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Can Kings Park slow down Sayville QB Jack Coan?

Newsday's Gregg Sarra previews the Sayville-Kings Park Suffolk Division III game for Week 2, which features two of Long Island's top quarterbacks in Jack Coan and Paul Cooper. The game is Saturday at 2 p.m. Credit: Newsday staff

It’s the Super Cooper–Coan showdown in Week 2 of the football season. Kings Park travels to Sayville in what has the potential to be a wild shootout with two of Long Island’s top quarterbacks going head-to-head in Suffolk III football.

Paul Cooper, coming off a 488-yard performance in the season opener, will square off with Sayville senior Jack Coan, Long Island’s all-time leading passer at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Kings Park has lost six of the past seven games to Sayville. The Kingsmen lost a heartbreaker in the season opener to Westhampton, 42-41. This would be the perfect place to get a big win and set the tone for the season.

“We’re ready for what they’ll throw at us and this could be high scoring,” Sayville coach Rob Hoss said. “Our defense has to be prepared for a very athletic quarterback who can run and throw.”

The key here is can the Kings Park defense slow down Coan, a quarterback they’ve never played against? Coan, who’s committed to play at Wisconsin, completed 14 of 19 passes for 186 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s 42-0 win over West Babylon. He has a Long Island-record 7,811 passing yards and 101 career touchdown passes.

Cooper completed 21 of 37 passes for 402 yards and three touchdown passes and added 86 yards rushing and two scores.

This one could be a statistician’s dream.

In other football action:

Ward Melville at Longwood, Friday, 6 p.m.: The defending L.I. Class I champion hosts upstart Ward Melville. Both teams are 1-0 after Longwood survived against a gritty Commack team to pull out a 28-26 win. Senior halfback Latrell Horton scored twice. Ward Melville used big-play defense to pull away from Northport for a 35-7 win. John Corpac returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a score and Eddie Muñoz had a 57-yard INT return for a score and a 24-yard TD reception. This Friday night showdown under the lights will feature two storylines. Can Longwood cement itself as the team to beat again in 2016? Or can Ward Melville play with the teams in the upper-echelon in this division? Are we ready for a title run with all these athletes this year?

Connetquot at Lindenhurst, Friday, 6 p.m.: The Bulldogs were in the Suffolk final two years in a row, winning the title in 2014, the same year that Connetquot beat them, 14-10, in the regular season. It is an old fashioned hard-hitting rivalry. The Bulldogs swept Connetquot last year, including a 31-7 win in the semifinals.

Baldwin at Hempstead, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Baldwin, a perennial playoff qualifier, meets Hempstead seemingly on the rebound from some lean years. Hempstead lost its opener in the waning seconds to Massapequa, 35-34. Baldwin was beaten, 33-0, by Farmingdale, the defending Nassau I champion.

Newfield at West Islip, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Newfield enjoyed its first 12-0 season in school history on its way to winning the L.I. Class II title a year ago. They’re off to a 2-0 start but will be hard pressed to beat West Islip. Junior QB Jake Guercio is athletic and runs the offense very well. The defense hasn’t yielded a point in two games.

St. Anthony’s at Chaminade, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: The Flyers were 0-9 last year but beating Kellenberg, 42-20, in the season opener is a sign of good things to come. Tough matchup against a St. Anthony’s team coming off a 21-20 loss to New Jersey powerhouse Delbarton.


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