align="center">Whitman's DeRosa, Connetquot's Smiroldo leads Suffolk Stars over Nassau
BY GREGG SARRA | email@example.com
November 23, 2007
This was the year of the quarterback in Long Island high school football. We've never seen such a crop of able quarterbacks in one season. Some are in this weekend's Long Island Championships.
East Islip's Rob Calabrese will meet Lawrence's P.J. Preziosa for the Class II title at 4:30 p.m. today at Hofstra University. Farmingdale's Steve Probst will face Floyd's Joe Sidaras for the Class I title at Stony Brook University at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. And then there's St. Anthony's James Brady, who polished off another Catholic League championship in last week's win over Mount St. Michael's.
Those five players garnered most of the media attention this year. But there were others who had big years. And they were on full display yesterday in the Police Athletic League's senior all-star game between the schools with the largest enrollments in Nassau and Suffolk County.
Whitman's Brice DeRosa made an indelible impression on the Nassau squad. He completed 12 of 13 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns to lead Suffolk (I and II) past Nassau (I and II), 27-0, in the 32nd annual PAL all-star game before a crowd of 1,100 at Stony Brook University. It was the fourth staging of this game.
DeRosa opened the scoring with a 20-yard scoring strike to Bay Shore's Orayne McEachron with 7:41 left in the first quarter. The play capped a 10-play, 75-yard march. McEachron caught three passes for 40 yards and Whitman's speedy Mel Betts added a 15-yard run.
"This game gives the seniors an opportunity to go out one more time and play on Long Island," said Whitman's Lou Voltaggio, the Suffolk head coach. "And it gives others a chance to show the college coaches what they can do against the best senior competition."
DeRosa, who was named Suffolk's offensive MVP, added an 8-yard touchdown pass to Whitman teammate C.J. Humphries in the second quarter and closed the half with a pass to McEachron for an NFL-like 80-yard catch-and-run for a 20-0 lead.
"He's an excellent quarterback," said Lou Bonnanzio, the game coordinator. "He has touch and vision and the confidence to throw in tight spots. He put on a show."
Dwayne Stewart, who threw for 17 touchdowns this year for Copiague in Division II, also had a memorable all-star game. Stewart completed 6 of 7 passes for 87 yards and an 18-yard touchdown to Copiague teammate Jonathan Morgan in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
The Suffolk defense forced three turnovers and kept Nassau out of the end zone after two trips to the red zone. Connetquot linebacker Doug Smiroldo was named the defensive MVP after he made seven tackles and recovered a fumble.
The fumble recovery came in the fourth quarter as Nassau drove 55 yards to the Suffolk 12. Longwood linebacker Lou Scala (six tackles) knocked the ball loose and Smiroldo recovered.
"I wasn't sure if I was going to play," Smiroldo said. "But I'm glad I tried out because it was a great experience. We had two real balanced groups of linebackers."
Chris Shea started at Offensive Tackle for the All-Stars providing excellent protection for the great quarterbacks. James Tripodi started at Linebacker and made four tackles. All three players had terrific games and made the T-Bird Nation proud!
POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME
NASSAU CONFERENCE I/II 0000-0
SUFFOLK DIVISION I/II 71307-27
S - Orayne McEachron 20 pass from Brice DeRosa (Dwayne Stewart kick)
S - Humphries 8 pass from Brice DeRosa (Dwayne Stewart kick)
S - McEachron 80 pass from Brice DeRosa (kick failed)
S - Morgan 18 pass from Stewart (Dwayne Stewart kick)