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Losing isn't in Carey's vocabulary

Carey quarterback Michael Catanese throws a pass for

Carey quarterback Michael Catanese throws a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter of a Nassau II varsity football game against host Westbury on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Credit: James Escher

Anthony Catapano has never lost.

Well, maybe playing Tic Tac Toe, or video games, or even basketball and baseball. But not in varsity football.

"Going .500 and making the playoffs is considered a successful season," said Catapano, an All-Long Island lineman at Carey. "Not losing a game in two years and having a chance to do it again this year, that's not an everyday thing."

Yet, every day that Catapano has stepped off a football field after a game the past two seasons, he has done so with Carey having outscored its opponent.

The Seahawks begin this season on a 24-game win streak after capturing second consecutive county and Long Island championships, and the Rutgers Cup.

"The time and effort we put into this, we get what we put in," said Catapano, who is bound for Stony Brook University. "We put in work, and wins come with that."

Winning is all that second-year quarterback Mike Catanese knows. After guiding the Seahawks' no-huddle, spread offense that averaged 40.8 points per game last season, he says he worked on throwing the ball downfield to create more of a balanced attack. By doing so, the Seahawks can capitalize on their depth at the skill positions, which includes slot receivers Anthony Millan and Jake Safuto.

"We feel like we're probably as fast as we've been on offense in a long time," said coach Mike Stanley.

Protecting Catanese's blind side will be Joe Randazzo, who shifts to left tackle after thriving at left guard as a junior. He'll also open holes for the run game, along with Catapano, a dominant run blocker at right tackle.

"You can run anyone behind him," Randazzo said of Catapano.

The 4-3 defense, which allowed 9.4 points last season, will be anchored by Mike Kadnar, a two-way lineman, and safety Angelo Cona. They plan to contain high-powered teams like MacArthur, Garden City, Wantagh and others that want to dethrone Carey . . . and let players like Catapano and Catanese know what a loss feels like.

"We just can't see ourselves going into a locker room after a game we just lost," Catanese said. "We've never had that feeling. I don't want to have that feeling."


2014 Record: 12-0

Coach: Mike Stanley, ninth year

Key players

Anthony Catapano, OL/DL, 6-2/285, Sr.

Mike Catanese, OB, 6-3/180, Sr.

Joseph Randazzo, OL/DL, 6-4/230, Jr.

Anthony Millan, WR/DB, 6-3/180, Sr.

Jake Safuto, WR/RB/DB, 5-7/165, Sr.

About the Seahawks: The two-time defending Class II Long Island champions have gone unbeaten in each of the last two seasons. Talented line led by Catapano also includes Kadnar. Tremendous depth at the skill positions, including wideouts, Julian Chung and Tyler DeMeo.


2014 Record: 6-3

Coach: Bobby Fehrenbach, 17th year

Key players

Jimmy Kelleher, QB, 6-3/195, Sr.

Jared Wolfe, WR/LB, 6-0/185, Sr.

Mike Rothberg, FB/LB, 6-0/200, Sr.

Ryan O'Shea, OL/DL, 5-11/220, Jr.

Vin Martino, RB/DB, 5-9/170

About the Generals: All five linebackers, including Marc Arboleda, Dan Joyce, and Matt DeBlaiso return. Versatile offense, led by Kelleher and Wolfe, has interchangeable players at running back and wide receiver.


2014 Record: 8-2

Coach: Dave Ettinger, first year

Key players

Brian Haeffner, RB/DB, 5-9/175, Sr.

Timmy Schmelzinger, QB/DB, 5-11/165, Sr.

John Wotczak, OL/DL, 6-0/210, Sr.

Brett Bello, LB/TE, 5-11/200, Sr.

Dan Confort, LB/FB, 6-1/195, Sr.

About the Trojans: Haeffner brings speed and strength. Schmelzinger has improved his arm strength in the offseason. Disciplined defense is led by Confort, a second-year starter who reads offenses very well.


2014 Record: 6-4

Coach: Keith Sachs, 24th year

Key players

Dylan Beckwith, WR/DB, 6-2/175, Sr.

Corey Sachs, TE/LB, 6-2/225, Sr.

Kyle Sliwak, RB/LB, 5-10/195, Sr.

Rob Tucker, QB, 6-1/170, Sr.

Bruno Surace, RB, 5-9/195, Sr.

About the Warriors: Led by three-year, two-way starters Beckwith, Sachs and Sliwak. Unpredictable and balanced offense can run a variety of formations with different personnel at any time, forcing opponents to defend the whole field.


2014 Record: 5-5

Coach: Scott Martin, seventh year

Key players

Tyreek Bromley, RB/LB, 5-9/200, Jr.

Jordan Teemer, RB/FB/WR/LB/S, 5-10/185, Sr.

Josh Keitz, WR/CB, 5-11/165, Sr.

Sam Brown, QB, 6-2/190, Jr.

TJ Farrell, OL/DL, 6-1/205, Jr.

Bromley is a workhorse in a run-heavy offense. New quarterback Brown has a strong arm and good footwork. Teemer is versatile and a big hitter in terms of blocking and tackling. Thomas Rutherig, a middle linebacker, leads a 4-3 defense.


2014 Record: 5-4

Coach: George Kasimatis, seventh year

Key players

Elijah Tracey, QB/DB, 6-1/170, Sr.

Yvans Oscar, WR/DB, 5-8/165, Jr.

Hamza Akram, OL/DL, 6-3/215, Sr.

Niko Rullo, WR/LB, 6-2/195, Sr.

Trevor Regnier, WR/DB, 6-3/175, Sr.

About the Indians: Tracey is the field general on both sides of the ball. Young team but with great speed, especially at wide receiver with Oscar, Rullo, Regnier and senior Kevin Fuseyamore. This is the first season on their new turf field.


2014 Record: 6-3

Coach: Anthony Cracco, eighth year

Key players

Isaac Lozada, WR/DB, 5-9/165, Sr.

Kha-lil Goodman, OL/DL, 6-3/245, Sr.

Joe Franco, WR/LB, 5-10/200, Sr.

Davin Jones, OL/DL, 5-10/225, Jr.

Mike Azzariti, OB/DB, 5-10/155, Sr.

About the Pirates: Lozada has speed and can read defenses to make adjustments on routes. Spread offense, which also features senior wide receiver Matt Lambert, will be more balanced. Lines have increased athleticism.


2014 Record: 3-6

Coach: Jay Hegi, 14th year

Key players

Aston Brown, WR/LB, 5-9/175, Sr.

Matthew Penalvert, WR/S, 5-11/165, Sr.

Harold Elizee, RB/LB, 5-10/190, Sr.

Princeton Gahagan, WR/S, 6-2/175, Sr.

Kengsley Jean-Gills, TE/DE, 5-10/200, Sr.

About the Spartans: Deep receiving corps, led by Brown, creates a dangerous passing attack. Penalvert is a strong route runner with good hands. Junior QB Aaron Ruthman has arm strength and accuracy. Clay Carbon leads an improved offensive line.


2014 Record: 4-5

Coach: Brian Moeller, second year

Key players

Anthony Calamusa, FB/LB, 5-11/215 Sr.

Dan Tack, RB/CB, 5-9/172, Sr.

Will Teves, OL/DL, 6-2/275, Sr.

Greg Grippa, RB/LB, 5-6/160, Sr.

P.J. Pinto, WR/CB, 6-0/160, Sr.

About the Colts: Downhill running team in the flexbone formation. Calamusa is a hard runner who is tough to take down and Tack has speed. Teves takes on double teams and senior Christian Martinelli anchors the offensive line.


2014 Record: 3-5

Coach: Savalis Charles, fourth year

Key players

Shalike Merchant, RB/LB, 5-9/168, Sr.

Jhonny Cruz, FB/DL, 6-0/245, Sr.

Tykim Anderson, WR/RB/DB, 5-9/145, Sr.

Ryan Singh, OL/DL, 6-2/288, Sr.

Nayya Miller, DB/QB/WR, 5-9/140, Sr.

About the Green Dragons: Missed playoffs by one game last season. Aggressive ground-and-pound team that will feed the ball to Merchant. Paving the way for him for a third straight season at fullback is Cruz, a strong and physical player.


2014 Record: 3-5

Coach: Henry Simpkins, third year

Key players

Jack Miller, RB/LB, 6-0/185, Sr.

Connor Barrett, QB, 6-2/180, Sr.

Kyle Cherry, DB/WR, 6-0/175, Sr.

Christopher Halleran, OG/DT, 6-0/215, Sr.

William Theodoropoulos, E/LB, 6-3/195, Jr.

About the Indians: They move up from Conference III. Miller runs well between the tackles and can catch the ball out of the backfield. Barrett, who sees the field well, takes over under center in the spread offense. Halleran is quick and strong on the line.


2014 Record: 3-5

Coach: Kevin Dolan, 16th year

Key players

Joe Gardella, RB/DB, 5-9/185, Sr.

Mark Chambers, QB/DB, 5-9/180, Sr.

Dan Diaz, OL/DL, 6-1/230, Jr.

Ryan Klett, RB/LB, 5-10/180, Sr.

Jake Villacis, WR/DB, 5-8/150, Sr.

About the Gladiators: Last year transitioned to a spread offense and 44 defense and improved from 0-8 to 3-5. This season, they feature a bigger offensive line, led by Diaz and Dean Ferrera, and experienced skill players like Gardella, a fast, hard runner.


2014 Record: 3-5

Coach: Tom Campolettano, first year

Key players

Donovan Condon, RB/LB, 5-8/170, Sr.

Kevin Zheng, RB/DE, 5-10/165, Sr.

Hunter Principe, OL/LB, 5-10/185, Jr.

Asad Jilani, OL/DL, 5-11/220, Sr.

Jonny D'Costa, RB/CB, 5-7/150, Sr.

About the Jayhawks: Led on both sides by Condon, last season's leading rusher and tackler. Junior QB Ross Platz takes over in the spread offense. Junior running back/cornerback Patrick Jung has tremendous speed.


2014 Record: 2-6

Coach: Thomas Durnin, second year

Key players

Jack Jones, TE/DE, 6-0/190, Jr.

Lyle Richman, WR/S, 5-10/170, Sr.

Nico Racalbuto, QB/S, 5-11/175, Sr.

Ryan Rodriguez, OT/DT, 6-2/215, Jr.

Daniel Gavigan, WR/DB, 6-0/180, Jr.

About the Cougars: Feature a mix of carriers in what should be a more balanced offense, led by Racalbuto. Jones has good hands at tight end in the spread offense and gets to the quarterback at defensive end in the 4-2-5 formation.

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