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Nassau Conference IV preview: Roosevelt gone, Seaford sees daylight

Seaford's Andrew Cain hands off to Frank Lauretti

Seaford's Andrew Cain hands off to Frank Lauretti during a Nassau IV semifinal at Hofstra on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Credit: James Escher

Seaford has mixed emotions about Roosevelt leaving the conference.

On one hand, this was the team that ended Seaford's season, 14-6, in the conference semifinals. Roosevelt, now in Nassau III, reached the Long Island Class IV title game the four seasons before that, losing each time.

But on the other hand, the enrollment-based change marks the end of a long-standing rivalry. "We'll miss Roosevelt," said Seaford coach Rob Perpall, whose team has high expectations as the No. 1 seed in the conference.

"But believe me, Locust Valley, Clarke and even East Rockaway, they're very good. We're not taking anybody for granted -- we're not good enough to do that. We have to play our A-game every game to win."

Seaford returns many experienced and skilled players from last year's 7-3 team, including seniors Frank Lauretti and Jack Lasher. Lauretti, a fullback, leads the run game while varsity newcomer A.J. Cain is at quarterback.

"He's a beast," Perpall said of Lauretti, a 6-2, 225-pounder. "He can play anywhere and he overpowers people. He plays with tremendous enthusiasm and adult strength. The team is pretty much built around him. He's got a nice supporting cast, but he's the man."

Lauretti said his job is made easier by a strong offensive line, where nearly everybody is over 200 pounds.

"Just classic smash-mouth football," Lauretti said of his aggressive style of play.

He said his explosiveness off the ball helps get early advantages in games.

Lasher, a center, said he's the lightest member of the interior line at 5-10, 175 pounds, but believes he's just as strong as his teammates. He said strength has been a targeted area of improvement for Seaford after the season-ending loss to Roosevelt.

"[Perpall] said if we weight-lifted we could be back in the championship next year," Lasher said.

He believes the team is ready to contend and is skilled across the field:

"I'm pretty hyped about the season."


2014 record: 7-3
Coach: Rob Perpall, 16th season
Key players
Frank Lauretti, FB/LB, 6-2, 225, Sr.
Jack Lasher, C/LB, 5-10, 175, Sr.
Peter Couvaris, OL/DL, 6-0, 215, Sr.
Danny Roell, RB/DB, 5-9, 165, Sr.
Nick Kocienda, OL/DL, 6-2, 200, Sr.
About the Vikings: Lasher, Couvaris and Kocienda headline an experienced offensive line that includes seniors Ryan Lynch and Kevin Digney and junior James Poole. They'll be tasked with protecting newcomer A.J. Cain and backfield force Lauretti.


2014 record: 8-2
Coach: Matt McFarland, 5th season
Key players
Spencer Matthaei, OL/DL, 6-4, 250, Sr.
John Pedranghelu, RB, 5-10, 175, Sr.
Tom Talenti, FB/LB, 5-10, 185, Sr.
Owen Trepeta, WR/CB, 6-0, 175, Sr.
Tyler Liantonio, QB, 5-11, 165, Sr.
About the Falcons: Locust Valley returns nine starters on defense and eight on offense from a team that reached the county semifinals. Matthaei headlines the group, but the Falcons have a lot of depth.

2014 record: 5-4
Coach: John Boyle, 30th season
Key players
Aaron Dawson, HB/DB, 6-0, 190, Sr.
Phil Kandel, OL/LB, 6-2, 220, Sr.
James Volino, OL/DL, 6-2, 280, Sr.
Mark Vasquez, OL/LB, 6-0, 200, Sr.
Justin Brister, WR/SS, 6-2, 185, Sr.
About the Rams: Dawson (1,200 yards, 14 TDs in 2014) heads a speedy team that is both experienced and tough. Kandel is a four-year varsity starter and Volino has three years under his belt. Vasquez, Brister, Gutierrez and sophomore TE/DE Kyle Kandel have two years.

2014 record: 3-6
Coach: Dom Carre, 6th season
Key players
Tommy Cannisi, RB/LB, 5-11, 205, Sr.
Vinny Messina, RB/LB, 5-10, 180, Sr.
Brendan Sheeler, WR/S, 5-10, 150, Sr.
Nick Magaraci, WR/DB, 5-9, 150, Sr.
Brian Patterson, OL/DL, 6-3, 250, Sr.
About the Rams: Despite a losing record in 2014, the Rams are seeded fourth because of their experience. One area in which they lack experience, however, is at quarterback, where senior Ryan Sandberg will make his varsity debut in the double-wing offense.

2014 record: 6-3
Coach: Ben Zuk, 2nd season
Key players
Alex Kaley, RB/LB, 5-11, 192, Sr.
Devin Burdo, RB/LB, 6-2, 206
Dylan Guarneri, RB/LB, 5-10, 160, Jr.
Joe Marascuillo, OL/DL, 5-11, 202
Gavin McGowan, OL/DL, 6-5, 280
About the Seahawks: The backfield will be the strength of this team, though the running backs will rely on an inexperienced line to adjust quickly and provide ample protection. Kaley is coming off a solid all-around 2014 in which he had eight rushing TDs, two receiving TDs and 70 total tackles.

2014 record: 3-5
Coach: Kito Lockwood, 7th season
Key players
Andrew Morgan, RB/LB, 5-9, 175, Sr.
Maurice Teachey Jr., WR/DB, 5-10, 170, Jr.
Gregory Gandolfo, OL/DL, 6-3, 205, Sr.
Brandon Degand, OL/DL, 6-1, 210, Jr.
Anfernee Steele, RB/LB 5-9, 180, Jr.
About the Mules: After missing the playoffs by one game last year, the Mules expect their team speed and an improved run game and defense to carry them into the postseason. Junior Dante Lacroix will take the reins of Malverne's spread offense.

2014 record: 2-6
Coach: Michael Corcoran, 3rd season
Key players
Andreii Castelblanco, LB/OL, 6-0, 200, Sr.
Lucas Broncato, OL/DL, 6-1, 210, Sr.
Adam Combs, QB/DB, 6-0, 185, Jr.
Marc Azouley, RB/LB, 5-10, 190, Jr.
Jackson Krush, DB, 5-8, 165, Sr.
About the Bulldogs: The conference newcomers will run a spread offense and 3-3 defense. Combs leads the returners with nine touchdowns, and Castelblanco had 39 total tackles last year. OL/DL Austen Scalavino had four sacks last year.

2014 record: 4-4-
Coach: Russell Pajer, 21st season
Key players
Mike Del Gais, QB/DB, 5-10, 185, Sr.
Scott Ovental, RB/LB, 5-7, 150, Sr.
Danny Fusco, RB/DB, 5-8, 150, Sr.
Nicolas Monteleone, OL/DE, 5-11, 200, Sr.
James Tierney, RB/DB, 5-9, 165, Jr.
About the Rocks: They have athleticism and experience at skill positions with quarterback Mike Del Gais (7 TDs, two rushing) and running back Danny Fusco (6 rushing TDs, 2 receiving). The Rocks hope to control the ball with a double-wing offense. They run a 46 defense.

2014 record: 2-6
Coach: Tom McCormick, 2nd season
Key players
Kenny Soto, RB/LB, 5-11, 195, Sr.
Kevin McDonough, RB/LB, 5-11, 205, Sr.
Nick Blotta, OL/LB, 6-1, 215, Sr.
Dom Stanco, OL/DL, 6-4, 225, Sr.
Anthony Giambona, WR/DB, 6-0, 185, Sr.
About the Bulldogs: Young team will get a boost from the return of Soto, who missed all of last year with an injury. Junior Tim Madden, who McCormick says has a strong arm, will take over the team's spread offense.

2014 record: 3-5
Coach: Joseph Guastafeste, 1st season
Key players
Malik Dorant, RB/DB, 5-8, 155, Sr.
Justin Cortez, OL/DL, 5-11, 195, Jr.
Abe Corrdero, OL/DL, 5-8, 205, Jr.
Metura Traore, OL/DL, 5-10, 215, Jr.
Shane DeFreitas, RB/DB, 5-8, 150, Sr.
About the Falcons: Guastafeste, who will institute a wing-T offense and 4-4 defense, expects varsity newcomers Johnny Reyes and Lenny Greif, both juniors, to be key contributors.

2014 record: 4-5
Coach: Tim Moran, 10th season
Key players
Patrick Shevlin, TE/OL/DE, 6-0, 190, Sr.
Matt Viscardi, WR/DB, 5-8, 150, Sr.
Dayce Niosi, RB/LB, 5-9, 180, Jr.
Dom Pascarella, RB/DB, 5-11, 160, Jr.
Chris Kelly, QB, 6-2, 190, Jr.
About the Frogs: A relatively inexperienced team -- especially on the line -- the Frogs could potentially play five sophomores. Ryan Last, a 6-6, 245-pound lineman, headlines that class. Moran expects this year's group to be an upgrade of last year's.

2014 record: 8-3
Coach: Dan Guido, 29th season
Key players
Matt Kosowski, QB/LB, 6-2, 205, Sr.
Mike Bowen, C/DL, 5-10, 205, Sr.
Ben Carbone, OL/LB, 5-9, 190, Sr.
Logan Dunleavey, OL/DL, 6-2, 205, Sr.
Nick Natale, WR/DB, 6-2, 180, So.
About the Mustangs: Mineola will run a spread offense and 3-5 defense. Kosowski, a first-time quarterback at the varsity level, and Bowen face a tall task from a leadership standpoint as the only two Mustangs who received consistent playing time last year.

2014 record: 0-8
Coach: Kevin Graham, 2nd season
Key players
Aaron Lopez, WR/DB, 5-9, 145, Jr.
Jeremy Landsman, RB/DB, 5-7, 147, Jr.
Yves Trokel, RB/LB, 5-8, 175, Sr.
Sean Alishahian, OL/DL, 6-1, 215, Sr.
Ariel Hazan, OL/DL, 5-11, 210, Sr.
About the Blazers: They will have lots of options at running back, as newcomers Nir Alishahian, Edan Cohen, Jared Kaiman and Matt Ho will bolster a backfield that includes returnees Landsman and Trokel. Graham said the 2015 Blazers have more speed than last year's team.

2014 record: 1-7
Coach: Ron Baskind, 29th season
Key players
Jalijah Daniels, RB/LB, 5-9, 170, Sr.
J.D. Baptiste, R/DB, 6-0, 175, Sr.
Corey Goldglit, QB, 6-0, 180, Sr.
Ben Feund, R/DB, 6-1, 180, Sr.
Will Schneider, OL/DL, 6-3, 190, Sr.
About the Quakers: The Quakers have quickness and athleticism, but they lack depth and size. They will run a power I on offense and a 4-4 defense. Goldglit, who passed 10 times per game last year, averaged 22.6 yards per completion.

2014 record: 1-7
Coach: Mark Greene/Mike Passuello, 6th/10th season
Key players
Alexander Bruni, WR/DB, 5-10, 155, Sr.
Teddy McEntee, RB/DL, 5-11, 240, Sr.
Elan Bolander, OL/DL, 5-11, 200, Sr.
Chris Barulic, OL/DL, 5-11, 240, Sr.
Alec Molina, QB/DB, 5-10, 170, Sr.
About the Rebels: The hope out of Great Neck South is that an "enthusiastic" senior class can fill the void left by last year's graduates. The Rebels are more experienced in their 4-3 defense than on offense, where they will run a spread.

2014 record: 0-8
Coach: Joe Knoll, 5th season
Key players
Steven Shoemaker, QB/WR/DB, 6-2, 165, Sr.
Jason Perez, OL/LB, 5-10, 160, Sr.
Frank Iemmiti, WR/LB, 5-11, 155, Sr.
Charles Collette, WR/DB, 6-3, 165, Jr.
Kevin Duke, WR/DB,6-0, 150, Jr.
About the Baymen: Dylan Toney and newcomer Jack Wieboldt will also be factors in the backfield and at linebacker. Newcomer Nick Barratta (5-9, 199) will help out on the line. Oyster Bay will run a pistol offense and 3-5 defense.

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