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Newsday's All-Long Island football first team 2016

Meet the players who earned first-team honors for Newsday's All-Long Island football team in 2016.

Greg Amato, Floyd, C, 6-2, 300, Sr.

He was the anchor of the offensive line,
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He was the anchor of the offensive line, the strength of the Colonials team that won the Suffolk I championship. "Our offense starts and ends with the center," said Floyd coach Paul Longo. "Amato was outstanding."

Chester Anderson, Elmont, WR/DB, 5-8, 175, Jr.

He caught 49 passes for 891 yards and
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He caught 49 passes for 891 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. He was second in Long Island in receiving yardage. His outstanding vertical jump and strong hands made him tough to stop.

MIchael Bradley, Floyd, LB/FB, 5-11, 240, Sr.

Bradley earned the Collotta Award given to Suffolk's
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Bradley earned the Collotta Award given to Suffolk's top linebacker. Here's what he did for the Suffolk I champions: 123 tackles, including nine for a loss, six sacks, three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

Jack Coan, Sayville, QB, 6-4, 195, Sr.

The University of Wisconsin-bound standout had 2,162 yards
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The University of Wisconsin-bound standout had 2,162 yards passing and 33 touchdowns and earned the Hansen Award presented to Suffolk's top player. He also won the Esiason Award given to Suffolk's top QB. During his Sayville career, he passed for 128 career touchdowns and amassed 9,787 yards passing. He also ran for 2,551 yards in his career and another three touchdowns.

Sean Colbert, Wantagh, LB, 6-0, 215, Sr.

The three-year starter had 106 tackles en route
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The three-year starter had 106 tackles en route the Warriors' 12-0 Long Island Class III championship season. He had 221 career tackles, including 29 for a loss, five fumble recoveries and six interceptions in his career. This season he had 106 tackles.

Joel Cruz, Freeport, OL/DL, 6-3, 310, Sr.

Cruz helped lead the Red Devils to an
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Cruz helped lead the Red Devils to an 11-1 record en route the Long Island Class I championship and was an impact player on both sides of the ball.

Jonathan Debique, Baldwin, LB/HB, 6-1, 230, Sr.

Debique finished his career with 202 tackles. He
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Debique finished his career with 202 tackles. He also blocked five extra-point kicks. On the other side of the ball, he set the school rushing record with 348 yards against East Meadow. He finished with 1,251 yards on 107 carries for an average of 11.9.

Andrew DeSantis, Garden City, DL, 6-3, 175, Jr.

He saved his best game for last, with
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He saved his best game for last, with a fumble recovery, four tackles for a loss and a blocked extra-point in the Trojans' Long Island Class II championship victory over Hills West. He finished the season with 52 tackles, 18 assists, eight sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He also blocked five kicks.

Kyle Fleitman, East Islip, DB/QB, 6-0, 175, Sr.

He emerged as one of Long Island's top
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He emerged as one of Long Island's top two-way players in East Islip's late-season surge to the Suffolk III title. He rushed for 631 yards in two playoffs wins over Westhampton and Sayville. He rushed for 2,007 yards and 23 touchdowns and passed for another 1,113 yards for the Redmen.

Chris Gray, Shoreham-Wading River, RB/DB, 5-7, 170, Sr.

He led Suffolk in rushing with 2,179 yards
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He led Suffolk in rushing with 2,179 yards and scored 37 touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a third straight Long Island Class IV title. His shiftiness and acceleration in the open field made him a breakaway threat.

Jaelin Hood, Freeport, WR/DB, 6-0, 165, Sr.

He had 36 catches for 638 yards and
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He had 36 catches for 638 yards and 18 touchdowns as the big-play receiver as 11-1 Freeport marched to Long Island Class I title. He also had three kickoff returns for touchdowns, including two in the Nassau championship game.

Chris Mixon, Garden City, DB/RB, 5-11, 175, Sr.

As a defensive back, he had 40 tackles,
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As a defensive back, he had 40 tackles, 20 assists, three interceptions and one fumble recovery as the Trojans captured the Long Island Class II championship. He also rushed for 858 yards and 19 touchdowns and caught 15 passes for 346 yards and six scores.

Jimmy Joyce, Wantagh, SS/WR, 6-2, 195, Sr.

The big hitter and playmaker from the secondary
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The big hitter and playmaker from the secondary had 43 tackles, nine pass breakups and five interceptions for the Warriors this season on the way to the Long Island Class III crown. He finished his career with 95 tackles, 12 interceptions and 23 pass breakups. He also had 50 receptions and 12 touchdowns from the wide receiver position. He will play college baseball at Hofstra University.

Dylan Laube, Westhampton, RB/LB, 5-11, 175, Jr.

He rushed for a school-record 2,152 yards and
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He rushed for a school-record 2,152 yards and 40 touchdowns. He also returned four kicks for touchdowns in leading the Hurricanes to the Suffolk III semifinal. Laube had 11 TD runs of more than 45 yards and became only the third player in LI history to score 40 times in a season.

Jordan McLune, Farmingdale, RB, 5-9, 200, Sr.

Winner of the Thorp Award as Nassau's top
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Winner of the Thorp Award as Nassau's top player, McLune rushed for 1,568 yards and 35 touchdowns as the Dalers went undefeated during the regular season and reached the Long Island Class I championship game.

Tim Mullane, West Islip, OL/DL, 6-4, 275, Sr.

Mullane shared Suffolk's Rob Burnett Defensive Player of
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Mullane shared Suffolk's Rob Burnett Defensive Player of the Year award, finishing the season with 69 total tackles, including 16 for a loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He constantly beat double teams, chop blocks and found ways to make the play as the Lions rolled to an 8-0 record in Suffolk II.

Kyle Nuñez, East Islip, OL/DL, 6-3, 300, Sr.

The Redmen -- who upset Sayville, 42-35 in
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The Redmen -- who upset Sayville, 42-35 in the Suffolk III championship game -- averaged over 250 yards on the ground per game behind the Stony Brook-bound Nuñez.

Ryan O’Shea, MacArthur, OL/DL, 6-0, 240, Sr.

The two-way starter earned the Martone Award as
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The two-way starter earned the Martone Award as Nassau's top lineman. He led the way as the 5-4 Generals qualified for the playoffs again this year after winning the won the Nassau II crown in 2015.

Danny Roell, Seaford, DB/RB, 5-9, 165, Sr.

Not only did he have seven interceptions, but
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Not only did he have seven interceptions, but he was Long Island's leading rusher with 2,234 yards and 22 touchdowns. He led the Vikings to the Nassau Conference IV title.

Jeremy Ruckert, Lindenhurst, WR/DE/K, 6-5, 210, Jr.

He had 57 receptions for 794 yards and
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He had 57 receptions for 794 yards and six scores as he won the NFF Receiver Award in Suffolk. He was an impact player as a defensive end with 50 tackles, including six sacks and two interceptions. He kicked 26 of 30 PATs and has caught the eye of numerous Division I colleges.

Aaron Ruthman, Elmont, QB, 5-9, 160, Sr.

Winner of the Snyder Award as Nassau's top
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Winner of the Snyder Award as Nassau's top quarterback, he passed for a school-record 2,764 yards and 31 touchdowns. A pinpoint passer with a strong arm, he completed more than 60 percent of his passes. He threw for six touchdowns in a win over Carey.

Frankie Stola, Northport, DB/WR, 5-11, 195, Sr.

You want toughness - Stola is your man.
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You want toughness - Stola is your man. The winner of the Cassese Award as Suffolk's top defensive back played the season with a torn labrum and dislocated his shoulder at least three times but continued to bring the hurt from his safety position. "He may have been the hardest hitter in Suffolk and he wasn't totally healthy," said Northport coach Kip Lukralle.

Rashad Tucker, Freeport, QB/DB, 5-11, 170, Sr.

An open-field nightmare for defensive backs, he was
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An open-field nightmare for defensive backs, he was a force of running and passing as the Red Devils went 11-1 and won the Long Island Class I championship. He had 1,404 yards passing and 19 touchdowns and rushed for another 1,081 yards and 13 scores.

Joe Valenti, Wantagh, DL, 6-4, 245, Sr.

He led the Warriors with 96 tackles, including
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He led the Warriors with 96 tackles, including 20 for a loss and 13 sacks. He was brutally physical and fast for a guy his size. The three-year starter was right in the middle of Wantagh's undefeated run to the LI Class III title. He also caught 11 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns.

Ethan Wiederkehr, Shoreham-Wading River, TE/DL, 6-6, 285, Sr.

Winner of the Zellner Award given to Suffolk's
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Winner of the Zellner Award given to Suffolk's best lineman and co-winner of the Rob Burnett Award presented to Suffolk's top defensive player, he had 91 tackles, including 19 for a loss and eight sacks and nine pass deflections. A big part of the Wildcats' three Long Island Class IV championship teams, he will continue playing for a team called the Wildcats at Northwestern University.

DeQuan Wilson, Bellport, DL/WR, 6-4, 185, Sr.

The Clippers' playmaker could handle any position on
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The Clippers' playmaker could handle any position on defense and have an impact. He was a fierce pass rusher, great in coverage and could cover receivers downfield. He was a perpetual motion defender moving around the defense making it nearly impossible to block him. He finished with 68 tackles, including six for a loss.

Coach of the year: Dave Ettinger, Garden City

The loyal and long-time assistant coach to Tom
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The loyal and long-time assistant coach to Tom Flatley at Garden City has posted an incredible 21-1 record in his two years as head coach. He led the Trojans to the L.I. title with a 13-6 win over Hills West.

Coach of the year: Keith Sachs, Wantagh

He guided the Warriors to the Long Island
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He guided the Warriors to the Long Island Class III championship with a 21-14 win over East Islip. In his 24 years, he's won 151 games and has a .655 winning percentage.

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