Written by Vinny Messana, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
The Massapequa varsity football team began its 2013 season, September 12 against Freeport. Despite Freeport’s poor record last season, the Chiefs prepared for Freeport the same as any other team.
“They have something to prove this year,” said Massapequa head coach Kevin Shippos in regards to Freeport. “We’re not taking them lightly.”
Massapequa received a pre-season ranking of No. 1 in the Nassau I Conference. They finished last season with a record of 6-4 and had their season cut short in a semifinal loss to Farmingdale by the score of 12-9.
Shippos said pre-season rankings are meaningless in the long run, as in-game performance is what brings wins and championships.
“Being No. 1 on paper doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “The conference is extremely tough.”
Massapequa runs a high-octane offense which will be led by Jack Korber, a senior running back and three-year starter that received 2nd team All-Long Island honors last season. He was extremely effective at finding the end zone last season and the team will rely heavily on him once again.
The quarterback will be senior Matt Caracappa, who was able to see a bit of playing time last season behind Paul Bentz.
“It’s not like he’s raw, he was able to get some action last year,” Shippos said.
Caracappa’s main target figures to be All-County wide receiver Nick Balzano, who is also a three-year starter.
The linebacker position will be the strength on defense, according to Shippos. They will be relying on junior Paul Dilena who was a starter last year, as well as Craig Bergue who was an honorable mention for All-County.
Shippos will have his team ready to knock off Farmingdale from the top of the conference. The high quality of opponents comes with the territory in playing in Nassau’s most demanding conference.
“We like to play good competition,” said Shippos, who is entering his third year as head coach and ninth with the program.