It didn't take East Islip coach Sal Ciampi very long to cut right to the chase as a newcomer to Suffolk III. "I'd gotten wind of the move, and by December, I had all 12 of Sayville's game films from last season," said Ciampi, whose team moved out of Division II this year because of declining enrollment.
So Ciampi knows all about Sayville's nationally recruited junior quarterback Jack Coan, who set Long Island records for passing yardage (3,431) and touchdowns (40) as a sophomore. And he knows the second-seeded Golden Flashes, who won 11 straight games in 2014 before losing to Lawrence in the Class III LIC, will be the primary challenge to his top-seeded East Islip team that also reached the LIC last season, falling to Carey in the Class II title game.
"That's the game that everyone has circled on their calendars," Ciampi said of the Week 7 matchup between host East Islip and Sayville on Oct. 17.
Sayville features Coan and a talented but inexperienced crop of receivers in a pass-heavy spread offense. "It's a puzzle," Golden Flashes coach Rob Hoss said of the new targets for Coan's accurate passes. "They have the talent and the potential to be as good as any group of receivers we've had."
East Islip counters with the running of gritty quarterback Jack Hannigan (11 touchdowns), who also is a fierce-tackling linebacker, and a stout defense led by 320-pound junior tackle Kyle Nuñez and safety John Sihpol.
No. 3 Miller Place, with two-way lineman Kieran Glynn leading an experienced core, and No. 4 Islip, with running back Michael St. Lewis and Raphael Alomar providing some offense to go along with a traditionally tough defense, will be contenders.
For Ciampi, all the contenders will be new, and some traditional rivals are gone. "We've been in League II since 1992 and you play teams so many times, there is familiarity," Ciampi said. "For us not to play West Islip will be weird. And we had good rivalries with Riverhead, North Babylon and Bellport. But other than that, I don't care who we play."
Neither does Hannigan, a senior who will face an entirely new slate of opponent. Said Hannigan, "It should be fun."
1. EAST ISLIP REDMEN
2014 record: 8-4
Coach: Sal Ciampi, 15th season
Jack Hannigan, QB/LB, 5-8, 175, Sr.
Kyle Nunez, G/DT, 6-3, 320, Jr.
John Sihpol, WR/S, 6-1, 175, Sr.
Justin Tavares, RB/CB, 5-9, 170, So.
Pat Fitzpatrick, OT/DT, 6-4, 270, Jr.
About the Redmen: Signature hard-hitting defense is led by Hannigan (77 tackles) and the 320-pound Nunez. Tavares and Sihpol each had three interceptions. Hannigan runs the offense, too, and looks to improve on his 24 total touchdowns (11 rushing, 13 passing).
2. SAYVILLE GOLDEN FLASHES
2014 record: 11-1
Coach: Rob Hoss, 14th season
Jack Coan, QB, 6-3, 185, Jr.
Nicholas Casazza, WR/DB, 5-9, 150, Sr.
Mike Leach, OL/DL, 6-2, 240, Sr.
Liam Bailey, OL/LB, 6-2, 220, Sr.
Jake Kolar, WR/DB, 5-6, 160, Jr.
About the Golden Flashes: Coan who set L.I. records for yardage (3,431) and touchdowns (40) last season, will throw to an entirely new core of receivers, led by Casazza. Leach (46 tackles) and Bailey (76 tackles) are excellent two-way linemen. Junior Jay Intermesoli is 66-for-71 on PATs.
3. MILLER PLACE PANTHERS
2014 record: 8-2
Coach: Ron Petrie, 15th season
Stephen Farrell, QB, 6-2, 185, Sr.
Kieran Glynn, OL/DL, 6-3, 285, Sr.
Mike Bodnar, TE/DB, 5-10, 175, Sr.
Joe Filippetti, FB/LB, 5-10, 230, Jr.
Matt Bell, RB/DB, 6-1, 200, Sr.
About the Panthers: Feature eight returnees on defense and a big offensive line led by Glynn. Filippetti, Bodnar and Ryan Ammirato are tackling machines. Farrell looks to improve on 920 yards passing and eight touchdown passes. Matt Bell moves from running back to wide receiver.
4. ISLIP BUCCANEERS
2014 record: 8-3
Coach: Jamie Lynch, 10th season
Raphael Alomar, WR/DB, 6-1, 180, Sr.
Michael St. Lewis, RB/LB, 6-0, 185, Sr.
Ryan Smith, G/DT, 6-2, 290, Sr.
Greg Hodulik, C/DE, 6-1, 215, Jr.
Anthony Navaro, TE/LB, 6-0, 195, Sr.
About the Buccaneers: Alomar (800 yards receiving, eight TDs) and St. Lewis (1,250 yards rushing, 14 TDs) are big-play offensive threats. But both lines were decimated by graduation, leaving it up to veterans Smith and Hodulik to be anchors until the young players mature.
5. WESTHAMPTON HURRICANES
2014 record: 6-3
Coach: Bill Parry, 19th season
Bryce Phillips, QB/S, 5-01, 10, Sr.
Devin Laube, C/DT, 5-10, 250, Sr.
Dylan Laube, RB/DB, 5-9, 165, So.
Ed Ford, OT/DE, 6-1, 220, Sr.
Max O'Henry, OT/DT, 6-2, 245, Sr.
About the Hurricanes: Phillips is a throw-back all-purpose player who rarely leaves the field. He's the quarterback, safety, kick returner and punter. Devin Laube, O'Henry and Ford provide size and experience up front for a team that expects to again be in the playoff picture.
6. ROCKY POINT EAGLES
2014 record: 5-4
Coach: Craig Perrino, fourth season
C.J. Perrino, OL/DL, 6-0, 250, Sr.
Harrison Lynch, QB/S, 5-5, 145, Sr.
Michael Brewer, RB/LB, 5-10, 170, Jr.
Paul Dominguez, RB/LB, 5-10, 170, Sr.
Ray Kohlaff, LB/WR, 6-1, 180, Sr.
About the Eagles: Lynch accounted for six rushing and five passing touchdowns. Perrino is a two-way force on the line. Brewer made 53 tackles as a sophomore. Dominguez added 26. Running game remains the primary strength.
7. COMSEWOGUE WARRIORS
2014 record: 3-6
Coach: Sean Tremblay, fifth season
Andrew Carolan, OT/DT, 6-2, 285, Sr.
Gavin Holroyd, LB/G, 6-1, 235, Sr.
Bryan Hurley, LB/FB, 5-9, 210, Sr.
Austin Haynia, Sr., RB/S, 5-8, 185
Alex Velasquez, WR/CB, 6-0, 175, Sr.
About the Warriors: Core players return, led by two-way tackle Carolan. Holroyd and Hurley are dynamic linebackers. Haynia and Velasquez are the biggest offensive threats, but that unit must improve on last year's 16 points per game.
8. AMITYVILLE WARRIORS
2014 record: 0-8
Coach: Bill Kretz, second season
Elijah Duff, RB/S, 5-11, 190, Sr.
Deonte Wilson, LB, 6-1, 225, So.
Andrew Abate, DT, 6-2, 285, Sr.
Jimmy Pierre-Saint, G, 6-1, 330, Sr.
Jonas Archer, C/LB, 6-0, 230, Sr.
About the Warriors: Earning an eighth seed after a winless season indicates the coaches believe Amityville will turn things around. If so, it's because Duff and sophomore QB Jala Goad will have breakout seasons. Abate and Pierre-Saint lead the defensive line. Skills players lack experience.
9. KINGS PARK KINGSMEN
2014 record: 2-6
Coach: Mark O'Brien, 21st season
Mickey Hopkins, G/LB, 6-1, 230, Sr.
Kevin Reichardt, RB/LB, 6-1, 205, Sr.
Nick Ciavolella, G/DE, 5-10, 215, Sr.
Matt Guercio, OT/DT, 5-11, 265, Jr.
Jimmy Gadaleta, WR/S, 5-9, 165, Sr.
About the Kingsmen: Hopkins is a three-year starter and a dominant middle linebacker. Reichardt is also a three-year starter and team leader. Ciavolella anchors the defensive line. Gadaleta has good speed and hands. Junior Matt Estherson led team in receptions last year.
10. HARBORFIELDS TORNADOES
2014 record: 3-5
Coach: Mike Potter, 13th season
Cody Cunningham, QB/DB, 6-1, 180, Sr.
Christian Ohlenschlaeger, OT/DT, 6-4, 275, Sr.
Danny Morgan, WR/S, 6-3, 180, Sr.
Ryan Hill, G/DE, 6-1, 225, Sr.
Christian Post, G/DE, 5-10, 220, Sr.
About the Tornadoes: Cunningham rushed for 800 yards and 700 passing and totaled 14 TDs. Morgan led the team in receptions, receiving TDs and interceptions. Offensive line returns four starters: Ohlenschlaeger, Hill, Post and Bryan Leveque.
11. HAUPPAUGE EAGLES
2014 record: 3-5
Coach: Stephen Chmela, first season
Thomas Balcom, QB, 6-1, 180, Sr.
Max Weinsein, OL/DL, 6-2, 220, Sr.
Marcos Bisono, RB/LB, 5-9, 175, Sr.
Kyle Brady, WR/C, 5-9, 170, Sr.
Jack Spera, WR/FS, 6-0, 170, Sr.
About the Eagles: A priority for the new coaching staff is to improve an offense that averaged 11 points a game last year. Balcom, Bisono, Brady and Spera are experienced skill players hoping to have breakout seasons.
12. EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR SHARKS
2014 record: 5-5
Coach: Bill Ashton, second season
Matt Kane, QB, 6-0, 190, Sr.
Nick Garone, RB/LB, 5-10, 190, Sr.
Alex German, OL/DL, 6-0, 250, Sr.
Kenny Dunne, WR/DL, 6-5, 220, Sr.
Mitchell Johnson, RB/LB, 6-1, 200, Sr.
About the Sharks: Some offensive firepower returns, led by Kane, who threw for 1,630 yards and 10 TDs. Garone showed range with 102 tackles, 13 for losses. He also rushed for 311 yards. German, Dunne and Johnson are experienced on defense.