Meet the players who earned first-team honors for Newsday's All-Long Island football team in 2018.
Greg Campisi, St. Anthony’s, QB, 6-1, 185, Sr.
Campisi ran and passed roughshod over the AAA Division of the CHSFL. He earned the Joe Riverso AAA Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the CHSFL after he totaled 3,231 yards and 37 TDs as St. Anthony's won the regular season title. He completed 138 of 229 passes for 2,189 yards and 25 scores. He rushed for 942 yards and 12 TD. He was also a Hansen Award finalist.
Matt Sluka, Kellenberg, QB, 6-2, 195, Sr.
A superior and athletic leader, Sluka led the Firebirds to a second straight CHSFL AA title and finished 22-0 as a starting high school quarterback. He finished the season rushing for 1,131 yards and 22 TDs, while also completing 69 percent of his passes for 14 TDs with only one interception. He was the AA Offensive Player of the Year in the CHSFL.
Justin Brown, Half Hollow Hills West, RB/DB, 6-0, 180, Jr.
The electric Brown was the big playmaker in Hills' run to the Long Island Class III title. He earned the Joe Cipp Jr. Award, presented to the most outstanding halfback in Suffolk, after a season in which he rushed for 1,365 yards and 17 TDs.
Kevon Hall, Roosevelt, RB/LB, 5-11, 215, Sr.
The 2018 Thorp Award winner rushed for 2,207 yards and 22 TDs, including five games of 200-plus yards, helping to lead an inexperienced Rough Riders team into the playoffs. He also had 63 tackles and three interceptions at linebacker.
Trevor Yeboah-Kodie, Garden City, RB/DB, 6-0, 185, Sr.
One of the most dynamic and impactful players on Long Island and a cornerstone in three unbeaten seasons, Yeboah-Kodie turned 13 percent of his touches into touchdowns. He rushed for 1,532 yards and 22 TDs on129 carries and had a pair of returns for TDs and another receiving. He will attend Brown and play lacrosse.
JJ Laap, Ward Melville, WR/DB, 6-1, 175, Sr.
The athletic Laap emerged as one of Long Island's top two-way threats for the Patriots. He led the state with 13 interceptions and led Long Island with 12 TD receptions. He caught 32 passes for 775 yards He earned the Tom Cassese Award presented to Suffolk's top defensive back. He was a Hansen Award finalist.
Jake Lazzaro, Oceanside, WR/DB, 6-2, 180, Sr.
The two-time All-Long Island wide receiver caught 72 passes for 1,037 yards and 11 TDs. Dubbed a "generational football player" by Sailors coach Rob Blount, Lazzaro repeated as Long Island's top receiver in 2018 with 72 catches for 1,037 yards and 11 TDs. He also kicked 14 extra points and a pair of field goals. Lazzaro, who won the Pat Pizzarelli Award, as Nassau's most outstanding receiver, will attend St. John's on a baseball scholarship.
Matt Goncalves, Eastport-South Manor, OL/DL, 6-6, 308, Sr.
The Sharks were able to move the ball on opponents in Suffolk Division III in large part to their big man Goncalves. The two-way starter was a finalist for the Zellner Award. He is committed to play football at the University of Pittsburgh.
Tyler Nemecek, Farmingdale, OL/DL, 6-6, 285, Sr.
Described by coach Buddy Kumenacker this season as "a special kind of lineman," Nemecek made running to the left side a Daler specialty. He paved the way for Farmingdale to average 160 yards on the ground per game and total 21 rushing TDs on the season.
Tyler Pedersen, Northport, OL/DL, 6-3, 275, Sr.
Pedersen recorded 38 tackles, including 10 for a loss, and played a key role for the Tigers, who finished 6-3 in Suffolk Division II. He played both offensive and defensive tackle and won the Bob Zellner Award, given to the top lineman in Suffolk.
Vincenzo Milione, Carey, OT/NG, 6-3, 295, Sr.
His return from a season-ending knee injury spurred the Seahawks to an 8-3 record and a spot in the Nassau Conference II final. How important was Milione to the Seahawks front? "We were 11-3 with him and 2-5 without him," said Seahawks coach Mike Stanley. "He has a huge impact." Milione earned the Martone Award presented to Nassau's top lineman.
Sean Tierney, MacArthur, OT/DT, 6-2, 250, Jr.
With Tierney opening big holes in the line, the Generals were able to average 201 yards rushing per game. Described by MacArthur coach Bobby Fehrenbach as "smart, athletic and quick-footed," he almost always required the blocking of two offensive linemen and still totaled 27 solo tackles and a sack.
Terrance Edmond, Freeport, All-Purpose QB/DB, 5-10, 175, Jr.
Edmond continues a long line of quarterback excellence at Freeport, having run for 889 yards and 12 TDs, while going 42-for-68 passing with 12 more TDs. As a defensive back he had two interceptions and broke up 11 passes for the Long Island Class I champion.
Mike LaDonna, West Islip, All-Purpose, QB, 6-0, 195, Sr.
LaDonna was the do-it-all leader for the Lions. He earned the Boomer Esiason Award, presented to Suffolk's top quarterback, after he totaled 1,977 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 1,236 yards and 21 TDs on 171 carries and he added 741 yards passing and 19 TD passes. His completed 63 per cent of his passes in a 10-1 season.
Gary Anderson, Floyd, DL, 6-1, 250, Sr.
He was the anchor of a defensive line that yielded fewer than 45 rushing yards per game over 12 games. He finished with 41 solo tackles and led Floyd to the Suffolk I title. "He was a huge piece of the defensive puzzle," said Floyd coach Paul Longo. "He stopped everything on the inside."
Jovani Duran, Malverne, DL/TE, 6-2, 225, Sr.
The two-time All-Nassau award winner was also the Nassau Conference IV Player of the Year. He finished with 81 tackles, nine for a loss and seven sacks. "He was so athletic and that gave us the option of moving him between linebacker and defensive end," said Malverne coach Kito Lockwood. "He's being recruited by Stony Brook, Villanova and Wagner."
Keith Winfrey, Floyd, DL, 6-3, 240, Sr.
Winfrey had the athleticism to come off the edge and make plays in the opponents' backfield. He also had the strength at the nose position to drive the center into the backfield and disrupt the offensive flow. "There was no one that could handle Keith one-on-one," said Floyd coach Paul Longo. Winfrey had 16 sacks, another 13 tackles for a loss and was a key in Floyd's run to the Suffolk Division I crown. He's committed to Stony Brook University.
Aidan Kaler, Sayville, LB/OT, 6-2, 210, Sr.
A throwback linebacker with sideline to sideline pursuit skills, Kaler earned the prestigious Rob Burnett Award as Suffolk's top defensive player. He averaged 12 tackles per game for the Golden Flashes and had to be double teamed to be contained. He totaled 120 tackles, including 54 solos, a sack and 16 tackles for a loss. He also won the Collotta Award as Suffolk's top linebacker.
Hugh Kelleher, MacArthur, LB/RB, 6-2, 190, Jr.
Kelleher made opponents feel his presence on both sides of the ball. Kelleher, an excellent run stopper, had 87 solo tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown. With the ball, he rushed for 1,221 yards and 12 TDs for the Generals.
Liam McIntyre, Westhampton, LB/FB, 6-0, 205, Sr.
A throwback three-year, two-way starter led Westhampton to an LIC Class III title in 2017 and 10 straight wins to start 2018. He earned the Hansen Award presented to Suffolk's top player for his punishing style of play. "He was our leader," said Westhampton coach Bryan Schaumloffel. "He was the heart and soul of our football team." McIntyre had 107 tackles, including 42 solos, six sacks and 13 for a loss. At fullback, he cleared the way for Westhampton to average 41 points per game. He rushed for 913 yards and 15 TDs.
Nick Silva, Floyd, LB/RB, 5-10, 200, Sr.
No player in the Floyd football program has started both ways for four years - until Silva. "He's the only player in our history to start both ways for four straight years," said Floyd coach Paul Longo. "We won two Suffolk titles and were in the finals three times with Nick. He was a special player." Silva rushed 105 times for 833 yards and 13 TDs and averaged 8 yards per carry. He made 48 tackles, including 10 for a loss, and had an interception and three fumble recoveries. He scored four defensive touchdowns.
Gerard Smikle, Freeport, LB/OL, 6-0, 220, Sr.
The rare three-year starter for the Red Devils, Smikle was in on 73 tackles, including 12 for a loss of yardage. He also forced three fumbles and recovered four fumbles, including one he returned for a score. He earned the Bill Piner Award presented to Nassau's top linebacker as Freeport rolled to a 12-0 record and the Long Island Class I title.
Gerald Filardi, Half Hollow Hills West, DB/QB, 6-2, 180, Sr.
Filardi was the general of a defense that yielded only eight points per game and went on to win the Long Island Class III championship with a 34-6 win over Plainedge. He was a ballhawk that grabbed seven interceptions, the second most in Suffolk. "He took great ownership of this team," said Hills West coach Kyle Madden. "He took charge of a pretty intricate offense, which was a combination of power and misdirection." He had 53 solo tackles and was a fearless tackler from the strong safety position. He covered a lot of ground in the secondary.
Jordan Jackson, Freeport, DB/WR, 6-0, 185, Sr.
Receivers going against Jackson usually went starving. He broke up 17 passes and was in on 25 tackles this season. He had a seminal performance in the Red Devils' Long Island Class I title game win over Floyd: catching a touchdown, blocking a potential game-tying extra point and making the game-ending interception.
Justin Lescouflair, Freeport, DB/RB, 5-10, 175, Sr.
The understated leader of the Long Island Class I championship excelled equally at shutting down opposing passing games and scoring touchdowns. He accounted for 15 TDs, 10 rushing, three receiving and two on punt returns. He will play football for Army next season.
Deyvon Wright, Half Hollow Hills West, DB/RB, 5-9, 166, Sr.
Pound for pound one of Long Island's quickest and biggest hitters. He finished with 48 solo tackles, one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery. "Deyvon had a great week of practice before the LIC," said Hills West coach Kyle Madden. "I think he sensed his brother [Dakim Griffin] was still injured and he'd be called to play halfback. And he had a great performance in the LIC. Plainedge coach [Rob] Shaver said he thought Wright 'was one of the best open field tacklers he'd ever seen.' Wright also had 371 yards rushing and five TDs.
Colin Hart, Garden City, All-Purpose, QB/DB, 6-1, 175, Sr.
Hart quarterbacked the Trojans to 36 straight wins in his three seasons and three straight Long Island Class II championships. He was 74-for-92 passing this season for 1,187 yards and 16 TDs and rushed for 441 yards and nine TDs. He will attend Brown and play lacrosse.
Coach of the Year: Kyle Madden, Half Hollow Hills West
In his final season at Hills West, Madden brought home the school's second Long Island Class III title with a 34-6 win over Plainedge. The Colts finished 11-1 and avenged the only loss of the season with a 21-10 win over Westhampton in the Suffolk III title game.
Coach of the Year: Jon Mendreski, Cold Spring Harbor
The third-year coach guided the athletic and talented Seahawks to a 10-2 record and the Long Island Class IV championship, their first since 2005. He has turned around a program that only a few years ago didn't even have enough players to field a junior varsity team.