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Suffolk Division II players to watch in 2019

Cole Bunicci, Connetquot High School during the Newsday

Cole Bunicci, Connetquot High School during the Newsday 2019 Top100 Football Team photo shoot on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

COLE BUNICCI, Connetquot

Go-to receiver is also a standout tackler on defense. He’ll also handle all the kicking duties. Coach Mike Hansen called him a ‘rare talent.’


Rushed for 760 yards and scored 11 touchdowns last season“He’s very tough,” coach Steve Fasciani said.


Stony Brook University-bound Guttieri is dangerous in run-pass option situations and on his feet. “He’s got it all,” coach Mike Hansen said.           

KYLE HAFF, West Islip

“He’s just a menace,” coach Steve Mileti said of his linebacker/tailback. “He’s happy-go-lucky, but when he gets on the field, anyone can see he’s a wrecking ball.”


“He’s the most talented quarterback I’ve had the opportunity to coach,” said Nick Adler. “He can run. He can throw. He can do it all. He’s as accurate at 50-yards down field as he is at 10-yards.”

KEVIN MELORE, Smithtown East

Two-way offensivethreat passed for 812 yards and five touchdowns last season and rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns.


Parrish does it all – he even punts. As a quarterback, he’s entering his second year playing the position and has a firm command of the offense.    

WILL RUCKERT, Lindenhurst

The two-way, 6-1, 240 pound lineman, led the Bulldogs with 13 sacks. A four-year starter, Ruckert is also the team’s long snapper.    

DEAN SHAFFER, Smithtown East

As a running back, Shaffer gained 1,100 yards and scored 16 touchdowns last season. At linebacker, he has superior field vision and can read and react very well, coach Stephen Costello said.

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