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Floyd's Chris Faison carries the ball in a (Credit: Gregory A. Shemitz)

Floyd's Chris Faison carries the ball in a game against Northport. (Sept. 21, 2013)

Top 16 running backs on Long Island 2013

Newsday's Gregg Sarra ranks the top 16 running backs for the 2013 Long Island high school football season.

16. TYLER ANDERSON Shoreham-Wading River, Senior Breakaway threat
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16. TYLER ANDERSON
Shoreham-Wading River, Senior
Breakaway threat with five TDs of more than 50 yards. He has 932 yards rushing and nine TDs through a 4-1 start for the Wildcats. |

15. DAVIEN KUINLAN Plainedge, Sophomore The future looks
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15. DAVIEN KUINLAN
Plainedge, Sophomore
The future looks good for the Red Devils with this guy carrying the ball. He has 65 carries for 658 yards rushing and seven TDs for the 4-1 Red Devils. |

14. KEVIN MOWATT Central Islip, Senior Only the
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14. KEVIN MOWATT
Central Islip, Senior
Only the second back in Long Island history to run for 300 or more yards in consecutive games. He's averaging more than 10 yards per carry and has 783 yards and nine TDs. |

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13. ISAIAH WHITE Longwood, Junior Good things to
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13. ISAIAH WHITE
Longwood, Junior
Good things to come for spectacular runner returning from severe hip injury. He is a gamebreaker at Longwood. Had 204 yards and three TDs in first start. |

12. SHALIKE MERCHANT Westbury, Sophomore One of the
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12. SHALIKE MERCHANT
Westbury, Sophomore
One of the most exciting underclassmen , Merchant will make great things happen for the Green Dragons. He has carried 108 times for 1,065 yards and nine TDs through 2-3 start. |

11. ERIC SCHWEITZER Babylon, Senior A throwback runner
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11. ERIC SCHWEITZER
Babylon, Senior
A throwback runner who would rather run people over than run around them. Excellent pass receiver out of backfield. He has more than 1,050 all-purpose yards and 10 TDs. |

10. CHRIS PARLER Long Beach, Junior The Marines
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10. CHRIS PARLER
Long Beach, Junior
The Marines love the speedy Parler and his ability to cut in the open field. He has 717 yards rushing and seven TDs in a 3-2 start. |

9. MARCUS GUTIERREZ Connetquot, Senior Strong inside runner
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9. MARCUS GUTIERREZ
Connetquot, Senior
Strong inside runner with the ability to break tackles and gain critical yards after contact. Explosive runner with 122 carries for 890 yards and 11 TDs through 4-1 start. |

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8. JEREMIAH CHEATOM Riverhead, Senior The Blue Waves’
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8. JEREMIAH CHEATOM
Riverhead, Senior
The Blue Waves’ offense is designed to get this guy into space. He is a workhorse with 134 carries for 790 yards and seven scores through a 4-1 start. |

7. BRETT OSMAN Miller Place, Senior The Panthers’
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7. BRETT OSMAN
Miller Place, Senior
The Panthers’ offense is methodical and churns behind the power of Osman, who has 124 carries for 983 yards and 12 TDs through a 5-0 start. |

6. ENRIQUE MCFARLANE West Hempstead, Senior The Rams’
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6. ENRIQUE MCFARLANE
West Hempstead, Senior
The Rams’ running back has averaged 12 yards per carry and totaled 642 yards and nine TDs through a 4-1 start. |

5. CHRIS FAISON Floyd, Senior Pound for pound,
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5. CHRIS FAISON
Floyd, Senior
Pound for pound, the toughest back on Long Island. Difficult to bring down one on one and battles for extra yardage. He has 574 yards and seven TDs through a 3-2 start. |

4. LOGAN GRECO Smithtown West, Senior Power runner
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4. LOGAN GRECO
Smithtown West, Senior
Power runner who's biggest asset is his forward lean and yards gained after contact. He has 794 yards and 10 TDs in a 4-1 start for the Bulls. |

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3. MALIK PIERRE Sachem North, Senior The speedy
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3. MALIK PIERRE
Sachem North, Senior
The speedy back has emerged as the key to a title run for the Flaming Arrows. He has 763 yards and 11 touchdowns through a 4-1 start. |

2. JOHNNIE AKINS Roosevelt, Senior Slashing runner with
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2. JOHNNIE AKINS
Roosevelt, Senior
Slashing runner with breakaway speed that has dominated Nassau Conference IV for two years. He has 100 carries for a Long Island leading 1,116 yards and 14 TDs in a 4-1 start. |

1. JORDAN GOWINS St. Anthony's, Senior He is
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1. JORDAN GOWINS
St. Anthony's, Senior
He is this year's super back with speed and power. He is game changer and has 922 yards and 11 touchdowns through a 5-1 start. His return from knee surgery was a huge boost for the Friars offense. |

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