Suffolk Division IV football preview

Glenn quarterback Matt Shanerman escapes an attempted tackle Glenn quarterback Matt Shanerman escapes an attempted tackle by Babylon's Jeann Cruz. (Nov. 12, 2011) Photo Credit: Dave Anderson

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Top-seeded Glenn, the two-time defending Long Island champion, is looking to make it three in a row. The Knights, 43-3 over the last four seasons in which they have reached the Suffolk IV championship game, have reloaded, led by the passing combination of quarterback Matt Shanerman and wide receiver Mike Tufano, both seniors.

Glenn beat Amityville, 42-30, for the Suffolk title and Roosevelt, 56-21, for the LI title last season. Amityville moves up to Suffolk III, based on changes in enrollment.

Mark Sept. 22 on your Saturday Night Lights calendar. That's the day that East Hampton, the team that replaced Amityville in the division, plays host to its neighborhood- rival Southampton in a battle of teams thirsting for a victory. Both went winless last season.

Southampton has a new coach in Edgar Franklin and new offensive look, running a Wing T that will feature 5-10, 195-pound junior fullback Lyle Smith. East Hampton is led by junior quarterback Cortland Heneveld.

Mount Sinai, with a fearsome front that includes Zack Devlin, (6-3, 255), Ryan Clark ( 6-3, 265) and Bryan Reed (6-3, 270) could give Glenn a run, as could Babylon.

Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser is counting on an opportunistic defense in hopes of matching last season's 6-3 record.

GLENN KNIGHTS (11-1)

Coach: Dave Shanahan, 18th season

Key Players

Matt Shanerman QB/LB 6-0, 175, Sr.

Mike Tufano WR/S 5-10, 170, Sr.

Bryan Smith OL/DL 6-0, 235, Sr.

Nick LaLota WR/DB 5-9, 170, Sr.

Kenny Massa RB/LB 6-0, 180, Sr.

Griffin Ryan OL/DL6-0, 200, Jr.

About the Knights: The two-time defending Long Island Class IV Champions have great team speed on the outside and a plethora of offensive weapons to compliment Shanerman. In recent years, Glenn has featured an explosive offense with big play capabilities, and if this squad can continue that trend, the Knights have a great chance at winning another Suffolk crown.

MOUNT SINAI MUSTANGS (7-3)

Coach: Vinnie Ammirato, 14th season

Key Players

Mike Donadio RB/LB 6-1, 195, Sr.

Mark Donadio RB/LB 6-1, 195, Sr.

Zack Devlin OL/DL 6-3, 255, Sr.

Ryan Clark OL/DL 6-3, 265, Sr.

TJ Burns TE/LB 6-2, 205, Sr.

Bryan Reed OL/DL 6-3, 270, Jr.

About the Mustangs: Mount Sinai features a number of big, strong and athletic players up front, led by Clark, a three-year returning starter, and Devlin, the son of Jets tight ends coach Mike Devlin.

BABYLON PANTHERS (8-3)

Coach: Rick Punzone, 10th season

Key Players

John Dertinger OL/DL6-1, 290, Sr.

Jake Carlock WR/DB 6-2, 190, Jr.

Eric Schweitzer RB/LB 5-11, 180, Jr.

Jeann Cruz OL/LB 5-8, 210, Sr.

Andrew Warson OL/DE 6-1, 210, Sr.

Nick Santorelli QB/S 5-10, 170, Jr.

About the Panthers:Punzone says he plans to bring a more wide-open attack as the Panthers look to go beyond their appearance in last year's county semifinals. Look out for Carlock and 6-5 junior wide receiver Ray Wardell on the outside.

SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER WILDCATS (6-3)

Coach: Matt Millheiser, third season

Key Players

Jason Ambrosini C/DT 5-11, 220, Sr.

Tyler Anderson RB/LB 6-1, 210, Jr.

Sean Logan, QB/SS 5-10, 180, Sr.

Scott Lavey WR/DB 6-0, 180, Sr.

Kyle Flemming OL/DT 6-2, 245, Sr.

Mitch Identsohn TE/LB 6-1, 215, Jr.

About the Wildcats: SWR will rely on its defense and running game with Anderson's production being the key to both, Millheiser said. Anderson recorded six sacks and rushed for six touchdowns last season.

BAYPORT-BLUE POINT PHANTOMS (2-6)

Coach: Eric Iberger, ninth season

Key Players

Bailey Imbo RB/DB 6-0, 175, Sr.

Jon Campanelli OL/DL 5-11, 195, Sr.

Anthony Lombardi OL/DL 6-2, 210, Sr.

Rob Rodriguez TE/DL 6-2, 205, Sr.

Matt McKinnon RB/DB 5-11, 170, Jr.

About the Phantoms: Bayport-Bluepoint missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007 last season but is expecting to bounce back this year and get back to the postseason. The Phantoms are athletic both at their skill positions and on the line, and will rely on their running attack led by McKinnon.

EAST HAMPTON BONACKERS (0-8)

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Coach: Bill Barbour Jr. , sixth season

Key Players

Cortland Heneveld QB 6-3, 210, Jr.

Peter Vaziri RB5-8, 150, Sr.

Bryan Gamble OL/DL 5-11, 240, Jr.

Andre Cherington RB/DE 5-10, 225, Sr.

Danny Barros RB/LB 5-8, 155, Sr.

Juan Varon OL/LB 5-11, 185, Sr.

About the Bonackers: East Hampton struggled last season with a young team in Suffolk III and moves to Suffolk IV with a more optimistic approach. The team hopes to be competitive in its new division and expects Heneveld to have a breakout junior season after starting at QB last year as a sophomore.

HAMPTON BAYS BAYMEN (4-5)

Coach: Michael Oestreicher, ninth season

Key Players

Lukasz Sokol OT/DT 6-3, 240, Sr.

Eddie Perez OG/DT 5-9, 230, Sr.

Cody Nolan RB/LB 5-9, 195, Jr.

Tracey Kennedy RB/DB 5-10, 195, Sr.

Kevin Giron OT/DT 5-11, 225, Sr.

Justin Carbone QB/DB 5-10, 190, Sr.

About the Baymen: Hampton Bays has experience and depth at multiple positions, led by its forceful and athletic line-play on both sides of the ball. The Baymen made their third consecutive playoff appearance last season, a first in school history, but are still seeking their first playoff win since 1984.

PORT JEFFERSON ROYALS (5-4)

Coach: Jeff Koustantanou, second season

Key Players

Ryan Woodward LB/G 5-11, 175, Jr.

Connor Guerin OG/DE 6-2, 225, Sr.

Justin Jones QB/DB 5-10, 175, Sr.

TJ Lewis TE/DE 6-3, 185, Sr.

Nick Aiello RB/FS 5-8, 155, Sr.

About the Royals: Port Jefferson has a young team, returning just six seniors from last year's squad that lost in the first round of the playoffs. Expect the Royals to feature a disruptive defense behind Woodward, the team's leading returning tackler, and Guerin, who led the Royals in sacks and fumble recoveries last season.

CENTER MORICHES RED DEVILS (5-3)

Coach: Steve Failla, sixth season

Key Players

Ryan Lewis LB/C 6-0, 230, Sr.

Ray Strebel OL/DE 6-3, 235, Sr.

Mekhai Godley WR/DB 6-0, 190, Sr.

John Cody-Cerevizzo TE/LB 6-4, 225, Jr.

Tyrell Thomas QB 5-10, 170, So.

Charlie Prott RB/LB 5-10, 175, So.

About the Red Devils: Center Moriches will likely have more sophomores than seniors on its roster this season after losing 16 starters from a year ago. Sophomore QBl Thomas and senior LB Lewis will try to lead the Red Devils to their fourth consecutive playoff appearance. Thomas threw 7 TD passes last year while Lewis made 76 tackles.

STONY BROOK BEARS (3-5)

Coach: Kris Ryan, third season

Key Players

Donald Liotine RB/FS 5-10, 185, Sr.

Marco Masakayan QB/CB 5-10, 165, Sr.

Jake Harrington T6-0, 220, Sr.

Patrick Ruffer C/DE 5-11, 205, Sr.

Ed Kim RB/LB 5-10, 185, Sr.

Nick Pizzicillo WR/LB 5-10, 175, Sr.

About the Bears: Masakayan regains the starting role as a senior, returning from an injury that kept him out of the lineup for most of last season. He will lead an experienced bunch that will rely on its speed and aggressiveness in all facets of the game.

GREENPORT/SOUTHOLD PORTERS (1-7)

Coach: Jack Martilotta, third season

Key Players

Marc Proferes OL/DL 6-2, 240, Sr.

Frank Sierra RB/LB 5-10, 180, So.

Sal Loverde LB 6-2, 190, Jr.

Gene Allen WR/DB 6-3, 185, Jr.

Jack Volinski WR/DB 5-6, 140, Jr.

Tevin Parrish OL/DL 6-0, 240, Sr.

About the Porters: The Porters will role out a new spread offense this season in order to utilize Allen and Volinski, the team's top two skill players on the outside. Greenport/Southold made the playoffs two seasons ago and hopes to improve enough this year to return to the postseason.

MERCY MONARCHS (3-5)

Coach: Jeff Doroski, second season

Key Players

Brian Murray TE/DE6-1, 205, Sr.

Pat Marelli C/MLB 5-10, 225, Jr.

Chris Motlenski OL/DL 5-10, 260, Sr.

Ray Ellis OL/DL 6-1, 265, Sr.

Jack Strnad OL/LB 6-0, 210, Sr.

Reggie Archer RB/DB 5-9, 175, So.

About the Monarchs: The Monarchs have a solid running game in place behind a very strong and smart offensive line. If Mercy continues to improve on defense, it hopes it can surpass its three wins from last season and make its first playoff appearance since 2007.

WYANDANCH WARRIORS (1-7)

Coach: Ed Gay, third season

Key Players

Damon Daniels WR/RB/LB 5-11, 120, Sr.

Arthur Flowers RB/CB 5-7, 165, Sr.

Talaquan Maddox OT/LB/DE 5-11, 250, Sr.

Daquan Brown OG/FB 5-9, 245, Sr.

Marcus Gay QB 6-0, 135, Sr.

Dwayne Garrett OL/FB 5-8, 200, Sr.

About the Warriors: The Warriors expect to be better than the one-win team they were a year ago with a more physical and aggressive style. They feature a strong offensive line with veteran skill players, and hope to be able to make more impact plays and ultimately be more competitive this season.

SOUTHAMPTON MARINERS (0-8)

Coach: Edgar Franklin, first season

Key Players

Lyle Smith FB/OLB 5-10, 195, Jr.

Shaun Dell RB/S 5-11, 180, Jr.

Devon Trent TE/DT 5-10, 190, Jr.

Tyler Alvarado QB 5-7, 165, Sr.

Alex Halaka, RB/OLB5-10, 175, Sr.

Alex Dore, TE/DE 5-11, 180, Sr.

About the Mariners: Last season was one to forget for Southampton, and the Mariners are eager to prove that they're better than the winless team that took the field in 2011. New coach Franklin has implemented a Wing-T offense that features Smith, a former offensive tackle, in the backfield.

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