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Nassau II team-by-team preview

Carey's Conor Colasurdo carries the ball during the

Carey's Conor Colasurdo carries the ball during the third quarter of the Nassau County varsity football Conference II semifinals vs. MacArthur at Hofstra. (Nov. 15, 2013) Credit: James Escher

1. CAREY SEAHAWKS

2013 Record: 12-0

Coach: Mike Stanley, 8th year

KEY PLAYERS

Conor Colasurdo

LB/RB/TE, 5-10/215, Sr.

Nick Spillane

WR/RB/DB, 5-10/175, Sr.

Mike DeLeo

RB/DB, 5-9/170, Sr.

Tommy Gallant

DE/WR, 6-3/190, Sr.

Jorge Cerquera

OL/DL, 6-4/225, Jr.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS

Defending Long Island Class II champs will be strong up front, returning four starters on the offensive line and entire front four on defense. Colasurdo led team with 53 tackles in 2013.

 

2. GARDEN CITY TROJANS

2013 Record: 9-2

Coach: Tom Flatley, 30th year

KEY PLAYERS

James Sullivan

RB/SS, 5-10/180, Sr.

Liam Byrnes

OL/DL, 6-3/210, Sr.

Tom Wright

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

Brain Goepfert

OL/DL, 6-4/215, Sr.

Brian Colamussi

WR, 6-3/195, Sr.

ABOUT THE TROJANS

Sullivan and senior Matt Borges will be counted upon to cover in the secondary behind a defensive front replacing all seven players. Sullivan's speed and play-making ability are key on offense.

 

3. WANTAGH WARRIORS

2013 Record: 7-3

Coach: Keith Sachs, 23rd year

KEY PLAYERS

Ralph Sommer

OL/LB, 6-3/220, Sr.

Vinny Vasheo

RB/DB, 5-9/170, Sr.

George Potts

OL/DL, 6-3/235, Sr.

Corey Sachs

TE/LB, 6-1/205, Jr.

Kyle Sliwak

RB/LB, 5-9/180, Jr.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS

Vasheo scored rushing, receiving, kickoff return and on punt returns last season. The Warriors, a perennial contender, are looking for first Nassau crown since 2004.

 

4. ELMONT SPARTANS

2013 Record: 4-5

Coach: Jay Hegi, 13th year

KEY PLAYERS

Kendall St. Louis

WR/CB, 5-10/170, Sr.

Andre Whittick

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

Simon Kalu

QB/Ath, 5-11/180, Sr.

Jermaine Dyer

OL, 6-1/205, Sr.

Anthony Penalvert

WR/LB, 5-11/165, Jr.

ABOUT THE SPARTANS

St. Louis is an explosive player on both sides of the ball and one of five returning wide receivers. Offensive line should be improved with Dyer at center.

 

5. MEPHAM PIRATES

2013 Record: 4-5

Coach: Anthony Cracco, 7th year

KEY PLAYERS

Tyler Davis

QB/DB, 6-5/215, Sr

Yianni Hilas

WR/DB, 5-11/185, Sr.

Gabe Farerri

OL/DL, 5-10/205, Sr.

Joe Franco

RB/LB, 5-10/190, Jr.

John Rooney

OL/DL, 5-8/260, Sr.

ABOUT THE PIRATES

Offense will be more complex behind Davis, a three-year starter and UConn commit, who could be most dynamic dual threat quarterback on Long Island. Hilas is a returning all-division wide receiver.

 

6. LONG BEACH MARINES

2013 Record: 5-4

Coach: Scott Martin, 6th year

KEY PLAYERS

Donovan Campbell

OL/DL, 6-0, 250, Sr.

Eric Zeppa

TE/LB, 6-1/215, Sr.

Nick Nigro

RB/LB, 5-11/205, Sr.

Tyreek Bromley

RB/LB, 5-10/190, So.

Rahmeloh Hodge

WR/LB, 6-1/190, Sr.

ABOUT THE MARINES

Loss of electric running back/defensive back Chris Parler to injury leaves a void on both sides of the ball. Campbell is a returning honorable mention all-County who will anchor both lines.

 

7. WESTBURY GREEN DRAGONS

2013 Record: 3-5

Coach: Savalis Charles, 3rd year

KEY PLAYERS

Shalike Merchant

RB/DB, 5-9/150, Jr.

Raeco Jackson

QB/DB, 5-9/135, Sr.

De Angelo Bien-Aise

WR/LB, 5-11/145, Sr.

Malcolm Funchess

OL/DL, 5-10/288

Jhonny Cruz

RB/DL, 5-11/225, Jr.

ABOUT THE GREEN DRAGONS

Look to make the playoffs after missing the postseason by one game each of last two years. Merchant is dynamic player who set school record for rushing yards last season.

 

8. SEWANHAKA INDIANS

2013 Record: 4-5

Coach: George Kasimatis, 6th year

KEY PLAYERS

Brenton Mighty

RB, 5-7, 175, Sr.

Elijah Tracey

QB, 6-0, 160, Jr.

Mike Parisconda

WR/DB, 5-5, 175, Sr.

Lou Segarra

OL, 6-1, 245, Sr.

Dan Gianotti

OL/LB, 5-10, 225, Sr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS

Make the jump up after securing a playoff berth last year in Conference III. Mighty and Tracey are key offensive weapons.

 

9. CALHOUN COLTS

2013 Record: 2-6

Coach: Brian Moeller, 1st year

KEY PLAYERS

Anthony Fitzsimmons

QB/LB, 5-9/190, Sr.

Thomas Fitzsimmons

RB/DE, 5-9/190, Sr.

Griffin Miller

RB/DB, 6-0/195, Sr.

Dan Donato

RB/LB, 5-6/175, Sr.

William Teves

OT/DT, 6-2/240, Jr.

ABOUT THE COLTS

Colts will debut new turf field in week three and will count on both Fitzsimmons to shoulder the offensive load.

 

10. HERRICKS HIGHLANDERS

2013 Record: 1-7

Coach: Mike Yoo, 6th year

KEY PLAYERS

Gavin Dowd

OL/DL, 6-4/260, Sr.

Alex Kang Jr.

OG/DT, 6-4/300, Jr.

Mark Marciano

WR/FS, 6-0/165, Sr.

Brandon Tai

RB/LB, 5-9/190, Sr.

Denny Kim

RB/SS, 5-8/165, Sr.

ABOUT THE HIGHLANDERS

Dowd and Kang are a formidable interior duo on the line. Tai returns after missing all but one game with a torn ACL.

 

11. NEW HYDE PARK GLADIATORS

2013 Record: 0-8

Coach: Kevin Dolan, 15th year

KEY PLAYERS

Tom Kemmet

QB, 5-9/165, Sr.

Olivier Simeon

OL/DL, 6-0/220, Sr.

Andrew Krauss

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

Bryan Perez

RB/LB, 6-1/205, SR.

Justice Smith

RB/LB, 5-9/195, Sr.

ABOUT THE GLADIATORS

Back in Nassau II after a year in III. Kemmet is a second year starter at quarterback and a team captain.

 

12. BELLMORE JFK COUGARS

2013 Record: 1-7

Coach: Tom Durnin, 1st year

KEY PLAYER

Matt Tenenbaum

RB/OLB, 5-8/170, Sr.

Logan Zoppel

OL/DL, 6-3/225, Sr.

Dominic Albi

OL/LB, 6-0/225, Sr.

Aydin Kessler

OL, 5-10/190, Sr.

Corey Weisfeld

WR/DB, 5-10/180, Sr.

ABOUT THE COUGARS

Zoppel will be key on an offensive line hoping to open up holes for halfback Tenenbaum and Cougars' spread offense.

 

13. JERICHO JAYHAWKS

2013 Record: 4-4

Coach: Tim Drake, 2nd year

KEY PLAYERS

Andrew Adrian

OL/DL, 6-0/230, Sr.

Anthony Costa

OL/DL, 6-1/260, Sr.

Rio Lee

OL/LB, 6-0/230, Sr.

Chris Rodgers

QB, 5-11/185, Jr.

Ben Wachtel

RB, 6-0/155, Jr.

ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS

Wachtel and Donovan Condon lead the rushing attack after combining for more than 1,400 yards last season in Nassau V.

 

14. GREAT NECK SOUTH REBELS

2013 Record: 1-7

Coach: Mark Greene/Mike Passuello, 5th year

KEY PLAYERS

Ben Lee

QB, 5-10/185, Sr.

Aaron Hamooz

RB, 5-10/185, Sr.

Jay Kim

OL, 6-0/180, Sr.

Andrew Cohen

WR, 6-0/185, Sr.

Jeremy Maybaum

TE, 6-0/195, Sr.

ABOUT THE REBELS

The Rebels will depend on seniors Lee (10 touchdown passes) and Hamooz (450 yards rushing.)

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