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Suffolk II team-by-team preview

Smithtown East quarterback John Daniggelis looks on during

Smithtown East quarterback John Daniggelis looks on during football practice on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

1. RIVERHEAD BLUE WAVES

2013 Record: 10-2

Coach: Leif Shay, 16th year

KEY PLAYERS

Ryun Moore

RB/LB, 5-10/185, Jr.

Ethan Greenidge

OL/DL, 6-6/325, Sr.

Raheem Brown

RB/LB, 5-10/195, Sr.

Eddie Wills

OL/DL, 6-2/225, Sr.

RJ Foster

WR/DB, 5-11/185, Sr.

ABOUT THE BLUE WAVES

Moore stepped up huge in the Long Island championship and is one of the top play makers in Suffolk on both sides of the ball.

 

2. EAST ISLIP REDMEN

2013 Record: 8-3

Coach: Sal Ciampi, 14th season

KEY PLAYERS

Sean Sconone

OL/DL, 5-10/250

John Wilson

OL/DL, 5-10/240, SR.

Anthony Nunez

TE/DL, 6-2/240, Sr.

Kyle Nunez

OL/DL, 6-2/280, So.

Jack Hannigan

QB/SS, 5-8/175, Jr.

ABOUT THE REDMEN

Looking to reach County final for seventh time in nine seasons. Hannigan has another year of experience with dynamic Hugens Tranquille, who had 30 catches for 510 yards and five touchdowns.

 

3. SMITHTOWN EAST BULLS

2013 Record: 5-4

Coach: Pete Melore, 4th year

KEY PLAYERS

John Daniggelis

QB, 6-1/185, Sr.

Brian Willetts

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

Jesse Whiting

WR/DB, 5-11/170, Sr.

John Murray

OL/DL, 6-1/230, Sr.

Cole Vittoria

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

ABOUT THE BULLS

Third year starter Daniggelis threw for 15 touchdowns and ran for eight more in 2013. Cole Valinotti is an underrated pass catcher at tight end and complements Willetts and Whiting on the outside.

 

4. NEWFIELD WOLVERINES

2013 Record: 6-4

Coach: Joe Piccininni, 10th year

KEY PLAYERS

Joe Saladino

OL/DL, 5-11/260, Jr.

Elijah Riley

WR/DB, 6-0/185, Jr.

Dylan Ferrari

OL/DL, 6-1/240, Jr.

Denzel Williams

RB/DB, 5-10/170, Jr.

Patty Crean

OL/DL, 6-0/265, Sr.

ABOUT THE WOLVERINES

Saladino is a returning all-County player and anchors a line that will lead Newfield's strong ground attack that will be a key to Newfield's physical mentality.

 

5. HALF HOLLOW HILLS WEST COLTS

2013 Record: 5-4

Coach: Kyle Madden, 14th year

KEY PLAYERS

Joseph Cipoletti

TE/LB, 5-9/200, Sr.

Anthony Lucarelli

QB/DB, 6-2/175, Jr.

Lucas DiGiorgi

RB/DB, 5-9/200, Jr.

Matthew Fattibene

OL/DL, 6-0/215, Sr.

Cody Clarson

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

ABOUT THE COLTS

Cipoletti was a terror at the middle linebacker spot with 72 tackles, four fumble recoveries and three interceptions. Lucarelli (1,300 pass yards and 15 touchdowns) and DiGiorgi (600 rushing yards) will lead offense.

 

6. NORTH BABYLON BULLDOGS

2013 Record: 4-5

Coach: Terry Manning, 24th year

KEY PLAYERS

Talib Ahmad

OL/DL, 5-11/230, Sr.

Michael Hart

QB/DB, 6-2/195, Sr.

Jajhuan Winters

RB/DB, 5-9/180, Jr.

Brandon Sobotker

RB/DB, 6-0/180, So.

Jared Ziegler

RB/DB, 5-11/175, So.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS

Made the playoffs in Division II last season and will look to pound the ball on the ground behind a line led by Ahmad with a strong stable of underclassmen running backs.

 

7. WEST ISLIP LIONS

2013 Record: 5-4

Coach: Steve Mileti, 6th year

KEY PLAYERS

Max McNicholas

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

Alex Barbera

WR/SS, 5-8/160, Sr.

Billy Hellem

WR, 6-5/210, Sr.

JJ Downey

WR/SS, 5-8/170, Sr.

Mike Lombardi

TE/LB, 5-9/210, Jr.

ABOUT THE LIONS

McNicholas takes over at quarterback in his third year of varsity. Matt Cairo and John Devlin are a dominant pair on the interior of both lines.

 

8. BELLPORT CLIPPERS

2013 Record: 5-5

Coach: Joe Cipp III, 4th year

KEY PLAYERS

Conor Haverty

RB/LB, 5-11/230, Sr.

Andrew Trent

WR/DB, 6-2/175, Sr.

Nick Fountis

QB/DB, 6-0/195, Sr.

Jabari M'bhaso

RB/DB, 5-10/185, Sr.

Will Priemer

OL/DL, 6-1/230, Sr.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS

Replaced the entire offensive line but have returning quarterback Fountis (1,352 yards passing) and M'bhaso (826 yards rushing) to lead the offense.

 

9. SMITHTOWN WEST BULLS

2013 Record: 7-2

Coach: Peter Cerullo, 10th year

KEY PLAYERS

Garrett Brunsvold

RB, 6-1, Sr.

Sam Chaudhary

OL/DL, 6-2/265, Sr.

Austin Bariadi

OL/DL, 6-2/260, Sr.

Dan Caroussos

OB/FS, 5-10/175, Jr.

Michael Alfano

WR/C, 5-10/170, Jr.

ABOUT THE BULLS

Replaced key offensive weapons but will count on Brunsvold to pace offense on the ground behind line led by Chaudhary and Bariadi.

 

10. DEER PARK FALCONS

2013 Record: 4-5

Coach: Ron Langella, 9th year

KEY PLAYERS

Jasawn Thompson

RB, 6-2/220, Sr.

Kyle Lessick

LB, 5-11, 205, Sr.

Danny Jacob

DB, 5-8/170, Sr.

Andrew Ciejka

LB, 5-11/205, Sr.

Jonathan Bisono

DL, 6-0/230, Sr.

ABOUT THE FALCONS

The offense will revolve around powerful running back Thompson as he guns for another 2,000 yard season. Lessick doubles as outstanding kicker.

 

11. WEST BABYLON EAGLES

2013 Record: 1-7

Coach: Nick Martone, 2nd year

KEY PLAYERS

Nick Gilley

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

Elijah Wiegand

OL/DL, 6-3/240, Sr.

Devon Smith-Martin

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

Jonathan Flores

RB/DB, 5-9/180, Jr.

Davante Penn

QB, 6-4/185, Jr.

ABOUT THE EAGLES

Gilley will be counted on for leadership and to make big plays as he is one of only five Division II returning All-County players.

 

12. COPIAGUE EAGLES

2013 Record: 1-7

Coach: Ken Rittenhouse, 6th year

KEY PLAYERS

Ed Romero

OL/DL, 6-1/240, Jr.

Turner Kelly

OL/DL, 6-1/240, Sr.

Malik Harrison

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

Peter McKenzie

QB/DB, 6-2/180, Jr.

Michael Hararah

OL/DL, 5-7/210, Sr.

ABOUT THE EAGLES

Have depth along the offensive line in Romero, Kelly and Hararah but remain inexperienced at the skill positions.

 

13. CENTEREACH COUGARS

2013 Record: 1-7

Coach: Adam Barrett, 1st year

KEY PLAYERS

Mike Durkin

WR/OLB, 6-2/185, Sr.

Deiter Bartollotta

RB/LB, 5-9/165, Sr.

Brian Berdecia

WR/DB, 5-8/155, Sr.

Michael Volpe

OL/DL, 6-0/190, Jr.

Evan Heyder

OL/DL, 5-11/190, Jr.

ABOUT THE COUGARS

Expect Durkin and Bartollotta to lead a spread offense that hopes to feature a relatively balanced rushing and passing attack.

 

14. HALF HOLLOW HILLS EAST THUNDERBIRDS

2013 Record: 0-8

Coach: Mike Maratto, 1st year

KEY PLAYERS

Blaise Spinelli

RB/LB, 6-0/225, Sr.

Kodi Ojukwu

OL/DL, 6-3/225, Sr.

Derek Merckling

QB/OLB, 6-3/210, Sr.

Malik Williams-Wells

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

Dylan O'Shea

OL/DL, 6-2/220, Sr.

ABOUT THE THUNDERBIRDS

Spinelli is a key to setting the tone on both sides of the ball as a bruising running back and at linebacker.

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