08/28/14 3:00pm
08/28/2014 3:00 PM
Reggie Archer, a fourth-year varsity player for McGann-Mercy who lives in Riverhead, will be the featured back for the Monarchs this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Reggie Archer, a fourth-year varsity player for McGann-Mercy who lives in Riverhead, will be the featured back for the Monarchs this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Reggie Archer grew up playing football in PAL with Ken Simco, Troy Trent and many of the other guys who will make up the core of Riverhead’s varsity football team this season as seniors. When they reached high school, and the point where football takes on a more serious tone, their paths split.  (more…)

08/27/14 2:00pm
08/27/2014 2:00 PM
Bobby Puckey's off-season training and leadership led to his being named a team captain. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bobby Puckey’s off-season training and leadership led to his being named a team captain. (Credit: Garret Meade)

One day last week, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football coach, Matt Millheiser, took the unusual step of naming one of his team captains much earlier than usual. The honor bestowed upon senior lineman Bobby Puckey was less a reflection of how he played last season so much as his reaction to how he played.

The 2013 season wasn’t one that Puckey remembers fondly, and for good reason. (more…)

08/26/14 12:00pm
08/26/2014 12:00 PM
Miguel Maysonet carries the ball against the New York Giants in the team's preseason opener at MetLife Stadium. (Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II)

Miguel Maysonet carries the ball against the New York Giants in the team’s preseason opener at MetLife Stadium. (Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II)

Miguel Maysonet’s journey through the NFL was put on hold this morning when the Pittsburgh Steelers included him in the team’s first round of cuts with the start of the regular season just under two weeks away.  (more…)

08/22/14 6:00pm
08/22/2014 6:00 PM
Kenny Simco, a senior quarterback, has a 4-0 record as a varsity starter. Last season he completed 39 of 55 passes for 439 yards and 5 touchdowns. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Kenny Simco, a senior quarterback, has a 4-0 record as a varsity starter. Last season he completed 39 of 55 passes for 439 yards and 5 touchdowns. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Just because two football players are friends doesn’t mean that they can’t be competitors, and just because they are competitors doesn’t mean that they can’t be friends.

That’s the nature of the game. That’s the situation Kenny Simco and Sharron Trent find themselves in. The Riverhead Blue Waves have an old-fashioned quarterback controversy, featuring both of them. (more…)

08/21/14 4:00pm
08/21/2014 4:00 PM
Raheem Brown gives a teammate a lift during practice. Coach Leif Shay said the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Brown is, pound for pound, one of the strongest players he has ever coached.

Raheem Brown gives a teammate a lift during practice. Coach Leif Shay said the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Brown is, pound for pound, one of the strongest players he has ever coached.

When a high school football team loses a couple of dozen players, like Riverhead has, it’s comforting for a coach to know he has some returning players to count on. That’s what Leif Shay has in Raheem Brown and Ethan Greenidge.

“It’s great to have those building blocks,” Shay said. “You build foundations, and then those guys are solid, you know you can rely on them, and hopefully you put the pieces around them.” (more…)

08/20/14 10:29am
08/20/2014 10:29 AM
The McGann-Mercy football team practices Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The McGann-Mercy football team practices Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Across Suffolk County on Monday morning, on the first day of practices for the high school football season, teams set out for the grueling start of two-a-days.

At Bishop McGann-Mercy, the official start of the season was met with patience. (more…)

08/18/14 10:01pm
08/18/2014 10:01 PM
Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser will likely feature passing in his game plan this season. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser will likely feature passing in his game plan this season. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The task that lies before the Shoreham-Wading River High School football team is a daunting one. Just how do the Wildcats follow up their act from last season?

Last season was possibly the best the Wildcats ever had. They defeated Mount Sinai for the first time in their history. They played their first home playoff game. They picked up their first playoff win. They advanced to the Suffolk County Division IV semifinals for the first time. And when it was over, they could hold their heads high as the proud holders of a 7-3 record.

Matching that record of achievement will not be easy, especially when the Wildcats no longer have their star running back, Tyler Anderson, who graduated. What the Wildcats do have, however, should not be overlooked. They have a strong arm and a fine pair of hands. (more…)

08/18/14 3:53pm
Riverhead players take part in a get-up drill during the team's first preseason practice on Monday morning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Riverhead players take part in a get-up drill during the team’s first preseason practice on Monday morning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The Riverhead High School football team seems to have a newfound interest in jewelry, and that’s not just because Raheem Brown complimented a reporter on his gold necklace after the team’s first preseason practice on Monday morning.

No, it goes beyond that. What the Blue Waves are particularly interested in are rings — as in championship rings. (more…)