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Suffolk I team-by-team preview

Sachem North RB Kevin Bragaglia takes the handoff

Sachem North RB Kevin Bragaglia takes the handoff to the outside against Northport. (Nov. 8, 2013) Credit: George A. Faella

1. CONNETQUOT THUNDERBIRDS

2013 record: 8-2

Coach: Mike Hansen, 12th season

KEY PLAYERS

Sean Moore

DL/OL, 6-0, 260, Sr.

Sean McKean

SS/WR, 6-3, 195, Sr.

Bryan Ramirez

WR/LB, 5-10, 215, Sr.

Jack Richardson

RB/LB, 5-11, 200, Jr.

Josh Gutierrez

C/DL, 5-10, 265, Sr.

ABOUT THE THUNDERBIRDS

With a loaded offensive line behind Guttierrez and guard Moore, the T-Birds have the top seed for the first time in school history, Early games against Commack and defending LI champ Sachem North will tell us a lot.

 

2. PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD RAIDERS

2013 record: 5-4

Coach: Gary Marang, 3rd season

KEY PLAYERS

Zack Genaway

OT/DE, 6-3, 250, Sr.

Matt Acierno

OG, 5-11, 295, Sr.

Pat Cleary

C, 5-8, 200, Sr.

James Conklin

WR, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Dom Cassella

RB, 5-9, 170, Sr.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS

A new quarterback in athletic senior Rich Ciufo (5-11, 170) should light up the scoreboard, especially with speedy halfback Cassella, who had 10 TDs last year, at his side.

 

3. SACHEM NORTH FLAMING ARROWS

2013 record: 10-2

Coach: David Falco, 12th season

KEY PLAYERS

Anthony DiMatteo

OT/DE, 6-3, 185, Sr.

Kevin Bragaglia

RB/DB, 5-9, 190, SR.

Jasheem Banks

RB/DB, 5-10, 180, SR.

Michael Licata

QB/DB, 6-0, 210, SR.

Chris Fasano

OT/DT, 6-2, 180, So.

ABOUT THE FLAMING ARROWS

The defending Long Island Class I champions have dynamic halfback Bragaglia and tackle DiMatteo to lead the way. Licata will run the offense.

 

4. LONGWOOD LIONS

2013 record: 3-6

Coach: Jeff Cipp, 1st season

KEY PLAYERS

Isaiah White

RB/LB, 5-11, 200, Sr.

Marquise Marshal

RB/LB, 5-8, 185, Sr.

Malcolm Stowe

RB/LB, 5-8, 185, Sr.

Myles Corso

RB/LB, 5-7, 195, Sr.

Matt Weiss

OT/DT, 5-11, 240, Jr.

ABOUT THE LIONS

White could be Long Island's top scoring threat. New coach Cipp looking to "Restore the Roar" at Longwood. Weiss, a smashmouth tackle, anchors the offensive line which will key Longwood's fate.

 

5. BRENTWOOD INDIANS

2013 record: 3-6

Coach: Jon Sorbera, 4th season

KEY PLAYERS

LaVelle Hall

QB, 6-2, 185, Sr.

Jude Innocent

RB/S 5-9, 175, Jr.

Gianni Knight

WR/S, 6-3, 185, Jr.

Deandre Robinson

WR/CB, 5-10, 165, Sr.

O'Brian Joslyn

OL/DL, 5-7, 230, Sr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS

Hall compiled more than 1,700 all-purpose yards and Innocent rushed for another 600. The Indians have a potent offense but can they play defense?

 

6. FLOYD COLONIALS

2013 record: 8-3

Coach: Paul Longo, 20th season

KEY PLAYERS

Matt Silva

DT, 6-0, 285, Sr.

Dwight Corley

WR/CB, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Ryan Nolan

OG/DE, 6-0, 205, Sr.

John Rivera

RB/CB, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Giovanni Oquendo

RB/CB, 5-10, 200, Sr.

ABOUT THE COLONIALS

Floyd went to the county final for the 11th time in 13 years but this is a rebuilding season. Silva will create havoc in the middle.

 

7. COMMACK COUGARS

2013 record: 8-1

Coach: Jeff DiLorenzo, 1st season

KEY PLAYERS

Augie Contressa

WR/RB, 6-0, 175, Jr.

Christian Costello

TE/LB, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Mike Ambrosino

RB/LB, 5-8, 190, Sr.

Kyle LaMantia

LB, 6-0, 215, Sr.

Mike Messinger

RB/LB 5-8, 210, Jr.

ABOUT THE COUGARS

Commack went undefeated through the regular season before losing in the Suffolk semifinals. Contressa will lead the offense for the Cougars under new coach DiLorenzo.

 

8. NORTHPORT TIGERS

2013 record: 4-4

Coach: Kip Lukralle, 29th season

KEY PLAYERS

James Gerdvil

RB/LB, 6-0, 230, Sr.

Michael Trainor

RB/S, 5-11, 175, Sr.

Mark Tomasello

RB/LB, 5-11, 190, Sr.

Cole Quartrup

WR/CB, 6-0, 180, Sr.

Rob Fontana

OT/DT, 6-0, 230, Jr.

ABOUT THE TIGERS

Three-year, two-year starter Gerdvil, a hammer on both sides of the ball, is the only returning starter.

 

9. LINDENHURST BULLDOGS

2013 record: 2-6

Coach: Nick Lombardo, 6th season

KEY PLAYERS

Gino Bonagura

WR/RB, 5-10, 180, Jr.

Ryan Hofmann

QB, 6-3, 180, Jr.

Sean Varela

QB, 5-9, 165, Sr.

Steve Mikolich

OL/DL, 6-4, 280, Sr.

Bob Bove

TE/LB, 6-2, 215, Jr.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS

Hofmann was a bright spot last year with 961 passing yards and seven TDs in five games.

 

10. WARD MELVILLE PATRIOTS

2013 record: 2-6

Coach: Chris Boltrek, 1st season

KEY PLAYERS

Mike Stavropolous

C/DT, 5-11, 285, Sr.

Dominic Pryor

QB/DB, 6-0, 175, So.

Mark Napoli

OG/DT, 6-0, 285, Sr.

Tom Lorusso

RB/LB, 6-2, 215, Jr.

Mike Cusmano

WR/DB, 5-9, 170, Sr.

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS

An injury-plaqued season led to six straight losses. The Patriots have solid in preseason scrimmages.

 

11. SACHEM EAST FLAMING ARROWS

2013 record: 2-6

Coach: Mark Wojciechowski, 4th season

KEY PLAYERS

Billy Carroll

OG/NG, 6-1, 240, Sr.

Jack Johnson

OG/DT, 6-2, 240, Sr.

Anthony Accardi

C/DT, 6-2, 220, Sr.

Sean Gallagher

OT/DT, 6-2, 248, Sr.

Sean Dee

OT/DT, 6-4, 255, Sr.

ABOUT THE FLAMING ARROWS

Linebacker Connor Farrell, who had 87 tackles, and nose guard Billy Carroll, who had five sacks, lead an experienced defense. Expect a playoff berth here.

 

12. BAY SHORE MARAUDERS

2013 record: 3-5

Coach: Craig Blatter, 1st season

KEY PLAYERS

Bradley Pierre

FS/RB, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Archy Ulysse

LB/OT, 6-2, 215, Sr.

Vaughn Napolitano

RB/LB, 6-0, 230, Sr.

Steven Button

QB/DB, 5-10, 175, Sr.

Matt Ilchuk

QB/WR, 6-0, 170, So.

ABOUT THE MARAUDERS

First-year coach Blatter will have a lot on his plate with an inexperienced squad and the move up from Suffolk II.

 

13. WHITMAN WILDCATS

2013 record: 2-6

Coach: Robin Rosa, 5th season

KEY PLAYERS

Parrish Respass

QB, 5-10, 150, Sr.

Gerald Riley

CB/WR, 6-1, 170, Sr.

Jaron Batts

CB/WR, 5-6, 150, Sr.

Jamar Hall

OG/DT, 6-3, 230, Sr.

Rob Bottoni

LB/RB, 6-0, 175, Jr.

ABOUT THE WILDCATS

The Wildcats have quickness but little size. The move up from Suffolk II will make it difficult to qualify for playoffs.

 

14. CENTRAL ISLIP MUSKETEERS

2013 record:4-4

Coach: Rob Gadsden, 1st season

KEY PLAYERS

Livingstone Harriott

QB/S, 6-3, 195, Jr.

Emanuel Flores

OG/LB, 5-10, 205, Sr.

Mathew Reteguiz

RT/DE, 5-9, 225, Sr.

Eriq Dees

WR/CB, 5-6, 170, Sr.

Trovis Clarke

OL/DL, 6-0, 225, Sr.

ABOUT THE MUSKETEERS

Gadsden takes over a team that missed the playoffs in Suffolk II last season and faces tougher competition in Suffolk I.

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