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Garden City's Ford Carney Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

1. GARDEN CITY TROJANS

Coach: Dave Ettinger, 5th season

2018 record: 12-0

KEY PLAYERS

Christian Sullivan, OL/LB, 6-5, 255, Sr.; Billy Kephart, OL/LB, 6-1, 200, Sr.; Holden Overbeck, QB/TE, 6-3, 190, Sr.; Ford Carney, RB/DB, 5-10, 185, Sr.; Christian Holloway, OL/DL, 6-2, 215, Sr.

ABOUT THE TROJANS

Three-time reigning Long Island Champions carry a 36-game winning streak into the season and will look to Sullivan and Kephart to anchor the offensive line.

2. MACARTHUR GENERALS

Coach: Bobby Fehrenbach, 21st season

2018 record: 6-4

KEY PLAYERS

Hugh Kelleher, RB/LB, 6-2, 200, Sr.; Sean Tierney, OL/DL, 6-2, 255, Sr.; Dan Calderon, WR/LB, 5-10, 195, Sr.; Joe Manfredo, QB/DB, 5-7, 160, Sr.; Colin Muller, TE/DB, 6-0, 180, Sr.

ABOUT THE GENERALS

Return much of the production from a team that reached last season’s county semifinals, including Kelleher (1,221 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns, 87 tackles).

3. CAREY SEAHAWKS

Coach: Mike Stanley, 13th season

2018 Record: 7-3

KEY PLAYERS

Jason Kessler, QB, 6-0, 170, Sr.; Anthony DeNicola, RB/LB, 6-2, 190, Jr.; Joseph Todaro, TE/LB, 5-11, 180, Jr.; Louis Capriotti, C/DE, 6-0, 180, Sr.; James Stein, WR/LB, 5-11, 175, Sr.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS

Kessler will have an athletic group to throw to on the perimeter, including James and Daniel Stein and Nick Bell.    

4. EAST MEADOW JETS

Coach: Douglas Bange, third season

2018 record: 3-6

KEY PLAYERS

Chris Barry, RB/OLB, 5-10, 185, Jr.; Jaheim Perry, QB/CB, 5-11, 165, Sr.; Brandon Love, RB/S, 5-11,175, Sr.; Jason Staunton, OL/DL, 5-8, 220, Sr.; Marc Giraud, FB/LB, 5-11, 210, Jr.

ABOUT THE JETS

Jets will have plenty of returning experience after a young team made the playoffs in Conference I last year.

5. ELMONT SPARTANS

Coach: Kru Patel, first season

2018 record: 5-4

KEY PLAYERS

Jonathan Maldonado, QB, 6-0, 170, Jr.; Nasir Prince, LB, 6-0, 215, Sr.; Jason Richardson, OL, 5-8, 230, Jr.; Jahtez Humphrey, WR, 6-1, 175, Sr.; Zachary Meikle, DB, 5-10, 160, Sr.

ABOUT THE SPARTANS

Maldonado and Prince lead the offense and defense, respectively, for a young group looking to return to the playoffs.

6. MANHASSET INDIANS

Coach: Jay Iaquinta, second season

2018 record: 5-4

KEY PLAYERS

Aidan Mulholland, RB, 5-11, 190, Jr.; Stefano Troia, LB, 5-9, 175, Sr.; Tim Barrett, QB, 6-1, 180, Sr.; Mark Psyllos, G, 5-9, 190, Sr.; Peter Lapina, WR, 6-1, 175, Sr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS

Mulholland, who scored nine touchdowns, will be featured in an offense predicated on speed and quickness.

7. MEPHAM PIRATES

Coach: Anthony Cracco, 12th season

2018 record: 5-4

KEY PLAYERS

Matt Hegi, LB/TE, 6-2, 210, Sr.; Ryan Hegi, OL/DL, 6-1, 245, Sr.; Nick Liese, OL/DL, 5-11, 280, Sr.; Colin Liese, OL/DL, 5-11, 275, Sr.; Billy Kender, QB/S, 6-0, 170, Jr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS

Twins Matt and Ryan Hegi are impact players on both sides of the ball and lead a strong front seven.

8. CALHOUN COLTS

Coach: Brian Moeller, sixth season

2018 record: 4-5

KEY PLAYERS

Chris Adami, QB, 6-0, 200, Sr.; Eric Porfido, WR/LB, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Ryan Baci, TE/LB, 6-1, 190, Jr.; Nate Bastien, RB/DB, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Tom Frank, OL/DL, 6-0, 250, Sr.

ABOUT THE COLTS

Adami and a receiving corps that includes Porfido and Baci will key the young Colts’ efforts to get back to the semifinals.

9. LONG BEACH MARINES

Coach: Scott Martin, 11th season

2018 record: 2-6

KEY PLAYERS

Janada Hamilton, OL/DL, 5-10, 230, Sr.; Hayden Henry, RB/LB, 5-11, 205, Sr.; Shaquan Johnson, WR/DB, 5-9, 165, Sr.; John Schaeffer, OL/DL, 6-0, 210, Sr.; Ryan Buonocore, WR/DB, 5-10, 175, Jr.

ABOUT THE MARINES

Hamilton anchors the line of both sides of the ball for the conference newcomers and will create space for Henry.

10. VALLEY STREAM CENTRAL EAGLES

Coach: Michael Rubino, fourth season

2018 record: 3-5

KEY PLAYERS

Robert Nunez, QB/LB, 5-10, 200, Sr.; Nate Grimsley, RB/DE, 6-1, 205, Sr.; Jaicob Tejada, WR/DE, 6-1, 185, Sr.; Ramario Jackson, OT/DT, 6-1, 240, Sr.; Dawin Fanor, RB/CB, 6-2, 195, Jr.

ABOUT THE EAGLES

Nunez is a versatile playmaker on offense and a constant presence on defense.

11. HERRICKS HIGHLANDERS

Coach: Mike Yoo, 11th season

2018 record: 3-5

KEY PLAYERS

Cole LaRock, RB/LB, 5-7, 165, Sr.; Chris Gerazounis, WR/DB, 6-0, 170, Sr.; Ruiz Kamaruszaman, OL/LB, 5-10, 185, Sr.; Nate Dowd, OL/DL, 6-0, 230, Sr.; Matt Polo, OL/DL, 5-10, 240, Sr.

ABOUT THE HIGHLANDERS

LaRock made 54 tackles last season, while Gerazounis caught 32 passes for 582 yards and four touchdowns.

12. BELLMORE JFK COUGARS

Coach: Johnny McGuire, second season

2018 record: 3-5

KEY PLAYERS

Justin Rosenfeld, QB, 5-9, 170, Jr.; Jason Small, WR/DB, 5-10, 185, Sr.; Liam Orr, RB/LB, 5-11, 190, Sr.; John Ohanian, OL, 6-3, 220, Sr.; John Leone, OL/DL, 5-11, 220, Jr.

ABOUT THE COUGARS

Cougars were competitive in most of their outings last year, losing three games by six points or fewer.

13. SEWANHAKA INDIANS

Sewanhaka football talked Thursday about changing the league's perceptions of their team coming off a 1-7 record in 2017-18, to no longer being thought of as an underdog. Credit: Newsday / Nick Klopsis

Coach: George Kasimatis, 11th season

2018 Record: 1-7

KEY PLAYERS

Jeremiah Mirville, OL/DL, 5-10, 220, Sr.; Chukwudi Uchendu, QB/DB, 6-0, 180, Sr.; Christian Mullings, WR/DB, 5-8, 165, Sr.; Emmanuel Turbi, WR/DB, 6-1, 190, Sr.; Preston Harts, WR/DB, 6-3, 180, Sr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS

Mirville provides strength on the line for a team that also has speed on the outside.

14. NEW HYDE PARK GLADIATORS

Coach: Colin Maier, third season

2018 record: 0-8

KEY PLAYERS

Michael Destin, WR/DB, 5-11, 175, Sr.; Robert Dunn, OL/DL, 6-1, 220, Sr.; Abidin Dauti, OL/DL, 6-3, 220, Sr.; Jay Sanchez, TE/LB, 6-0, 205, Sr.; Chris Dardeen, OL/DL, 6-2, 240, Sr.

ABOUT THE GLADIATORS

Senior playmakers will lead a team looking to take steps in the right direction.

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