West Islip's Sam Ilario breaks into the clear during a...

West Islip's Sam Ilario breaks into the clear during a game against Newfield. (Sept. 28, 2012) Credit: Alan J Schaefer

Two top senior quarterbacks who suffered serious injuries last season return to action Thursday and oppose each other in a key Suffolk II matchup that highlights the first full slate of games for the 2013 season.

Sam Ilario (torn ankle ligaments and tendons) was hurt in West Islip's first-round playoff loss, while Matt Heldberg tore his ACL in Smithtown West's 2012 opener.

All public schools games for Week 1 are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday because of the Jewish holidays.

Smithtown West at West Islip, Thursday, 4 p.m.

Sam Ilario is just five rushing touchdowns away from Pat Wallace's school-record 27, but his priority is a championship, especially after last year's first-round loss to West Babylon when West Islip was the No. 1 seed. West's Matt Heldberg will look for Kyle Mathie who is also a ball hawk in the secondary.


Sachem North at Sachem East, Wednesday, 6 p.m.:There's another Comeback Kid -- North quarterback Trent Crossan, who missed much of last season with a torn hamstring. He's got plenty of veteran company in the backfield in Malik Pierre, Kevin Bragaglia and Anthony Ross. East begins the post-Steven Casali Era with an offense that revolves around quarterback Danny Wolff.


Islip at Miller Place, Wednesday, 4 p.m.: Miller Place, the preseason No. 1 seed for the first time, has a tough opener in No. 7 Islip, which got a boost when 305-pound two-way lineman Cobi Rose transferred in from St. Anthony's. Running back Brett Osman leads the Panthers, who have three huge linemen of their own.


Massapequa at Freeport, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Top-seeded Massapequa has a big-time offense led by wide receivers Nick Balzano and Craig Berge and running back Jack Korber. The Chiefs will have to contend with Freeport's spread and its quarterback, Davelle Hooks.

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Long Beach at MacArthur, Thursday, 7 p.m.: These two playoff contenders lack flashy skill players but can dominate games in the trenches. Long Beach's offensive line is led by 360-pound Tariq Cole. MacArthur features 305-pound Kevin Carboy.


Iona Prep at Chaminade, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Pretty tough opener for defending league champion Chaminade, which hosts the league's No. 2 seed. The Flyers' offense, led by quarterback Sean Cerrone and running back Rob Speranza, was impressive in a season-opening 47-20 non-league victory over Kellenberg. The Gaels lost their non-league opener to powerful Newburgh Free Academy, 46-21.


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