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Newsdays Big10 Top Football Teams On Long Island

Posted Sunday, September 05, 2010 by Greg Sarra

1. Sachem North (10-2): The Flaming Arrows are the pre-season pick to win the Class I LIC They won 10 games for the first time in school history in 2009. The 10-game win streak ended in the Suffolk Division I final in a 27-6 loss to Floyd. Linebacker Jesse Scanna missed the playoffs with a broken leg. He’s back to lead an experienced squad.

2. St. Anthony’s (10-1): For only the second time in 8 years, the Friars find themselves the pre-season number two on Long Island. Why? The defending CHSFL champs, winners of 8 of the past 9 titles, are in total reload mode. They’re the top seed in the CHSFL.

3. North Babylon (11-1): The Bulldogs will run All-LI halfback Preshod McCoy, a 1,500-yard rusher, behind a mountain of a line led by All-LI tackle Golden Ukonu, a 6-5, 375-pound behemoth.

4. Garden City (12-0): The Trojans allowed a Long Island-low 28 points on its way to a 12-0 record and the LI Class II title. Senior MLB Stephen Jahelka is one of Nassau’s best and leads another powerful defense that should return to the LIC.

5. Farmingdale (8-3): Watch out for the top seed in Nassau Conference I. Coach Buddy Krumenacker has a senior-oriented squad looking for an LIC title.

6. Freeport (10-2): The Red Devils have been to two straight LI Class I finals, winning last year 38-14 over Floyd. They finished 10-2 and bring back experience on the lines.

7. Holy Trinity (10-1): The Titans and Thorp Award winning halfback Anthony Brunetti gave St. Anthony’s all it could handle in a 28-21 loss in the CHSFL final. The Titans offense will rely on sophomore quarterback Chris Laviano.

8. Floyd (10-2):  The Colonials, the defending Suffolk Division I champions, are very young but will be a major factor in the playoff mix.

9. East Islip (9-2): The Redmen have been in two straight Suffolk Division II title games. A third consecutive appearance is possible.

10. Syosset (6-4):  Junior linebacker Evan Kappatos, the Piner Award winner as a sophomore, leads a stingy defense in Nassau Conference I.

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