They grew up together, but it wasn’t until last fall that they really grew up together. Entering the 2015 season, Sayville receivers Mike Dionisio, Jake Kolar and Jason Intermesoli were the new, untested targets for returning record-setting quarterback Jack Coan, also a childhood friend but one who had attained starting and star status much earlier in his career.
Whatever question marks there might have been were quickly turned into exclamation points. Coan repeatedly hit the bull’s-eye with his three targets as the Golden Flashes rolled to a 12-0 record and Long Island Class III championship.
All four are back, along with running back Ashton Bradley, also a solid receiver, to give Sayville an impressive set of senior skill players with which to defend its title.
“They’ve improved significantly from last year,” coach Rob Hoss said, most notably in their ability to improvise on play calls.
“Last year when we called a play, the kids were tied to that play. The route was the route and if it was covered, it was covered. They were young,” Hoss said. “Now, because these kids are so smart and work so well together, they are able to change their routes based on coverage. The quarterbacks and the receivers are speaking the same language. Now, when the route is covered, they know how to find grass. We feel no matter what scheme I give them, they should be open.”
Hoss offered a snapshot scouting report of his three veteran receivers:
Dionisio (44 receptions, 589 yards, 10 touchdowns in 2015): “He’s that big body [6-2, 185] on the outside who can make all those tough catches. He has the best hands on the team. It’s not even a conversation. He’s got huge, huge hands.”
Kolar (35 receptions, 636 yards, six touchdowns): “Jake has more flash. He’s someone who’s going to make that wow catch; he’s someone who is explosive. Jake is more fiery. He has savvy but takes chances at times. That’s high risk, but it’s also high reward.”
Intermesoli (26 receptions, 356 yards, five touchdowns): “Technician. Extremely bright and consistent. You may not get the flash but you’ll constantly get caught balls; in the right spot; understanding the defense; making adjustments based on coverage.”
Kolar, he of the long blond hair flowing out the back of his helmet, acknowledged, “We definitely have a lot of chemistry coming back — with each other and with Jack. We are very motivated to win another Long Island Championship.”
That’s a familiar target for perennial power Sayville, only this time Coan’s targets are familiar, too.