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Whitman quarterback Nicholas Bottoni attemps pass in Suffolk

Whitman quarterback Nicholas Bottoni attemps pass in Suffolk Division I championship against Floyd at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium on Friday night, Nov. 19, 2021. Credit: Peter Frutkoff


He completed 10 of 18 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns to lead Whitman to their first Suffolk Division I title in 37 years with a 42-7 win over three-time defending champion Floyd.


The defensive back had a game changing third quarter interception in a 21-10 comeback win over St. John the Baptist. He also had seven tackles.


He rushed for 178 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 35-28 win over Sayville for the Suffolk III title. He also completed seven of eight passes for another 116 yards.

A.J. EVANS, Whitman

He scored on TD runs of seven and eight yards in a 42-7 win over Floyd. He finished with 78 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for 52 yards in the Suffolk I win.


The junior wideout caught a 16-yard touchdown pass and sealed Massapequa’s 35-26 Nassau I title game victory with a 27-yard touchdown run on a deception play. In the 14-play, 91-yard drive in the fourth quarter, he rushed five times for 49 yards including the score.

NICK LaROSA, North Shore

The junior running back carried 15 times for 101 yards and scored touchdowns on runs of 41 and 1 yard in a 21-14 win over Cold Spring Harbor in the Nassau IV title game. He also had two tackles for a loss.

CHARLIE McKEE, Oceanside

He rushed 20 times for 141 yards and scored touchdowns on runs of 1 and 2 yards and went 21-for-32 passing for 215 yards and a pair of TD passes to Ronnie Kraemer in a 35-26 loss to Massapequa.


He returned a fumble 96 yards for the go-ahead score in a 35-28 win over Sayville. The defensive end also had 11 tackles, including three for a loss.


The defensive back had three interceptions in a 13-0 win over Lindenhurst for the Suffolk II title.


The Red Devil defenders led the way to a 27-0 Nassau III championship victory by holding Bethpage to 35 yards of offense on 41 snaps. Plainedge had 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and made three interceptions, including Anthony Morello’s pick six in the fourth quarter.

TOM STUEBER, Chaminade

He ran for two scores and passed for 59 yards and another score in a 43-7 win over Moore Catholic for the CHSFL Class AA-1 title.

DYLAN ZAHN, Shoreham-Wading River

The quarterback made the perfect throw to Liam Leonard on a fourth down and 7 play from the Wildcats 29 for the winning 71-yard touchdown in a 26-23 comeback win over Bayport-Blue Point for the Suffolk IV crown.

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