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Floyd gets the top seed in Suffolk I

Floyd's Steve Iannone dives across the goal line

Floyd's Steve Iannone dives across the goal line for a second half touchdown against Central Islip on Sept. 27, 2014. Credit: Daniel De Mato

Floyd's Colonals came out of the Suffolk I coaches' meeting with the No. 1 seed, leaving Longwood green with envy.

Longwood (9-1) breezed through its schedule before being upset by upstart Patchogue-Medford in the Suffolk semifinals last season.

Floyd has won nine Suffolk titles and five Long Island championships in the past 13 years.

The young Colonials finished at 5-4, their worst record in 14 years, and were eliminated by Lindenhurst in the quarterfinal round of the Suffolk playoffs.

"Where's our respect?" said Matt Weiss, Longwood's monstrous offensive tackle who earned the Zellner Award as Suffolk's top lineman in 2014. "Floyd always gets respect and they've earned it with a great program. But we felt we were disrespected in the seeding meeting and that we should have been the top seed."

There is parity in Suffolk I this season. Lindenhurst, the defending champion, got hot at the right time in the playoffs, and led by quarterback Ryan Hofmann, won its first outright playoff title. Hofmann threw for 1,980 yards and 20 touchdowns and has a host of talent on offense. The Bulldogs also felt they should been awarded the top seed.

And then there's Connetquot, which has the best regular season record of all Division I teams over the past three years, winning 21 of 24 games. But the T-Birds, who last won the Long Island Class I title in 2008, have found no recent playoff magic, losing games in the waning seconds three years in a row.

Connetquot quarterback Jack Cassidy, who threw for 12 touchdowns and ran for nine is a game changer but the T-Birds need to find an offensive line to protect him.

Commack quarterback C.J. Trenkle and wide out Augie Contressa will be hard to stop, and Northport, a perennial playoff team, has depth on both lines. Both teams will contend for the playoffs along with Sachem East, Sachem North and Patchogue-Medford.


2014 record: 5-4

Coach: Paul Longo, 21st season

Key players

Steve Iannone, RB, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Greg Amato, OL, 6-0, 295, Jr.

Raquell Davis, OL, 5-11, 260, Jr.

Bryan Carney, OL, 6-1, 250, Jr.

Mike Bradley, LB, 5-11, 195, Jr.

About the Colonials: Floyd is looking to win its first Suffolk title in three years. The Colonials were young last season starting mostly sophomores. Longo's patience and coaching skills will help the Colonials benefit from that experience.


2014 record: 9-3

Coach: Nick Lombardo, seventh season

Key players

Gino Bonagura, WR/DB, 5-10, 185, Sr.

Ryan Hofmann, QB, 6-3, 185, Sr.

Bob Bove, TE/LB, 6-2, 215, Sr.

Jeremy Ruckert, WR/DE, 6-5, 210, So.

Joe Palmeri, WR/DB, 5-7, 160, Sr.

About the Bulldogs: The defending county champions return a lot of talent at the skill positions. Hofmann (1,980 yards, 20 TDs) must wait for Ruckert to return from a leg injury. Bove made 116 tackles.


2014 record: 9-1

Coach: Jeff Cipp, second season

Key players

Matt Weiss, OL/DL, 6-1, 270, Sr.

Latrelle Horton, FB/LB, 5-10, 250, Jr.

Marquis Simpson, QB/CB, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Anthony Lavio, OG/DT, 6-0, 265, Sr.

Mike Linbrunner, TE/DE, 6-1, 165, Sr.

About the Lions: Returning Zellner Award winner Weiss and Lavio lead an experienced offensive line, but replacing All-L.I. halfback Isaiah White will be difficult. Horton moves to MLB and will have an impact. Longwood won nine straight before playoff loss to Patchogue-Medford.


2014 record: 7-2

Coach: Mike Hansen, 13th season

Key players

Jack Cassidy, QB, 6-2, 215, Sr.

Jack Richardson, RB/SS, 5-11, 200, Sr.

Jack Spataro, RB/LB, 5-10, 165, Sr.

Gregor Malkasian, OL/DL, 5-9, 215, Sr.

Luciano DeRenzo, OL/DL, 6-1, 230, Jr.

About the Thunderbirds: Have suffered three excruciating playoff losses in the past three years by a total of seven points. They are 21-3 in past three regular seasons. Cassidy threw for 12 TDs and ran for nine. Richardson rushed for 1,032 yards and 14 TDs.


2014 record: 5-4

Coach: Kip Lukralle, 30th season

Key players

Rob Fontana, OG/DT, 6-1, 235, Sr.

James Clemente, OG/DT, 6-1, 225, Sr.

Ryan Elliot, RB/CB, 5-10, 180, Jr.

Frankie Stola, RB/LB, 6-0, 180, Jr.

Rob Dosch, FB/SS, 5-10, 190, Sr.

About the Tigers: Experience is a strength as Northport returns seven starters on offense and six on defense. Fontana and Clemente anchor the offensive line. The Tigers, a perennial playoff team, were ousted by Sachem East, 10-7, in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.


2014 record: 3-5

Coach: Jeff DiLorenzo, second season

Key players

Augie Contressa, WR/SS, 6-1, 90, Sr.

Tom Dugan, WR/FS, 5-10, 188, Sr.

Mike Messenger, OL/LB, 5-10, 210, Sr.

Ryan Salmon, OL/LB, 6-0, 215, Sr.

Jordan Levine, FB/LB, 5-9, 200, Sr.

About the Cougars: Just missed the playoffs last season and Contressa is one of the more exciting players in the division with breakaway speed and big-play ability that produced 10 TDs in just over five games. C.J. Trenkle threw for 10 scores as a junior.


2014 record: 3-5

Coach: Chris Boltrek, second season

Key players

Eddie Munoz, WR/DB, 5-11, 180, Jr.

John Day, WR/LB, 6-0, 165, Sr.

Logan Flammer, RB/MLB, 6-0, 205, Sr.

Nick Cervone, RB/DB, 6-0, 192, Sr.

Tom Lorusso, TE/DE, 6-2, 215, Sr.

About the Patriots: Barely missed the playoffs after a late-season rush. Boltrek has

a young group of talent around Munoz, who led the team in tackles with 58 and also returned two interceptions for touchdowns.


2014 record: 8-2

Coach: Mark Wojciechowski, fifth season

Key players

Kyle Smith, TE/DE, 6-0, 200, Sr.

Nick Telesca, WR/DB, 5-9, 175, Sr.

Vin Riha, FB/DE, 6-1, 195, Sr.

Cody Solomosy, WR/DB, 6-1, 205, Sr.

Ben Vargas, WR/DB, 6-2, 190, Sr.

About the Flaming Arrows: This is a rebuilding year for Sachem East, which reeled off seven straight wins to open the 2014 season. Smith had 70 tackles, including 12 for a loss and five sacks to lead a stingy defense.


2014 record: 3-6

Coach: David Falco, 13th season

Key players

Chris Fasano, OL/DL, 6-3, 225, Jr.

Steve Anacreon, FB/DL, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Bryan Czarnecki, WR/DB, 6-0, 175, Sr.

David McCarthy, QB/LB, 5-11, 175, Sr.

Dylan Rodriguez, OL/DL, 6-2, 250, Sr.

About the Flaming Arrows: McCarthy, who runs well and has a strong arm, will have plenty of experience on the line behind Fasano and Rodriguez. The Flaming Arrows squeezed into the postseason as the eighth seed last year.


2014 record: 6-5

Coach: Gary Marangi, fourth season

Key players

Steve Ortiz, LB, 6-0, 205, Sr.

Tim Figurowski, RB, 5-11, 185, Sr.

Nico Morabito, WR/P, 6-0, 180, Sr.

Dylan Holmberg, QB, 6-1, 195, Sr.

Jon Joseph, WR/DB, 5-11, 180, Sr.

About the Raiders: Holmberg will fill the shoes of quarterback Rich Ciufo, who led the Raiders to stunning playoff upsets over the first and second seeds at Longwood and Connetquot. The Raiders' run ended against Lindenhurst in the final.


2014 record: 1-7

Coach: Jon Sorbera, fifth season

Key players

Tyjuan Nelson, WR/K, 6-3, 180, Jr.

Hernan Funes, FB/LB, 5-10, 190, Jr.

Devante Frederick, TE/DE, 6-3, 185, Sr.

Latrell Hall, OT/DT, 6-3, 210, Sr.

Alex Ventura, WR/DB, 5-9, 165, Sr.

About the Indians: The team finds itself in transition on both sides of the ball, especially after All-Suffolk QB Jude Innocent's transfer to Roosevelt. Injuries decimated the Indians' offense last season as the team struggled to score points.


2014 record: 1-7

Coach: Craig Blatter, second season

Key players

Matt Ilchuk, WR/DB, 6-1, 175, Jr.

Justin Ortega, TE/LB, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Brennan Souhrada, OL/DL, 6-6, 305, Sr.

Danyhul Brooks, RB/DE, 6-1, 190 Sr.

Devin Barnett, WR/FS, 6-1, 185, Sr.

About the Marauders: With a trio of 300-pound-plus starters on the offensive line, Bay Shore will look to run -- and perhaps record its first winning season since 2009. Ilchuk, who scored seven times last season, moves to quarterback.


2014 record: 3-5

Coach: Robin Rosa, sixth season

Key players

Tyrese Betts, WR/CB, 6-1, 180 Sr.

Robert Bottoni, RB/LB, 6-1, 175, Sr.

Joe Ward, OL/LB, 6-2, 190, Sr.

Vincent Pastore, OT/DE, 6-0, DE, Jr.

Angelo Gervasio, OL/LB, 6-1, 190, Sr.

About the Wildcats: Whitman used four different quarterbacks in 2014 due to injuries. Rosa believes his team can make a run at a winning season, and possibly a postseason spot, if the Wildcats can stay healthy.


2014 record: 0-8

Coach: Rob Gadsden, second season

Key players

Livingstone Harriott, QB/FS, 6-3, 210, Sr.

Keith Bailey, WR/LB, 6-3, 198, Sr.

Armani Beasley, HB/LB, 5-9, 175, Sr.

Daniel Hennie, QB/WR, 5-11, 180, Sr.

Ishmael Wade, RB/DB, 5-9, 175, Jr.

About the Musketeers: Harriott, a highly-recruited player, is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He hopes to help Central Islip snap a drought of five seasons without making the playoffs.

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