East Islip's Sebastian Regis taken on Thursday.

East Islip's Sebastian Regis taken on Thursday. Credit: Peter Frutkoff

1. SAYVILLE (10-1)

Coach: Reade Sands, 5th year

Five Key Players: Kyle Messina, RB/OLB, So.; Benny Sands, LB/TE, Sr.; Griffin Perez, OT/DT, Sr.; Anthony Morrione, WR/CB, Sr.; Anthony Contaldi, FS/WR, Jr.

The Golden Flashes: They finished second in the division last year, but return several of their key playmakers. Messina dominated as a rusher last year and will also play linebacker this year, where he’ll pair with Benny Sands to lead a fast, athletic defense. Junior Jake Tripptree will take over at QB.

2. EAST ISLIP (10-2)

Coach: Sal J. Ciampi, 22nd year

Five Key Players: Sebastian Regis, OT/DT, Jr.; Aiden Lenox, RB/LB, Sr.; James Sturek, OG/LB, Sr.; Matt McIntee, WR/S, Jr.; Andrew Cooper, RB/LB, Jr.                

East Islip: The reigning Suffolk III champs will have a ton of new faces this season after graduating a strong core. Having a healthy Regis for a full season will be key for the young team. It might take a few weeks to fire on all cylinders.

3. DEER PARK (5-2)

Coach: Dan Bowker, 4th year

Five Key Players: Rachmani Pierre, OL/DL, Sr.; Hayden Lovinsky, WR/DB, Jr.; John Laird, OL/DL, Sr.; Hunter Lovinsky, RB/DB, Jr.; Samuel Adolphe, WR/DB, Sr.          

The Falcons: They made their first playoff appearance in five years and return eight offensive starters and seven on defense. Pierre and Laird are impact players and leaders on both sides of the ball. The Lovinsky twins lead a group of talented skill position players.

4. ISLIP (6-4)

Coach: Jamie Lynch, 17th year

Five Key Players: Kaiden Lewis, RB/SS, Sr.; Joey Vitale, QB, Sr.; Jake Lindskog, WR/DB, Sr.; George Trimigliozzi, FB/LB, Sr.; Collin Brush, OT/DE, Sr.                

The Buccaneers: Lewis is a versatile player who had a big impact on both sides of the ball last year. He will lead the offense with Vitale, who has a strong arm and is playing behind a physical offensive line. Trimigliozzi and Lindskog round out a rock solid defense.

5. COMSEWOGUE (4-5)

Coach: Sean Tremblay, 11th year

Five Key Players: Kaeden West, QB/DB, Jr.; Aaron Nieves, OT/DE, Sr.; Jeremy Tejada, OG/DE, Sr.; Lucas Shannon, TE/LB, So.; Daimler Valerio, RB/DB, Sr.

Comsewogue: West will take over as a dual-threat QB. A shift to the spread offense should help him and players like Shannon and Valerio succeed. Comsewogue has a ton of athleticism on both sides of the ball.

6. WESTHAMPTON (5-4)

Coach: Bryan Schaumloffel, 5th year

Five Key Players: Noah Hebberd, OG/DT, Sr.; William Gambino, QB, Jr.; Jordyn Brown, DE/TE, Jr.; Andrew Mensch, OG/DT, Jr.; Aidan McDermott, LB/OL, Jr.

The Hurricanes: Only four players with varsity playing experience return this year. Gambino will be tasked with leading a group of talented but inexperienced skill position players. Hebberd and Mensch will lead the way on defense, but the play of a completely new secondary and linebacker group will determine the unit's success.

7. HAUPPAUGE (2-6)

Coach: Patrick Faivre, 3rd year

Five Key Players: Jojo Provenzano, RB/DB, Sr., Vincent Barbera, QB, Sr., Brandon Mileti, OL/LB, Sr., Dylan Braun, OL/DL, Sr., Matt Kinsley, WR/LB, Sr.

The Eagles: Preseason injuries held them back last year, but a strong senior core should lead a bounceback season. Mileti, Braun and George Sourlis anchor an offensive line that is the strength of the team. Provenzano and Barbara are primed for big senior years and should lead an explosive offensive attack.

8. HALF HOLLOW HILLS WEST (3-5)

Coach: Geraldi Filardi, 4th year

Five Key Players: Joseph Filardi, QB/S, So.; Jalyn Jacques, RB/LB, Sr.; Thomas Nazaruk, OL/DL, Sr.; Ryan Bonocore, TE/LB, Sr.; Luca Pipia, WR/DB, Sr.  

The Colts: Joseph Filardi played well in his four starts as a freshman and is surrounded by talent. Nazaruk will anchor the line on both sides of the ball and Jacques is as shifty as they come.  

9. HARBORFIELDS (3-6)

Coach: Rocco Colucci, 7th year

Five Key Players: Shane Longin, QB/S, Sr.; Gavin Lindvisk, OL/DL, Sr.; Aidan Terry, TE/OLB, Sr.; Sean Tucker, RB/S, Sr.; Michael Ferranti, RB/S, Jr.        

The Tornadoes: Longin can push the ball downfield and is ready to build on a productive junior season. A strong senior class will help Harborfields be more consistent on both sides of the ball.

10. AMITYVILLE (1-7)

Coach: Jason Epps, 2nd year

Five Key Players: Triston Trellis, QB/S, So.; Jermaine Jackson, RB/LB, Sr.; Josh Garrett, WR/DB, Jr.; Tyree Jones, WR/S, Sr.; Wade Victor, OL/DT, Sr.    

Amityville: Trellis started at QB as a freshman and is expected to make a leap in his sophomore season. He has talent around him with Garrett and Jones. The defense is led by Jackson, the team’s best tackler.

11. EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR (2-6)

Coach: Mike Maratto, 2nd year

Five Key Players: Brian Insogna, OL/DL, Sr., Alex Ruiz, OL/DL, Jr., Payton Timoney, WR/LB, Jr., Ashton Lides, WR/DB, Sr., Zach Veschi, RB/LB, Sr.    

The Sharks: Insogna and Ruiz anchor the offensive and defensive lines, which are the strengths of this team. While young, most players gained experience last year. Speed all over the field will be their calling card.

12. ROCKY POINT (2-6)

Coach: Anthony DiLorenzo, 11th year

Five Key Players: Liam Reisinger, RB/FS, Sr.; AJ Aschettino, QB/DB, Jr.; Peter Bonello, OL/DL, Sr.; James Dowd, RB/LB, Jr.; Jayden White, OL/DL, Sr.

The Eagles: They have plenty of depth, a key after suffering injuries to six two-way starters last season. Dowd will lead the defense after racking up 54 tackles, including one for a loss and one sack in seven games last year.

13. WYANDANCH (3-4)

Coach: Fitz McKinnon, 5th year

Five Key Players: Marcus Harris, TE/OLB, Sr.; Hasan Harris, OL, Sr.; Timothy Jules, FB/LB, Jr.; Fletcher Baptiste, LT/DT, Sr.; Gabriel Cabrera, TE/LB, Sr.  

Wyandanch: A senior-heavy team that will make its Division III debut. It is more balanced and equipped to succeed in all three phases than it was a year ago.

14. EAST HAMPTON (2-6)

Coach: Joe McKee, 8th year

Five Key Players: Charlie Corwin, QB, Jr.; Finn Byrnes, RB/LB, Sr.; Danny Lester, WR/LB, Sr.; Will Darrell, TE/LB, Sr.; Richie Maio, OL/DL, Sr.  

The Bonackers: They will rely on the leadership of Corwin and Byrnes to help ease the transition from Division IV to Division III. The offense has talent at the skill positions, but the offensive line was a weakness last year.

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