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Independent football preview: LI Lutheran, Port Washington

Long Island Lutheran running back Tristan Etienne. It

Long Island Lutheran running back Tristan Etienne. It is for the 2015 high school football preview. Credit:

Two Long Island teams will compete with schedules against independent opponents. Long Island Lutheran returns all but two starters from last year’s team, including Tristan Etienne, who rushed for 860 yards and six touchdowns. Junior TE Messiah Swinson is already attracting interest from several major D-I colleges.

Port Washington will play an independent schedule after a difficult 1-7 season in Nassau I.


2015 record: 2-7

Coach: James Brady, first season

Key Players

Tristan Etienne, RB/Safety, 5-9, 183 Sr.

Kyle Clancy, OL/DL, 5-11, 280 Sr.

Brendon Allen, WR/DB, 5-7, 148 Sr.

Josh Fogg, QB, 5-10, 155 Sr.

Messiah Swinson, TE/DE, 6-7, 225 Jr.

About the Crusaders: Long time LuHi head coach Chris Reno stepped down and has been replaced by offensive coordinator James Brady. Etienne returns for the Crusaders after a junior season where he rushed for six touchdowns and 860 yards.


2015 Record: 1-7

Coach: Adam Hovorka, first season

Key Players

Jose Ramirez, RB/MLB, 6-0, 195, Sr.

Jacob Kaypour, QB/SS, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Justin Maravilla, OL/DL, 6-1, 275, Sr.

Jujuan Curtis, WR/RB/ S, 5-10, 170, Sr.

Drew Reiter, QB/WR/FS, 6-1, 190 Jr.

About the Vikings: Port Washington is playing an independent schedule in 2016 and is strong at the quarterback and skill positions. The Vikings are looking to bounce back from a disappointing season last year.

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