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Plainedge has eye on overtaking Lawrence in Nassau III

Plainedge's Nick Frenger, left, fights for yards while

Plainedge's Nick Frenger, left, fights for yards while being brought down by Lawrence's Simon Jones, right, and Tyler Fredericks in the first quarter of the Nassau County varsity football Conference III championship game at Hofstra University. (Nov. 23, 2012) Credit: James Escher

There's not much left for Plainedge quarterback Nick Frenger to accomplish. The four-year starter owns virtually every school passing record and is sure to be remembered for years to come. But the senior doesn't want to be known for just his superior stats -- he wants to be the quarterback that anchored a Plainedge Long Island Championship run.

That goal has been thwarted by Lawrence and their own outstanding signal caller, Joe Capobianco, in each of the last two seasons. Capobianco threw for 2,609 passing yards and 38 touchdowns last season as Lawrence went undefeated and won the LIC. Frenger threw for over 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns, but doesn't care about numbers. He said he just wants to win.

"If we end up winning the Long Island Championship and I don't win the awards and I'm the second quarterback in the conference," Frenger said, "that's totally fine with me."

Frenger & Co. are looking to prevent Lawrence from winning its third consecutive Nassau III title. Lawrence beat Plainedge in the last two Nassau III championship games.

Perhaps the third time will be the charm. Frenger believes that his squad has "as good a shot as ever" to win it this year thanks to the team's experience. "We were short on seniors last year, so a lot of juniors had to step up and a lot of guys did. Now, they're coming back," Frenger said. "We have multiple-year starters on both sides of the ball. We've been flying through everything [in practice]. It's been flowing."

Of course, there are others who will try to stop that flow and take Nassau III by surprise. Lynbrook, seeded third, has a strong rushing attack. The Owls ran for over 2,400 yards last season and return Brian Burke and Matt Hennessy to the offensive line. Glen Cove, seeded fourth, has experience at the skill positions on both sides of the ball. Senior Ryan Perkins scored 10 touchdowns last year.


2012 record: 12-0

Coach: Joe Martillotti, 4th season

KEY PLAYERS: Joe Capobianco, QB, 5-11, 205, Sr.; Jordan Fredericks, RB/WR/DB, 5-11, 190, Jr.; Simon Jones
RB/LB, 6-1, 245, Jr.; Elijah Jones, WR/LB, 6-2, 220, Sr.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN TORNADOES: The defending LI champs are strong again. Capobianco threw 38 touchdown passes in his junior year and will once again have Fredericks as a weapon. The versatile junior racked up over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns last year. In only eight games, Elijah Jones made 44 tackles and had 3 sacks.


2012 record: 8-3

Coach: Rob Shaver, 17th season

KEY PLAYERS: Nick Frenger, QB, 5-10, 190, Sr.; Rob Oliver
OL/DL, 6-0, 200, Sr.; Gianfranco Soriente, RB/LB, 5-6, 185, Sr.; Ryan Bauer, OL/DL, 6-2, 270, Sr.

ABOUT THE RED DEVILS: The offense isn't all about Frenger. Soriente is a backfield threat, racking up 1,200 yards on the ground last year. He also made 80 tackles as a linebacker. Other offensive weapons include receivers Kevin Walker and Matt Miles, and running back Jake Schozer. Lineman Oliver recorded 35 tackles and 5 sacks last year.


2012 record: 5-5

Coach: Stephen Locicero, 8th season

KEY PLAYERS: Brian Burke, OL/LB, 6-0, 220, Sr.; Joe Grossi, QB/DB, 6-10, 185, Sr.; Matt Hennessy, OL/DL, 6-0, 220, Sr.; Kevin Lann, RB/DE, 5-11, 165, Sr.

ABOUT THE OWLS: They will run the football. The squad rushed for over 2,400 yards last season. QB Grossi also plays defense and had 25 tackles in 2012. Harrison Conn will lead the defense. He had 18 tackles at strong safety last season. Joe Labarera will start at linebacker, bringing toughness and athleticism.


2012 record: 8-2

Coach: Peter Kopecky, 22nd season

KEY PLAYERS: Ryan Perkins, RB/SS, 5-11 185, Sr.; Rashaun White, OT, 5-11, 260, Sr.; Max McCrindle, LB, 5-9, 165, Sr.; Josh Martin, CB, 6-0, 174, Jr.

ABOUT THE BIG RED: A strong backfield will carry them. Perkins ran for 630 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Billy Neice added 708 yards and 5 touchdowns. Five of Mike Burrell's 10 catches last season were touchdowns. McCrindle led the team in tackles last year and as punter, averaged nearly 40 yards per punt.


2012 record: 3-6

Coach: Erwin Dill, 4th year

KEY PLAYERS: Christian Ferruzza; QB/LB, 6-1, 177, Sr; Charles Bachmeier, OL/DL, 6-1, 193, Sr.; Yoannis Efstathiou
RB/LB, 6-0, 182, Jr.; Frank Bilesi, OL/DL 6-3, 227, Sr.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN EAGLES: Young team hopes to rely on ball control to win games. Ferruzza rushed for over 250 yards and 4 touchdowns last season. He threw for 3 touchdowns. Efstathiou ran for 6 touchdowns in 2012. Tight end Michael Sforza averaged 12 yards per reception and made 44 tackles as a linebacker.


2012 record: 4-5

Coach: Jay Iaquinta, 24th year

KEY PLAYERS: Jeremy Leguillow, Wingback/DB, 5-0, 180, Jr.; Matt Kaminer, OL/DL, 6-1, 230, Sr.; Mike Curiel, OL/DL, 6-2, 270, So.; Tred Smith, LB, 6-1, 185, Jr.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Leading rusher Richie Lyons returns. Leguillow, playing out of the wingback position, racked up 340 yards rushing and 420 yards receiving last season in the flexbone offense. Junior QB Jeff Rizzo moves up to varsity after running the triple option for two years at the JV level. Smith led the defense with 71 tackles.


2012 record: 2-6

Coach: George Kasimatis, 5th season

KEY PLAYERS: Tyler Regnier, LB, 6-2, 215, Sr.; Jacques Francois, WR, 6-0, 160, Sr.; Elijah Smith, WR, 5-11, 155, Sr.; Jake Mellon, QB, 6-0, 175, Sr.; Mike Parasconda, RB, 5-5, 175, Jr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS: Standing at 6-2, 220, senior offensive lineman Jemil Are is looking to have a bounceback year after an missing most of last season with an injury. He is part of an experienced spread offense, led by Mellon, Smith and Francois.


2012 record: 3-5

Coach: Michael Spina, 19th season

KEY PLAYERS: Conor Horan, RB/LB, 5-9, 190, Sr.; Connor Vidasolo, QB/LB, 6-2, 200, Sr.; Alec Ascani, OL/DL, 6-0, 205, Sr.; Brian Barry, WR/DB, 6-2, 175 Jr.;

ABOUT THE KNIGHTS: Vidasolo will play behind an offensive line that features seniors Alec Ascani and Patrick Schmid, who is moving to guard. Running back Josh Sanders started the final two games of last season and will look to build on that. Horan, the team's leading tackler last season, is also a threat at running back.


2012 record: 5-4

Coach: Henry Simpkins, 1st season

KEY PLAYERS: James Farrell, RB/FS, 6-0, 190, Sr.; Bryan Herbert, OL/LB, 5-11, 200, Sr.; Alex Gray, WR/DB, 5-9, 175, Sr.; Matt Basso, OL/DL, 6-1, 210, Sr.; Tom Duran, QB, 6-3, 185, Jr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS: A young team with a first-year coach is led by Duran, a junior quarterback who operates a flexbone offense. Junior receiver Keyshawn Johnson is 6-4. Johnson also plays free safety in the 3-5 defense. Junior lineman Alex Demeri is 5-11, 225 pounds.


2012 record: 6-4

Coach: Lance Griffin, 30th season

KEY PLAYERS: Frank Romano, OL/DL, 6-2, 275 Sr.; Enrique Morales, OL/DL, 6-0, 245, Sr.; Jesse Blouin, WR/DB, 6-3, 160, Sr.; Tyler Gill, RB/DB, 6-0, 170, Jr.; Neil Plinto, RB/LB 5-6, 180 Sr.

ABOUT THE FALCONS: With experience at the skill positions, they’ll run a more aggressive wing-T offense. Their 4-4 defense will feature different looks with James Cannon on the line and Stefawn James at linebacker. Morales, Romano, and Anthony Arnone round out the D-line.


2012 record: 2-6

Coach: Ray Weidlein, 10th season

KEY PLAYERS: Renato Gamboa, DE/OT, 6-4, 250, Jr.; Sean Hayes, S/WR, 5-10, 175, Sr.; Vinny Perricone, OG/DE, 5-10. 225, Jr.; Gio Quiroz, DB/WR, 5-9, 150, Sr.; John Downing, OT/DE, 6-1, 225, Sr.

ABOUT THE DRAGONS: After winning two games last season, improvement on both sides of the ball is the goal. Quiroz excels at wide receiver in the spread offense. The O-line is young but talented. Gamboa is strong coming off the end in the 4-3 defense.


2012 record: 1-7

Coach: Kevin Dolan, 15th season

KEY PLAYERS: Brennan Scanlon, DB/WR, 5-9, 175, Sr.; Matthew Dluglinski, LB/RB, 5-9, 170, Sr.; Tom LaBruna,
LB/OL, 5-9, 190, Sr.; Marc Tangredi, DL/OL, 6-1, 225, Sr.

ABOUT THE GLADIATORS: The team spent last season in Nassau II, where they had trouble closing out games but are hoping an influx of speed fixes that in their new conference. Junior quarterback Tom Kemmett will operate the wing-T offense. Olivier Simeon, a lineman in the 4-4 defensive scheme, doubles as a tight end.

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