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Suffolk I football players to watch for 2017

Northport's Sam Gozelski leads the way for a running

Northport's Sam Gozelski leads the way for a running back. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

RICKY CONWAY, Lindenhurst, Sr.

Uses athletic ability to contribute out of the backfield.

SAM GOZELSKI, Northport, Sr.

Three-year starter who anchors the offensive and defensive line.

THOMAS KUTCHMA, Ward Melville, Sr.

One of the most feared linemen on Long Island, Kutchma hopes to lead a strong offensive line back to a Suffolk I title game.

NICK MESSINA, Ward Melville, Sr.

Taking over as the Patriots’ go-to playmaker this season, Messina ran for eight touchdowns last year. Dynamic running back and one of the most dangerous players with the ball in the league.

JAKE MURPHY, Longwood, Sr.

Second-year varsity player will take over the backfield this season.

JEREMY RUCKERT, Lindenhurst, Sr.

The two-time All-Long Island selection has more than 150 receptions over the past three seasons. A blue chip recruit, the tight end is committed to attend Ohio State University.

NICK SILVA, Floyd, Jr.

The elusive ballcarrier ran for 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore.

RYAN WALSH, Northport, Sr.

Second-year starting at quarterback this season. Walsh passed for 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.

GEORGE WICHELNS, Connetquot, Sr.

Committed to play lacrosse at Maryland since the ninth grade, Wichelns is one of the best athletes in Suffolk I. Had 34 receptions for more than 400 yards last season and is capable of scoring whenever he has the ball.


Big lineman who controls the line of scrimmage. Had six sacks and 55 tackles last season.

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