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2017 All-Long Island Football Second Team and Honorable Mention

by Dylan Butler on
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 8:12 PM — @Dylan_Butler

Updated Thu, Dec 14, 2017 10:18 AM
2017 All-Long Island Football Second Team and Honorable Mention
Photo by Chris Bergmann

ALL-LONG ISLAND SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

OFFENSIVE LINE

MATT ALONI
Plainedge, verbally committed to Penn State
6-2, 250

A ferocious interior blocker with a tremendous motor, if Aloni chose to block you, you stayed blocked until you were on the turf. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound two-year starter with quick feet is a preferred walk-on and will be a long snapper at Penn State. Defensively at end, he had 34 tackles and six sacks.

 

MICHAEL LIBEROPOULOS
Garden City
6-1, 220

A two-year starter on the offensive line, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior made the move from right tackle to left tackle and was an absolute force, making all the calls and adjustments. A true student-athlete with a 101 average in the classroom, he was awarded the special No. 77 in memory of Paul Eckna, who died on Sept. 11.

 

MATT MIRABITO
Bay Shore
6-7, 320

One of the most physically-imposing linemen on Long Island, Mirabito was a four-year starter on both sides of the line for the Marauders. He had 22 pancake blocks in nine games and defensively he had 41 tackles, six for losses, three-and-a-half sacks and three forced fumbles.

 

JIMMY REGATEIRO
Hills West
6-0, 250

A three-year starter, the athletic and powerful senior was disciplined on both sides of the ball. He did well to clog up the middle and take on traps. As the anchor of the defensive line, Regateiro had 25 tackles and two sacks.

 

QUARTERBACK

NICK ANZALONE
Lindenhurst
6-1, 185

After waiting his turn, Anzalone made the most of his lone season as starting quarterback, going a perfect 12-0 and winning a Long Island Class I title. The three-year varsity player who made all the right reads was 175-of-241 for 2,586 yards and 29 touchdowns, completing 73 percent of his attempts.

 

RUNNING BACK

DAVID ESTRELLA
North Babylon, verbally committed to Stony Brook (lacrosse)
5-9, 165

He handled the responsibility of wearing the coveted No. 14 North Babylon jersey with expected poise and helped carry the Bulldogs to their 10th county title and first since 2009, with 22 carries for 204 yards and three touchdowns in the Suffolk II final.  The high-character senior rushed for 2,095 yards and 26 touchdowns

 

NICK MESSINA
Ward Melville, verbally committed to Brown
6-0, 165

The owner of virtually every rushing record in Ward Melville football history, the Brown-bound running back excelled in the Patriots pass-heavy offense, rushing for 1,322 yards and 14 touchdowns for an average of 9.4 yards per carry. He finished his stellar career with 2,160 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.

 

FULLBACK

NICK CALANDRA
Seaford
6-0, 230

On the varsity since his sophomore season, the strong and physical senior loved playing fullback. The senior went out with a bang, helping the Vikings gain 370 yards of offense and also coming up with eight tackles in a 29-27 win over Miller Place in the Long Island Class IV final.  

 

WIDE RECEIVER

TOM NEALIS (Junior)
Miller Place
6-4, 200

Described as a difference-maker on offense by second-year Miller Place coach Greg Murphy, the junior was nearly impossible to defend one-on-one because of his size and speed. He had 38 receptions for 889 yards and 13 touchdowns, including four catches for 129 yards and a TD in the Suffolk IV final.

 

ANTONIO SMIKLE JR.
Farmingdale
6-4, 180

Athletic and quick with sticky hands, Antonio Smikle Jr. was one of the best receivers on Long Island. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound senior had 33 receptions for 694 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 21 yards per catch and 63 receptions for 1,285 yards and 17 TDs for his stellar three-year varsity career.

 

TIGHT END

MESSIAH SWINSON
Long Island Lutheran 
6-8, 232

He didn’t play for one of Long Island’s perennial powerhouses, but that didn’t stop Swinson from being recruited at the highest level. The two-year All-Long Island selection by News 12 Varsity is expected to make his college decision later this month. He’s choosing between Missouri, Arizona State and just picked up his latest offer from Nebraska.

 

ATHLETE

JASON SEITER
Bethpage
6-1, 177

The senior was Mr. Everything for Bethpage, humbly willing his team to their biggest victories of the season. His impact was felt on offense at quarterback, on special teams as a returner and defensively as a safety where he set a Long Island record with four interceptions in a playoff win against rival Plainedge.

 

KICKER

STEVEN SPIRAKIS
Garden City
6-0, 200

Spirakis was nearly automatic when he lined up to kick the ball. He was 56-of-59 on PATs, 7-of-10 on field goal attempts and was over 85 percent on touchbacks on his kickoff attempts. He kicked a 26-yard field goal and was 3-of-3 on PATs in a 24-6 win over North Babylon in the Long Island Class II final.

 

ALL-LONG ISLAND SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE

MALIK GRANT
Lindehurst
6-0, 200

A three-year starter, Grant used his smarts, physicality and speed to regularly get into the backfield and terrorize opposing quarterbacks. The senior had 74 tackles, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries to anchor one of Long Island’s most ferocious defenses.

NICK GREER
St. Anthony’s
6-3, 270

Physical and imposing at 6-foot-3, 270-pounds, the two-year varsity player used his wrestling pedigree to get great leverage and made history by being the first two-way lineman at St. Anthony’s in a decade. He had 48 tackles, nine for losses, six sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass deflection.

JACK LAVACHE
Wantagh
6-2, 210

Strong, athletic and smart, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior made a bevy of big plays to help lead the Warriors to a second straight appearance in the Nassau Conference III final. The two-way, two-year starter closed out his high school career on a high note with 12 tackles in the county final.

 

LINEBACKER

ROBERT FITZSIMMONS
Freeport
6-5, 260

Fast, physical and ferocious, Fitzsimmons again dominated on both sides of the ball for Freeport, which reached the Nassau Conference I final for a second straight year. The two-year starter paved holes and took ownership of opposing linemen, while being a heat-seeking missile at middle linebacker.

 

ZACH HOBBES
Ward Melville, verbally committed to Harvard (lacrosse)
6-4, 185

Hobbes was a matchup nightmare for opponents because of his size and athleticism at outside linebacker. The Harvard lacrosse-commit was a finalist for the Collotta Award, given annually to the top linebacker in Suffolk. He had 54 tackles, nine for losses with one fumble recovery and one forced fumble, increasing his career total to 110 tackles, 10-1/2 for losses, two sacks, two interceptions, one returned for a TD.

 

CHRISTIAN RODAS
Lawrence
6-0, 225

The Nassau Conference III Player of the Year had a motor that never tired. The 6-foot, 220-pound captain played down hill and sideline to sideline and took joy hunting down the player with the football. Rodas, who also played fullback, helped lead Lawrence to the Nassau III title.

 

JOEY VENEZIA (Sophomore)
Hills West
5-11, 195

A strong tackler who brings toughness on the edge, Venezia made the most of his first year as a defensive starter. As one of the top linebackers in Suffolk, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound sophomore had 45 tackles, seven sacks and one interception.

 

DEFENSIVE BACK

DYLAN JUDD
Oceanside, verbally committed to UMass (baseball)
6-1, 190

A four-year starter and the backbone of the Oceanside team, there was no moment too big for the versatile senior. A two-time All-County selection, Judd had 46 tackles, two interceptions returned for touchdowns and a pair of pass breakups, while also hauling in 42 receptions for 623 yards and nine touchdowns.

 

MITCHEL ST. AUBIN
Lindenhurst
5-11, 160

St. Aubin went from a part-time starter as a junior to being one of the most physical defensive backs on Long Island. Maybe Lindenhurst’s top tackler, the senior had a team-high 107 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception.

 

JUSTIN ZOTTO
Lindenhurst
5-10, 180

A three-year varsity player and two-year starter, Zotto played with passion and poise, seizing some of the biggest moments of the season on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he had 30 tackles, two interceptions – one returned for a TD – with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also had 40 receptions for 555 yards and four touchdowns.

 

PUNTER

PETER ADLER
Hills West
6-4, 233

Adler averaged 36 yards on his 35 punts with a long of 44 yards. He was 39-of-42 on PATs, 5-of-7 on field goal attempts with a long of 38 yards and he had 38 touchbacks, helping lead Hills West to the county final for a fourth consecutive year.

 

ALL-LONG ISLAND HONORABLE MENTION

OFFENSE

OFFENSIVE LINE

SAM GOZELSKI
Northport
6-3, 250

 

JAMES MCGARRITY
Massapequa
6-4, 315

 

FRANK PORCASI
Carey
6-4, 200

 

WILL RUCKERT (Sophomore)
Lindenhurst
5-11, 190

 

ROBERT SCALA
Chaminade
5-10, 195

 

BRENDAN WHITEHEAD
Kellenberg
6-1, 225

 

QUARTERBACK

GREG CAMPISI (Junior)
St. Anthony’s, verbally committed to Harvard (lacrosse)
5-11, 175

 

JACK COLLINS
Port Jefferson
6-3, 180

 

MICHAEL PROIOS
Mepham
6-1, 180

 

RYAN WALSH
Northport
6-3, 185

 

KYLE ZAWADZKI
Smithtown West, verbally committed to Yale (lacrosse)
6-0, 180

 

RUNNING BACK

SEAN BRYAN
St. Anthony’s
5-7, 169

 

CHRIS COLLIER
Lawrence
6-0, 190

 

KEVON HALL (Junior)
Roosevelt
5-11, 180

 

ALEC KIERNAN
Centereach
5-11, 215

 

PETEY LASALLA
Rocky Point
5-5, 170

 

DASHAWN MEADORS
Hempstead
6-2, 225

 

WIDE RECEIVER

CHESTER ANDERSON
Elmont
5-10, 169

 

GAVIN BUDA
Harborfields
6-1, 185

 

NICK GIACALONE
Carey
5-11, 160

 

KEVIN SAMMIS
Bay Shore
6-5, 175

 

TIGHT END

CONOR RYAN
St. Anthony’s
6-4, 205

 

ATHLETE

JULIAN CHUNG
St. Anthony’s
5-10, 175

 

MARC ESPOSITO
West Babylon
5-9, 180

 

KICKER

FRANCESCO ANCONA
Oceanside
5-10, 175

 

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE

ANDREW CHIRICO
Seaford
6-0, 195

 

KYLE KANDEL
Clarke
6-4, 260

 

MATT MCNULTY
Miller Place
6-3, 220

 

TYGAH SCOTT
South Side
6-0, 230

 

DAN WILSON (Junior)
Kellenberg
6-2, 190

 

KEITH WINFREY (Junior)
William Floyd
6-3, 230

 

LINEBACKER

MACK DRIVER (Junior)
William Floyd
6-2, 220

 

KYLE HAFF (Sophomore)
West Islip
5-10, 182

 

DREW MARTIN
Hills East
6-2, 190

 

MICHAEL PALERMO
St. John the Baptist
6-0, 175

 

NOLAN QUINLAN
Westhampton
6-5, 210

 

SUQUAN STAYS
Lawrence
6-3, 230

 

DEFENSIVE BACK

MIKE CIUFFO
Plainedge
5-9, 140

 

JALA COAD
Amityville
6-0, 185

 

CARLOS DURAN
Lawrence
6-1, 175

 

JAMES LYONS
Sayville
5-8, 160

 

DAN MARCELLO
Calhoun
5-8, 150

 

MAKHAI MURPHY (Junior)
St. Anthony’s
5-8, 160 

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