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Suffolk football players to watch in 2016

A look at 40 players to watch in Suffolk County high school football for the 2016 season. Ten players were chosen from each of the four conferences. All 40 players are listed here in alphabetical order.

Greg Amato, Floyd, C, Sr.

Three-year starter, controls offense line at center
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Three-year starter, controls offense line at center

Maleik Bonner, Longwood, RB, Sr.

Swift back to have a larger workload this
Photo Credit: James Escher

Swift back to have a larger workload this season

Damien Caffrey, Glenn, DE, Sr.

Dominant defensive end had 34 tackles, seven sacks
Photo Credit: James Escher

Dominant defensive end had 34 tackles, seven sacks and an interception.

Jason Carlock, Babylon, WR/DB, Sr.

Leader on offense and defense had 24 catches,
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Leader on offense and defense had 24 catches, 319 yards and six touchdowns

Michael Carneiro, Mount Sinai, RB/DB, Sr.

Key cornerback also ran for 1,240 yards and
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Key cornerback also ran for 1,240 yards and 11 touchdowns as a halfback

Drew Cestaro, West Islip, TB/LB, Sr.

This leader continues rich family tradition of great
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

This leader continues rich family tradition of great Lion tailbacks. And they all wore No. 23.

Kenny Chavez, Hills East, QB/DB, Sr.

Three-year standout who headlines Thunderbirds' flexbone offense.
Photo Credit: James Escher

Three-year standout who headlines Thunderbirds' flexbone offense.

Jack Coan, Sayville, QB, Sr.

Coan threw for 2,334 yards and 35 touchdowns
Photo Credit: James Escher

Coan threw for 2,334 yards and 35 touchdowns last season and was All-Long Island.

Paul Cooper, Kings Park, QB/DB, Sr.

Cooper set a school record for passing yardage
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Cooper set a school record for passing yardage (1,581) and had 832 yards rushing.

Kevin Cutinella, Shoreham-Wading River, Sr.

Ran for 5 touchdowns and had 19 tackles
Photo Credit: James Escher

Ran for 5 touchdowns and had 19 tackles and an interception

Luciano DeRenzo, Connetquot, OL/DL, Sr.

Strong lineman, three-year starter on both sides of
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Strong lineman, three-year starter on both sides of the ball

Chris Fasano, Sachem North, OL/DL, Sr.

The Bryant University commit is one of the
Photo Credit: Dave Falco

The Bryant University commit is one of the top linemen on Long Island

Alexander Filacouris, Hills West, RB/DB, Sr.

Colts leader has produced 2,985 career all-purpose yards
Photo Credit: James Escher

Colts leader has produced 2,985 career all-purpose yards and 37 TDs.

Joe Filippetti, Miller Place, H/LB, Sr.

Three-year starter at H-back and linebacker will lead
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Three-year starter at H-back and linebacker will lead a stout defense

Kyle Fleitman, East Islip, QB/DB, Sr.

The dual-threat quarterback brings a new dynamic to
Photo Credit: James Escher

The dual-threat quarterback brings a new dynamic to the East Islip offense.

Hernan Funes, Brentwood, RB/LB, Sr.

Averaged 5.3 yards a carry with 60 tackles
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Averaged 5.3 yards a carry with 60 tackles

Chris Gray, Shoreham-Wading River, RB, Sr.

Takes over as the feature back after 286
Photo Credit: James Escher

Takes over as the feature back after 286 yards and three touchdowns last year

Matt Guercio, Kings Park, OT/DT, Sr.

Guercio will anchor both lines for the Kingsmen.
Photo Credit: James Escher

Guercio will anchor both lines for the Kingsmen.

Latrell Horton, Longwood, RB/LB, Sr.

Standout linebacker moves to from fullback to tailback
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Standout linebacker moves to from fullback to tailback on offense

Matt Ilchuk, Bay Shore, QB, Sr.

Had 856 passing yards with 8 TD to
Photo Credit: James Escher

Had 856 passing yards with 8 TD to go with 710 rushing yards and 13 TD

Jason Intermesoli, Sayville, WR/DB, Sr.

Intermesoli caught 26 passes for 356 yards and
Photo Credit: James Escher

Intermesoli caught 26 passes for 356 yards and five touchdowns.

Isaiah Israel, Newfield, RB/LB, Sr.

Three-year captain for defending L.I. Class II &
Photo Credit: James Escher

Three-year captain for defending L.I. Class II & Rutgers Trophy champs.

Avory Johnson, Southampton, TE/DE, Sr.

Son of former NFL first-round pick will be
Photo Credit: Southampton High School

Son of former NFL first-round pick will be a dominant force at defensive end and tight end

Cam Jordan, Hills West, WR/DB, Sr.

Syracuse commit had 39 catches for 1,080 yards
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Syracuse commit had 39 catches for 1,080 yards with 16 TDs in '15.

Richie Keuler, Deer Park, OL/DE, Sr.

Mix of strength and speed; had 50 tackles
Photo Credit: James Escher

Mix of strength and speed; had 50 tackles (19 for a loss) a year ago.

Dylan Laube, Westhampton, WR/DB, Jr.

Laube had over 1,600 yards all-purpose yards and
Photo Credit: James Escher

Laube had over 1,600 yards all-purpose yards and had 24 touchdowns.

Tim Mullane, West Islip, OL/DL, Sr.

Athletic two-way lineman had 38 tackles and six
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Athletic two-way lineman had 38 tackles and six sacks last season.

Eddie Munoz, Ward Melville, WR/DB, Sr.

Quick receiver had 9 TD, 41 tackles, three
Photo Credit: James Escher

Quick receiver had 9 TD, 41 tackles, three interceptions

Kyle Nunez, East Islip, OL/DL, Sr.

Nunez is a powerful presence on the lines
Photo Credit: James Escher

Nunez is a powerful presence on the lines for the Redmen.

Justin Ottenwalder, Newfield, RB/LB, Sr.

One of the best backs in Suffolk II
Photo Credit: James Escher

One of the best backs in Suffolk II because of run and catch abilities.

Nick Provenzano, Islip, TE/LB, Sr.

Provenzano made 78 tackles for the Bucs as
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Provenzano made 78 tackles for the Bucs as a junior.

Jeremy Ruckert, Lindenhurst, TE, Jr.

Had 60 receptions for 830 yards. Recruited by
Photo Credit: James Escher

Had 60 receptions for 830 yards. Recruited by top D-I NCAA schools for tight end.

Colin Smith, Hampton Bays, RB/LB, Sr.

Returning all-county player will play key role at
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Returning all-county player will play key role at fullback and linebacker

Brandon Sobotker, North Babylon, RB/DB, Sr.

Powerful running back is also dynamic runner with
Photo Credit: James Escher

Powerful running back is also dynamic runner with breakaway speed.

Frankie Stola, Northport, Sr.

Three-year starter, Stola is an evasive playmaker.
Photo Credit: James Escher

Three-year starter, Stola is an evasive playmaker.

Brandon Stiles, Eastport-South Manor, WR/LB

Had 411 receiving yards and 80 tackles and
Photo Credit: James Escher

Had 411 receiving yards and 80 tackles and three interceptions.

Keegan Syron, Greenport, RB/LB, Sr.

Will be a force on both sides of
Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

Will be a force on both sides of the ball at tailback and linebacker

Justin Tavares, East Islip, RB/DB, Jr.

Tavares ran for 739 yards and averaged 7.7
Photo Credit: James Escher

Tavares ran for 739 yards and averaged 7.7 yards per carry as a sophomore.

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

Northwestern commit had 64 tackles and three sacks.
Photo Credit: James Escher

Northwestern commit had 64 tackles and three sacks.

Jared Zeigler, North Babylon, QB/CB, Sr.

Two-way standout is best athlete on talented Bulldogs
Photo Credit: James Escher

Two-way standout is best athlete on talented Bulldogs team.

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