Shoreham-Wading River won its first Long Island Championship last season and the Wildcats are in position to win a second in 2015.
The Wildcats went 12-0 last season to win the Class IV title, defeating Glenn in the county final and Roosevelt in the Long Island final. In the process, Shoreham-Wading River scored 38.3 points per game, and allowed just 4.9, though coach Matt Millheiser said his team will not dwell on duplicating those numbers.
"If you focus on trying to beat a stat, you're going to fail," Millheiser. "If you just come out and work together as a unit, you can accomplish something like that. Just focus on your job, and hopefully as a team, you'll succeed."
Junior defensive end/tight end Ethan Wiederkehr will lead the way. The 6-6 and 270 pound junior made 64 tackles and had three sacks last season and was named to Newsday's All-Long Island second team.
Last season, the Wildcats persevered after two-way player Tom Cutinella died following a collision during a game, and the players said he is still on their minds.
"We always have Tommy in the back of our heads," Wiederkehr said. "We're going to go every play like he did."
Glenn will again be one of Shoreham-Wading River's main competitors in Division IV, as the Knights seek a third straight trip to the county title game. The Knights are led by quarterback Wayne White, who combined for 17 total touchdowns last season, throwing for 940 yards and rushing for 875.
"He's worked on his passing game all summer," Glenn coach Dave Shanahan said of White. "He can really run. He's one of the best running quarterbacks on Long Island. Now he can match it with the throwing game."
White will be aided by his offensive line, which includes tackle Dareus Smith and guard Edwin Rubio.
Last year's semifinalists, Bayport-Blue Point and Babylon, are also strong upfront and this should help both be competitive again this season.
The Phantoms are led on both the offensive and defensive lines by third-year starters Dylan Ingber and J.T. Brine, while Babylon's lines feature Max Kresek and K'Sean Reid.
1. SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER WILDCATS
2014 record: 12-0
Coach: Matthew Millheiser, 6th season
Ethan Wiederkehr, TE/DE, 6-6, 270, Jr.
Chris Rosati, RB/SS, 5-10, 180, Sr.
Dalten Stalzer, G/DT, 6-0, 220, Sr.
Ryan Letscher, G/DE, 6-0, 210, Sr.
Jason Curran, QB/FS, 6-2, 180, Sr.
About the Wildcats: The reigning Class IV Long Island champions scored 38.3 points per game and allowed a Long Island-low 4.9 points per game last year. Curran and Rosati will lead the offense.
2. GLENN KNIGHTS
2014 record: 9-2
Coach: Dave Shanahan, 21st season
Wayne White, QB/S, 6-1, 175, Sr.
Dareus Smith, OT/DT, 6-3, 280, Sr.
Edwin Rubio, OG/DT, 6-0, 250, Sr.
Chris Forsberg, RB/DB, 5-10, 170, Sr.
Shihan Rudyk, TE/DE, 6-1, 200, Sr.
About the Knights: White combined for 17 touchdowns last season, throwing for 940 yards and rushing for 875 for the county finalists. Smith and Rubio anchor strong offensive and defensive lines, and Rudyk is a fast edge rusher.
3. BAYPORT-BLUE POINT PHANTOMS
2014 record: 7-3
Coach: Eric Iberger, 12th season
Dylan Ingber, OT/DE, 6-3, 270, Sr.
Anthony DeNicola, RB/DB, 5-6, 160, Sr.
Rob Johnson, QB/LB, 5-11, 175, Sr.
Vinny Lombardi, WR/DB, 6-0, 170, Sr.
James Brine, OT/DE, 6-2, 220, Sr.
About the Phantoms: Ingber and Brine are third-year starters on the offensive line. New starter Johnson can move the ball on the ground and through the air. DeNicola brings speed on defense and versatility on offense.
4. BABYLON PANTHERS
2014 record: 6-4
Coach: Rick Punzone, 13th year
Max Kresek ,OL/DL, 5-11, 210, Sr.
K'Sean Reid, OL/DL, 6-1, 200, Sr.
Jerry Brown, RB/LB, 5-9, 180, Sr.
Brian Boehm, WR/DB, 6-1, 190, Sr.
Scott Sasso, QB/DB, 5-8, 170, Jr.
About the Panthers: A rebuilding squad will look to improve as the year progresses. Speed and athleticism will be its strengths. Brown rushed for 507 yards and 10 touchdowns on 52 carries last season.
5. MOUNT SINAI MUSTANGS
2014 record: 3-5
Coach: Vin Ammirato, 17th year
Hunter Tabile, OL/DL, 6-3, 265, Sr.
Griffen Magrath, WR/DB, 5-9, 165, Sr.
Con Christ, OL/DL, 6-0, 255, Sr.
JJ Parente, RB/LB, 6-0, 190, Jr.
Mike Carniero, RB, 5-9, 180, Jr.
About the Mustangs: Team moves to Division IV after spending last year in Division III. It will look to build off a strong finish to the season that saw the team go 3-1 and outscore opponents 81-33. Tabile is a leader on both sides of the ball.
6. CENTER MORICHES RED DEVILS
2014 record: 4-5
Coach: Peter Lesiewicz, 3rd year
Joe Martins, QB/DB, 6-0, 195, Sr.
Chris Iannelli, RB/DB, 5-9, 175, Sr.
Justin Wilson, RB/LB, 5-10, 180, Sr.
Brian Gregory, OL/DL, 6-0, 190, Sr.
Kyle Kanige, OL/DL, 5-11, 165, Sr.
About the Red Devils: Martins will have a number of speedy receivers to throw to, including senior Kyrin Taylor, who had 400 receiving yards last year.
7. HAMPTON BAYS BAYMEN
2014 record: 4-4
Coach: Rich Doulos, 1st season
Travis Flynn, RB/LB, 5-9, 190, Sr.
Matt Niles, OL/DL, 5-0, 200, Sr.
Josh Aube, WR/S, 6-0, 185, Jr.
Jeremy Bradley, TE/DB, 6-0, 210, Sr.
Tyler Carbone, TE/DE, 6-0, 210, Sr.
About the Baymen: Aube, Carbone and senior Matt Rimaldi make up a solid core of pass catchers. Flynn made 50 tackles last season.
8. MERCY MONARCHS
2014 record: 4-4
Coach: Jeff Doroski, 4th season
Kevin Santacroce, QB/FS, 6-3, 220, Sr.
Marco Sciarra, WR/LB, 6-1, 180, Sr.
Jack Pavelchak, WR/LB, 5-9, 175, Sr.
Nick Kneski, WR/DB, 5-9, 165, Sr.
Bryan Boden, OL/DL, 6-1, 210, Sr.
About the Monarchs: Veteran squad features 16 seniors, and also includes running back/linebacker Samuel Schrage and lineman Sheldon Williams. Santacroce and Sciarra are impact players.
9. PORT JEFFERSON ROYALS
2014 record: 4-4
Coach: Andrew Cosci, 3rd season
Nicholas Caltagirone, QB/S, 5-8, 180, Sr.
Garret Hiz, FB/LB, 5-10, 190, Sr.
Michael DiCalogero, RB/CB, 5-9, 175, Sr.
Robert Delman, C/DL, 5-9, 195, Sr.
Shane Bruno, RB/DB, 5-7, 170, Sr.
About the Royals: Caltagirone ran for five touchdowns last season running the Wing-T. Hiz added four touchdowns and made 86 tackles.
10. SOUTHAMPTON MARINERS
2014 record: 2-6
Head Coach: Bruce Muro, 2nd season
Will Taylor-Reddick, QB/DB, 5-7, 165, Sr.
Matthew Woolley, RB/LB, 6-0, 220, Sr.
Shawndell Krumpton, OL/DL, 6-1, 275, Jr.
Avory Johnson, OL/DL, 6-2, 255, Jr.
Jack O'Brien, OL/LB, 6-0, 185, Jr.
About the Mariners: Young team will run the no-huddle offense, and will try to be aggressive with a 3-4 defense.
11. GREENPORT/SOUTHOLD PORTERS
2014 record: 3-5
Coach: Mike Buck, 1st season
Dylan Marlborough, QB, 6-1, 180, Sr.
Trystan Ireland, RB, 5-8, 180, Sr.
Keegan Syron, RB, 6-0, 210, Jr.
Liam Finnegan, OL/DL, 6-1, 215, Sr.
Dominic Panetta, TE, 6-1, 220, Sr.
About the Porters: Marlborough leads a multiple offense that can attack a defense in a number of ways. He is joined in the backfield by Ireland and Syron, and Panetta will be his top target.
12. WYANDANCH WARRIORS
2014 record: 0-7
Coach: Dwight E. Singleton, 1st season
Christian Flowers, RB, 5-10, 175, Jr.
Stanley Joiner, QB/FS, 5-10, 170, Jr.
Vincent Harbison, OL/DE, 6-3, 240, Sr.
Jawein Johnson, TE/DE, 6-4, 220, Sr.
Matthew Rosa, WR, 5-9, 170, Sr.
About the Warriors: Flowers and Joiner lead a quick offense looking to improve. Rosa and Johnson are the downfield threats and kicker Henry Pereira should also help the team score more.
13. EAST HAMPTON BONACKERS
2014 record: No varsity team.
Coach: Joe McKee, 1st season
Axel Alanis, FB/LB, 5-10, 200, Sr.
Burke Gonzalez, OL/DL, 6-1, 225, Sr.
Brandon Johnson, TE/LB, 6-3, 210, Sr.
Josh King, OL/DL, 6-3, 220, Sr.
Ty Olszowski, WR/DL, 5-10, 180, Sr.
About the Bonackers: Team returns to compete at the varsity level after only fielding a junior varsity squad last year. A solid offensive line will be a strength.