With the start of the football season on Long Island less than a month away, News 12 Varsity takes a look at some of the top games to watch.
Here are the the next three in a list of the top 25 games of the 2017 football season.
ROOSEVELT AT WANTAGH
Thursday, Sept, 28, 4:30 p.m.
This is a rematch of last year’s Nassau Conference III title game, won by the Warriors as part of their undefeated Long Island Championship season. Wantagh is the favorite to win the county title again and the Rough Riders can make a serious statement with a road victory.
Kevon Hall vs. Gavin Casey
Hall, a 5-foot-10, 200 pound rising junior, was a two-way starter for the Rough Riders a year ago at running back and middle linebacker. Hall formed a solid one-two punch with Corey Bull, rushing for 1,097 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The ultimate quiet tough guy, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Casey, who was named first team All-Long Island by News 12 Varsity, did a lot of the heavy lifting to help lead Wantagh to an undefeated Long Island Class III title. In addition to blowing up linebackers, the rising senior rushed for 1,089 yards and 13 touchdowns and had three receiving scores, while adding 91 tackles – 191 for his career – as a standout linebacker.
A year ago, Roosevelt lost just twice – both times to Wantagh.
In Week 3 at Wantagh, the Warriors cruised to a 28-0 win over Roosevelt, their second straight shutout. Tommy Rohan rushed for a TD, Jake Castellano connected with Jimmy Joyce for a pair of touchdowns and Gavin Casey added an 8-yard touchdown run
Casey rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown and had eight tackles and Rohan added a 20-yard TD to lead the Warriors to their third consecutive playoff shutout and first county title since 2004 with a 13-0 win over Roosevelt.
SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER AT MILLER PLACE
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2:30 p.m.
Suffolk Division IV supremacy could be on the line when the three-time defending champion in Shoreham-Wading River faces the preseason top seed in Miller Place in front of what should be a standing-room only Homecoming Day crowd.
Daniel Curtin vs. Tyler Ammirato
At 6-foot-4, 272 pounds, the athletic and strong Curtin is the big man on campus after Ethan Wiederkehr graduated and went to Northwestern. The rising senior is a returning starter at guard and defensive tackle, a hole opener on offense and a run-stuffer on defense.
Ammirato, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound rising senior was an all-county selection a year ago, rushing for 1,394 yards and 29 touchdowns. Ammirato, who also played lacrosse and basketball, rushed for three or more touchdowns six times, including four TDs and 218 yards on 26 carries in a win over Mt. Sinai.
Shoreham-Wading River won both matchups a year ago, including a 49-6 victory in the Suffolk Division IV semifinals.
In a 27-14 win in Week 6, Chris Gray rushed for 239 yards and three touchdowns and had a tie-breaking 65-yard interception return in the fourth quarter. Tyler Ammirato had 19 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns for Miller Place.
On Nov. 11, Kevin Cutinella had 11 carries for 189 yards and four touchdowns and added an interception on defense to lead the Wildcats back to the county title game.
LONGWOOD AT WILLIAM FLOYD
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m.
It’s the Battle of William Floyd Parkway and each game between the neighboring rivals are always spirited and physical. William Floyd took both meetings handily last year, something the Lions of Longwood surely hasn’t forgotten.
Jordan Harris vs. Nick Silva
Harris, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound rising senior is a returning starter at quarterback and free safety for Longwood. He rushed for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added an interception defensively for the Lions.
Silva ran bigger than his 5-foot-7, 185-pound frame, often lowering his shoulders and welcoming contact. What he lacked in breakaway speed, the rising junior, who was named All-Long Island second team by News 12 Varsity, made up with vision and elusiveness. He rushed for 1,548 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Suffolk I champions.
A year after Longwood picked up a pair of lopsided victories, Floyd earned a measure of revenge by turning the tables on its rivals. It started in Week 5 with the Colonials picking up a 28-6 victory. Nick Silva rushed for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Rob Taiani connected with AJ Ray for a 20-yard TD and running back Michael Bradley hit Keith Winfrey for a 5-yard score to pace the Colonials to their first Battle of William Floyd Parkway win since 2013.
Silva rushed for 171 yards and a pair of TDs on 10 carries, James Taitt rushed for a TD, Winfrey had a sack and Ray added a 37-yard interception return for a TD in a 28-0 win over Longwood in the Suffolk I semifinals.