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Nassau II team-by-team football preview

Garden City, 12-0 last year, is poised to repeat in Nassau II.

Running back Trevor Yeboah-Kodie and QB Colin Hart

Running back Trevor Yeboah-Kodie and QB Colin Hart return to lead Garden City's powerful offense. Photo Credit: James Escher

1. GARDEN CITY TROJANS

2017 record: 12-0

Coach: Dave Ettinger, 3rd year

KEY PLAYERS

Trevor Yeboah-Kodie RB/DB, 6-0, 185, Sr.; Colin Hart, QB/DB, 6-1, 175, Sr.; Justin Coppola RB/DB 5-6, 165, Sr.; Danny Boccafola TE/DE, 6-1, 180, Sr.; Steven Moscatiello DL, 5-10, 175, Sr.

ABOUT THE TROJANS

Reigning Long Island champions allowed 5.8 points per game and scored at least 30 points 10 times.

2. CAREY SEAHAWKS

2017 record: 5-5

Coach: Mike Stanley, 12th year

KEY PLAYERS

Nicholas Giacalone WR/DB, 6-0, 170, Sr.; Devin Hartz RB/LB, 5-8, 170, Sr.; Vincenzo Milione OL/DL, 6-3, 295, Sr.; Riley Demeo, WR/DB, 5-9, 155, Sr., Patrick McGrath, QB/WR, 6-1, 180, Sr..

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS

Rich Mejia and Andre Blanc join Milione on a deep defensive line for the 2017 semifinalists.

3. CALHOUN COLTS

2017 record: 6-4

Coach: Brian Moeller, 5th year

KEY PLAYERS

Ariel DeJesus FB/LB, 6-0, 190, Sr.; Tommy Casimano RB/CB, 6-0, 160, Sr.; Jack Annibale C/DT, 6-5, 300, Sr.; Matt Marziliano WR/S, 6-0, 160, Sr.; Nick Turrini QB/S, 6-0, 165, Sr.

ABOUT THE COLTS

Speed will be key for a team aiming to return to the county semifinals.

4. MEPHAM PIRATES

2017 record: 8-3

Coach: Anthony Cracco, 11th year

KEY PLAYERS

John Aliberti OL/DL, 6-4, 280, Sr.; Anthony Paolino WR/DB, 5-10, 160, Sr.; Anthony Novello WR/DB, 5-11, 175, Sr.; Marco Baez OL/DL, 6-2, 245, Sr.; Nick Cucinella WR/DB, 5011, 165, Sr.

ABOUT THE PIRATES

Aliberti leads the way up front, while Paolino and Novello are playmakers for last season’s county runners-up.

5. MACARTHUR GENERALS

2017 record: 5-4

Coach: Bobby Fehrenbach, 20th year

KEY PLAYERS

Tom Kelleher RB/LB, 6-2, 190, Jr.; Sean Tierney OL/DL, 6-2, 250, Jr.; Dan Calderon WR/LB, 5-10, 180, Jr.; Justin Goodwin RB/DL, 5-10, 190, Sr.; Kevin O’Shea OL/DL, 6-4, 20, Sr.

ABOUT THE GENERALS

Kelleher, who made 91 tackles, leads a young team.

6. ELMONT SPARTANS

2017 record: 5-4

Coach: Jay Hegi, 17th year

Emmanuel Flemming OL/DL, 5-11, 245, Sr.; Jaiyetoro Gordon-Young WR/S, 5-11, 175, Sr.; Klay DeHaney OL/DL, 6-0, 235, Sr.; James Pierre WR/CB, 6-0, 170, Sr.; Mikhail Reid OL/LB, 6-2, 220, Sr.

ABOUT THE SPARTANS

Flemming anchors the line on both sides of the ball.

7. BELLMORE JFK COUGARS

2017 Record: 4-5

Coach: Johnny McGuire, 1st year

KEY PLAYERS

Marco Travaglione LB/TE, 6-2, 220, Sr.; Matt Jones QB, 6-3, 185, Sr.; Jordan Pitti RB/DE, 5-11, 195, Sr.; Zach Schuit WR/DB, 5-11, 200, Sr.; Zach Rosenfeld WR/DB, 5-10, 190, Sr.

ABOUT THE COUGARS

Experienced team will look for a third straight playoff berth with a balanced offense and athletic defensive front.

8. VALLEY STREAM CENTRAL EAGLES

2017 record: 2-6

Coach: Michael Rubino, 3rd year

KEY PLAYERS

Armani O’Brady, QB/LB, 6-0, 190, Sr.; Robert Nunez, WR/LB, 5-11, 215, Jr.; Ramario Jackson, OT/DT, 6-0, 225, Jr.; Carlos Morales, OT/DT, 6-3, 275, Sr.; Wakeem Jackson, WR/DB, 5-8, 165, So.

ABOUT THE EAGLES

O’Brady is a playmaker who leads a young but talented group.

9. HERRICKS/ROSLYN

2017 record: 2-6

Coach: Mike Yoo, 10th year

KEY PLAYERS

William McCreery QB, 6-2, 175, Sr; Ian Gopie OG/DT, 5-9, 200, Sr.; Cole LaRock RB/LB, 5-7, 175, Jr.; Andrew Cho RB/SS, 5-10, 175; Sr.; Pat McTiernan OL/DE, 6-2, 185, Sr.

ABOUT HERRICKS/ROSLYN

McCreery leads a spread offense that will look to push the tempo, while LaRock and Cho split the carries.

10. NEW HYDE PARK Gladiators

2017 record: 3-5

Coach: Colin Maier, 3rdyear

KEY PLAYERS

Josh Destin RB/DB, 5-9, 170, Sr.; Gamal Elgohary OL/DL, 6-1, 240, Sr.; Biaro Flores OL/DL, 5-10, 290, Sr.; Robert Dunn OL/DL, 6-1, 225, Jr.; Kevin Langan WR/DB, 6-1, 165, Sr.

ABOUT THE GLADIATORS

Destin ran for 1,090 and eight touchdowns while averaging 9 yards per carry.

11. SEWANHAKA INDIANS

2017 record: 3-5

Coach: George Kasimatis, 10th year

KEY PLAYERS

Brandon Valerio OL/DL, 6-1, 265, Sr.; Shawn Cothias TE/DL, 6-3, 215, Sr.; Joseph Carollo-Bayona TE/LB, 6-2, 205, Sr.; Nicholas Baletta QB, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Christian Mullings WR/DB, 5-8, 155, Jr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS

Increased consistency in the running game will be a focus.

12. MANHASSET INDIANS

2017 record: 5-3

Coach: Jay Iaquinta, 1st year

KEY PLAYERS

Steven Vlahakis OL/DL, 6-2, 230, Sr.; Ross Tortora LB, 6-0, 185, Sr.; Derek Mulholland DE, 6-5, 210, Sr.; Owen Connor OL/DL, 6-2, 225, Sr.; Jack Sullivan LB, 6-0, 190, Sr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS

New triple option offense will run behind three-year starter Vlahakis, Connor and Will Allen.

NASSAU II PLAYERS TO WATCH

JOHN ALIBERTI, Mepham

Recorded 15 tackles and a sack while anchoring both sides of the line.

TOM CASIMANO, Calhoun

Ran for 877 yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

JUSTIN COPPOLA, Garden City

Gained 529 yards and scored eight touchdowns on just 55 carries (9.6 yards per rush).

ARIEL DEJESUS, Calhoun

Made 106 tackles, including 21 for a loss and seven sacks, forced six fumbles and had three interceptions.

NICK GIACALONE, Carey

Caught 54 passes for 876 yards and eight touchdowns.

COLIN HART, Garden City

Threw for 762 yards and 10 touchdowns and added 477 yards and three scores on the ground.

VINCENZO MILIONE, Carey

6-3, 295 pound lineman is a physical presence on the interior.

MARCO TRAVAGLIONE, Bellmore JFK

Made 78 tackles to go along with a pair of fumble recoveries and interception.

TREVOR YEBOAH-KODIE, Garden City

Rushed for 1,288 yards and 26 touchdowns and also caught four touchdowns.

STEVEN VLAHAKIS, Manhasset

6-2, 230-pound lineman is a three-year starter on the Indians line.

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