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Smithtown West quarterback Matthew K. Heldberg Jr. looks to pass against Newfield in a Suffolk Division II football game. (Sept. 20, 2013)

Top 15 quarterbacks on Long Island 2013

This is a special year for quarterbacks in Long Island high school football as the spread offense yields school and county passing records on almost a weekly basis. There are pure passers, runners and multi-dimensional talents. Newsday's Gregg Sarra ranks the top 15 QBs for 2013.

15. ROB PACCIONE Commack, Senior Strong arm with
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15. ROB PACCIONE
Commack, Senior
Strong arm with 719 yards passing and six scores through four games. Tough kid with a strong arm who has led Commack to a 4-0 start. |

14. GREG GALLIGAN St. Anthony's, Senior The Friars
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14. GREG GALLIGAN
St. Anthony's, Senior
The Friars signal caller will operate in the spread and has thrown for 711 yards and six touchdowns through a 4-1 start. |

13. KYLE DRISCOLL Kellenberg, Senior He’s thrown for
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13. KYLE DRISCOLL
Kellenberg, Senior
He’s thrown for 777 yards and six touchdowns in four games. His strong arm gives the Firebirds a chance to win every time they take the field. |

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12. ANTHONY LUCARELLI Half Hollow Hills West, Sophomore
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12. ANTHONY LUCARELLI
Half Hollow Hills West, Sophomore
He is only a sophomore but has been successful through four games with 649 yards passing and 11 TD. |

11. MATT CARACAPPA Massapequa, Senior He’s thrown for
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11. MATT CARACAPPA
Massapequa, Senior
He’s thrown for 566 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions through the first four games this season. He’s the guy that can lead the Chiefs to the Nassau I title. |

10. JOHN DANIGGELIS Smithtown East, Junior The junior
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10. JOHN DANIGGELIS
Smithtown East, Junior
The junior completed 39 of 68 passes for 686 yards and five touchdowns. He could lead the Bulls of the East to the postseason. He also has 467 yards rushing. |

9. NICK SANTORELLI Babylon, Senior He’s completed 42
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9. NICK SANTORELLI
Babylon, Senior
He’s completed 42 of 49 passes for 632 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight quarters of play as the defending Class IV champions have rolled to four blowout wins. This is another true leader. |

8. BRETT STEWART Garden City, Senior An All-Long
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8. BRETT STEWART
Garden City, Senior
An All-Long Island selection as a junior after leading Trojans to LI Class II crown. Not a stat monger, just a pure leader, tough as nails, whose numbers don’t reflect value. |

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7. NICK FRENGER Plainedge, Senior The all-time leading
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7. NICK FRENGER
Plainedge, Senior
The all-time leading passer in school history. He has 511 yards and six touchdowns through a 4-0 start. The Red Devils average 41 points per game beat defending Class III champions Lawrence. |

6. ANTHONY LEE Patchogue-Medford, Senior Leads Long Island
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6. ANTHONY LEE
Patchogue-Medford, Senior
Leads Long Island in yards passing with 999 through the first four games. He’s thrown 12 touchdowns, including four in a 31-7 victory over Floyd, the school’s biggest win in a decade. |

5. SEAN CERRONE Chaminade, Senior The ultimate leader
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5. SEAN CERRONE
Chaminade, Senior
The ultimate leader who took the Flyers to the CHSFL title as a junior. He has thrown for 714 yards and seven touchdowns through a 5-0 start with a young offense this season. |

4. SAM ILARIO West Islip, Senior The complete
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4. SAM ILARIO
West Islip, Senior
The complete athlete at QB. He already has five touchdown runs of more than 50 yards. He has nine TDs and 845 yards rushing through four games and 325 yards passing and four scores. The ultimate multi-dimensional scoring threat. |

3. MATT HELDBERG Smithtown West, Senior Made triumphant
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3. MATT HELDBERG
Smithtown West, Senior
Made triumphant return from knee surgery and has lit up Suffolk Division II with six TD passes and seven TD runs in 4-0 start. |

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2. RAY CATAPANO Carey, Senior He will be
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2. RAY CATAPANO
Carey, Senior
He will be the reason Carey battles for a Nassau and LI Class II title. Strong arm, equally effective on the run and has 873 yards passing through 4-0 start. Was flawless with four TD passes in 28-0 win over defending champ Garden City. |

1. JOE CAPOBIANCO Lawrence, Senior Long Island’s all-time
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1. JOE CAPOBIANCO
Lawrence, Senior
Long Island’s all-time leader in touchdowns passes with 79 -- has 12 through the first four games this season. The record-breaker is on the verge of the all-time record for yards passing. He has 6,021 yards and the record is 6,407. |

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