YARDAGE IN ROMP
Ross Cellan’s Freeport team totaled 484 net yards — a Long Island Championship record at the time — against Floyd in a 40-7 rout in Class I. Freeport finished the season 11-0.
GWALTNEY SECOND WITH FIVE SCORES
North Babylon running back Jason Gwaltney became the first player since Omar Palmer in 1999 to score five times in one game. Gwaltney rushed for four and caught one touchdown, leading North Babylon to a sixth Long Island Championship, 43-14 over Garden City in Class II.
Chris Schuville put himself miles ahead of any other wide receiver in Long Island Championship history with for an LIC record 229 yards. His five touchdowns and eight receptions tied two other players for most ever. Cold Spring Harbor also intercepted Babylon six times, adding up to a 41-0 win in Class IV.
DELUCA’S FIVE SCORES POWER SAYVILLE
Halfback Chris DeLuca shredded the Bethpage defense for five first-half touchdowns as Sayville rolled to a 48-6 victory over Howie Vogts and Bethpage in the Class III final. DeLuca’s five TDs tied a Long Island Championship record with Omar Palmer (1999), Jason Gwaltney (2004) and Chris Schuville (2005).
FLOYD PULLS OFF THREE-PEAT
William Floyd put the finishing touches on a remarkable three-year run, defeating Farmingdale 42-0 in the Class I Long Island Championship to finish undefeated. It was the third straight season Floyd went 11-0.
RIVERHEAD FIRST TO GO 12-0
Riding Hansen Award winner Miguel Maysonet, Riverhead became the first team to go 12-0. In the first year Long Island football expanded to 12 games, the Blue Wave beat Elmont 42-6 in the Class II final.
LAWRENCE CAN?T STOP CRUZ
Lawrence didn?t have an answer to stop Hills West quarterback JeVahn Cruz, who accounted for 416 total yards of offense and six touchdowns in the Class III final. Cruz rushed for 204 yards with three touchdowns while passing for 133 yards and three touchdowns.
BARNES BREAKS RECORD
Freeport’s Isaiah Barnes ran for six touchdowns, breaking an 11-year-old record set by North Babylon’s Omar Palmer and tied three other times. In addition, Barnes threw for another touchdown as Freeport beat Floyd, 62-35, in the Class I Long Island Championship. Those 62 points were an LIC record, as was the combined 97 points scored. Of the 533 total yards accumulated by Freeport, yet another LIC record, Barnes accounted for 331.