NEWSDAY'S ALL-LONG ISLAND TEAM
HANSEN AWARD WINNER
RB, North Babylon (6-2, 230, Sr.)
Gwaltney was the only player to win the Carl A. Hansen Award twice and the
second player to earn All-Long Island status in three seasons. He led the
Bulldogs to the Class II Long Island title with a 43-14 win over Garden City.
He scored 45 touchdowns and rushed for 2,882 yards on 358 carries this season,
scoring 282 points. Gwaltney holds Long Island career records for touchdowns
(135), yards rushing (7,800), carries (948) and points (828). He has orally
committed to West Virginia.
QB, West Babylon (5-11, 165, Sr.)
Hennessy completed more than 60 percent of his passes and threw for more
than 1,100 yards with 15 touchdown passes to lead West Babylon to an undefeated
regular-season record in Suffolk's Division II. Hennessy's scrambling and
accurate throwing arm made him a two-way threat on offense.
QB, Massapequa (5-11, 190, Jr.)
Powers led the Chiefs to the Nassau Conference I final, but missed it
because of injury. The three-year starter was 85-for-118 with 1,507 yards and
13 touchdowns. He rushed for 637 yards and eight touchdowns, and had two
receiving touchdowns. As a safety, Powers scored on one of his three
RB, Sayville (5-9, 205, Sr.)
DeLuca rushed for the third highest total in Suffolk history with 2,404
yards on 336 carries and scored 39 touchdowns. His Mack Truck style of running
enabled him to carry an Long Island championship-record 40 times for 267 yards
in Sayville's 55-14 win over Wantagh in the Class III title game.
RB, Roosevelt (5-9, 175, Sr.)
McClenic, a two-time All-Long Island pick, led Roosevelt to back-to-back
Conference IV titles and one Class IV Long Island championship. This year he
ran for 1,365 yards on 152 carries and 17 touchdowns. McClenic had 36 tackles
and three interceptions at safety. He leaves Roosevelt with 3,829 career
rushing yards and 47 touchdowns.
RB, Wantagh (5-10, 190, Sr.)
Procida was a two-way force for the Conference III champion. The four-year
starter rushed for 1,190 yards on 148 carries, caught 14 passes for 229 yards
and scored 15 touchdowns. A three-time All-Nassau pick, Procida made 71 tackles
at linebacker. He finished with 2,680 career rushing yards and 36 TDs.
RB, Longwood (5-7, 175, Sr.)
Wilson emerged as a threat to score whenever he touched the ball. His 24
touchdowns and 1,873 rushing yards helped lead Longwood to the Class I Long
Island crown. His speed and cutting ability made him difficult to tackle.
WR, Wantagh (6-1, 180, Sr.)
Muscarella burst onto the scene this season. He stepped in at receiver and
caught 32 passes for 920 yards and broke the Nassau single-season record with
14 touchdown catches. He had a 72-yard passing touchdown and broke an 84-yard
kickoff return for a score in the Class III Long Island title game. A two-year
starter at safety, Muscarella made 27 tackles and two interceptions.
OL, North Babylon (6-1, 250, Sr.)
Bolden's career will be defined by his final two games in which he switched
from offensive line to fullback and helped the Bulldogs run away with the
Class II Long Island title. His blocking helped pave the way to the title.
OL, Farmingdale (6-2, 315, Sr.)
Cinelli won the Martone Award, given to Nassau's top lineman, and led the
Dalers to the Conference I title. He was a two-year starter at guard for a team
that rushed for more than 2,000 yards each season. Cinelli was a force on
defense, too, with 36 tackles and three sacks.
OL, St. Anthony's (6-4, 255, Sr.)
Fulfree, at center, anchored a line that averaging 5.3 yards per rush and a
total of 2,369 yards in 11 games. He led the team with 54 pancake blocks as
St. Anthony's earned an unprecedented fourth consecutive CHSFL championship.
OL, Patchogue-Medford (6-1, 310, Sr.)
Pugliese was three-year starter and the stalwart of an offensive line that
averaged 240 rushing yards per game. He earned the Zellner Award, given to
Suffolk's top lineman. He had 45 solo tackles, 18 assists and five sacks on
OL, Massapequa (6-3, 275, Sr.)
Schaefer, a three-year, two-way starter was the linchpin for Massapequa's
dynamic offense. He made 25 pancake blocks as an offensive tackle and 43
tackles on defense.
OL, Longwood (6-2, 290, Sr.)
Taddeo was a massive run-blocker who cleared the way for Longwood to run to
the Class I Long Island championship. He became a stalwart on defense.
Reported by Gregg Sarra and Jason Molinet
THORP AWARD WINNER
LB, Garden City (6-0, 225, Sr.)
Hartigan went 20-1-1, won two Conference II championships and one Class II
Long Island title. He was a two-way force, earning him the Tom Thorp Award as
Nassau's top player and Bill Piner Award as the best linebacker. Hartigan
rushed for 1,065 yards on 131 carries, good for 8.1 yards per attempt, and nine
touchdowns. The yardage was a Garden City record for a fullback and the
third-highest total in school history. He led the way with 81 tackles - eight
for a loss - for a unit that allowed 48 points in its first 10 games.
DL, Northport (6-3, 240, Sr.)
There are few players with the speed of Parker from the end position. He
flew into the backfield in a hurry to disrupt the offense. He had 61 tackles,
15 assists, including five sacks and was named the defensive MVP in the PAL
all-star game against Nassau. He was also an outstanding run and pass blocker.
DL, Baldwin (5-8, 215, Sr.)
Roker was a four-year starter and two-time team captain. A tough guard on
offense, Roker was even more disruptive anchoring the defensive line. He had 47
tackles, five sacks and three fumble recoveries for the Bruins, a Conference I
semifinalist. He finished his career with 123 stops and 15 sacks in 35 games.
LB, North Babylon (6-3, 270, Sr.)
Berry was an imposing two-time All-Long Island selection that anchored the
North Babylon defense. He had 51 solo tackles, 18 assists and three forced
fumbles. At fullback, he led the way for half brother Jason Gwaltney, who set
all of Long Island's rushing records. Berry has orally committed to West
LB, Floyd (6-0, 225, Jr.)
Bines, a hard-hitting fullback, opened huge holes for Andrew Miller and
became a receiving threat from the backfield with seven touchdowns. He also had
64 solo tackles, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and five sacks.
LB, East Meadow (5-10, 220, Sr.)
DeLuca was a four-year, two-way starter, lifting East Meadow to the
playoffs the last two seasons. He rushed for 1,119 yards on 162 carries and 13
TDs. DeLuca made 68 tackles - seven for a loss - forced two fumbles and added
one interception at linebacker. He finished his career with 29 TDs and his 277
tackles are a school record.
LB, St. Anthony's (6-2, 210, Sr.)
Scappaticci led a defense that yielded the fewest points in the CHSFL. He
had 65 solo tackles, 27 assists and 11 sacks. His lateral speed and
sideline-to-sideline pursuit made this heavy hitter a fixture in the middle of
the Friars' defense on the way to the school's fourth straight championship.
LB, Amityville (6-1, 220, Sr.)
Young led the Warriors to the Suffolk Division IV title with 1,963 yards
rushing and 24 touchdowns. He averaged 13.3 yards per carry and finished his
three-year career with 4,024 yards and 55 touchdowns. He made 137 tackles,
including eight for a loss, and three interceptions.
DB, East Islip (5-8, 165, Sr.)
Cornell, a versatile two-way player, made 92 tackles and had five
interceptions. He also rushed for 1,325 yards on 240 carries, scored 18
touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 230 yards. He had 2,205 rushing yards in
DB, Floyd (6-1, 250, Sr.)
Miller, a two-time All-Long Island selection, amassed 3,033 rushing yards
over the past two years and scored 35 touchdowns. He was also the captain and
leader of Suffolk's top defense in Division I. He will attend Johns Hopkins on
a full lacrosse scholarship.
DB, Freeport (5-10, 180, Sr.)
Jackman led Freeport to a Class I Long Island title and earned All-Long
Island second team honors as a junior. This time he took the Red Devils to the
Conference I semis, rushing for 907 yards on 111 carries and six touchdowns. He
finished his career with 27 TDs. Jackman recorded 33 tackles, five passes
defensed and two interceptions on defense.
Farmingdale (6-2, 238, Sr.)
Barksdale transferred from New Jersey to Farmingdale over the summer and
became Nassau's most versatile threat. Barksdale ran for 869 yards on 136
carries and 11 TDs and caught 17 passes for 272 yards and one score for the
Conference I champs. He also played quarterback, completing 18 of 31 for 289
yards and one score. As a linebacker, he tallied 82 tackles, three sacks and an
West Babylon (5-8, 180, Sr.)
Lucas' slashing style enabled him to rush for 1,422 yards on 190 carries
and score 20 touchdowns. Lucas also had 78 tackles and seven interceptions
while playing multiple positions on defense. His three-year career stats: 274
tackles, 16 interceptions, 2,032 yards rushing and 46 touchdowns.
Reported by Jason Molinet and Gregg Sarra
Suffolk Coach of the Year
In his first year at the helm, DeWitt, 30, turned around the program as the
Lions won the Class I Long Island title with a 39-23 win over Farmingdale. He
implemented a new system and ended a four-year playoff drought. Playoff wins
over Patchogue-Medford and Floyd, along with a team that gained confidence as
the season wore on, were the ingredients for a marvelous championship run.
Reported by Gregg Sarra
Nassau Coach of the Year
Vito, 42, has won five county titles, three Long Island championships and
two Rutgers Cups in 11 seasons. But this team became his first 11-0 squad,
taking the Class IV crown with a 7-0 win over Amityville. Roosevelt rolled
through Conference IV for the second straight season and owns a 23-game win
streak in Nassau. Vito, who was coach of the year in 1999, has a 74-30-2 record.
Reported by Jason Molinet
Eric Caracappa, QB, Wantagh
Marquise Herron, QB, Roosevelt
Donnie McCarthy, QB, Floyd
Craig Tufano, QB, Hampton Bays
Anthoney Adamic, RB, Newfield
Terrence Molinari, RB, Manhasset
Rob Smith, RB, Wantagh
Aaron Valentin, RB, Freeport
Andrew Quarless, TE, Holy Trinity
Jason MaGee, TE, Bellport
Ian Assael, OL, Hewlett
Will Sanchez, OL, Floral Park
Zach Gallo, OL, Sayville
Chris Hanlon, all-purpose
Brian Clinton, all-purpose, Amityville
Greg Daly, DE, Garden City
Kurt Norton, DL, Sayville
Anthony Arena, LB, Bethpage
Jamal Barnes, LB, Elmont
Jovan Belcher, LB, West Babylon
Andrew Lipski, LB, Miller Place
Rich Reichert, LB, St. Anthony's
Antonio Ricotta, LB,
Valley Stream North
Steve Schwicke, LB, Bellport
Sheblee Wali, LB, Longwood
Kevin Bennett, DB, Longwood
Tom Marino, DB, Garden City
Max Pomper, DB, St. Anthony's
HOW THEY WERE PICKED
The 43rd annual All-Long Island football team was chosen by Newsday
sportswriters who polled coaches, game officials and athletic directors.
NEWSDAY PHOTOS / MICHAEL E. ACH
On the cover
Newsday�s 2004 All-Long Island football team: 1. Nassau player of the year
Terence Hartigan (Garden City), 2. Suffolk player of the year Jason Gwaltney
(North Babylon), 3. Kevin Hennessy (West Babylon), 4. Leslie Jackson
(Freeport), 5. Scooter Berry (North Babylon), 6. Nassau coach of the year Joe
Vito (Roosevelt), 7. Tim Bolden (North Babylon), 8. Suffolk coach of the year
Adam DeWitt (Longwood), 9. Gary Roker (Baldwin), 10. Daryle McClenic
(Roosevelt), 11. Brett Wilson (Longwood), 12. Alton Lucas (West Babylon), 13.
Darrel Young (Amityville), 14. John DeLuca (Sayville), 15. Anthony Barksdale
(Farmingdale), 16. Jeff Schaefer (Massapequa), 17. John Cinelli (Farmingdale),
18. Mike Powers (Massapequa), 19. Andrew Miller (Floyd), 20. Peter Taddeo
(Longwood), 21. Donny Cornell (East Islip), 22. Steve Fulfree (St. Anthony�s),
23. Frank Scappaticci (St. Anthony�s), 24. Matt DeLuca (East Meadow), 25. Mike
Procida (Wantagh), 26. Blair Bines (Floyd), 27. Chris Pugliese
(Patchogue-Medford), 28. Anthony Muscarella (Wantagh), 29. Nick Parker