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It is like 1978 all over again at Carey High School. At least it feels that way for the football team who is having their first undefeated season since that year. After beating Westbury in the County quarterfinals, the Seahawks are 9 and 0 in Conference Two.
"We have a great group of kids on the team this year," said Head Coach Mike Stanley. "We have a lot of senior leadership and it has really helped us maintain our focus week in and week out."
One of those seniors is Quarterback Kyle Zahradka who set the school’s single season touchdown and passing yards record this year. "He has been terrific all year long for us," said Stanley. "He has been a threat both running and throwing the ball." Zahradka has thrown for fourteen touchdowns so far.
Zahradka is one of six co-captains on the team. His twin brother Drew who plays center and defensive end also serves as co-captain. So does wide receiver Guiliano Bove, Jake Robison, Jon Fineo and Rob Miotto.
The Seahawks have been unchallenged in the majority of games this season scoring over 30 points in eight of them. They also held their opponents to under twenty points per game. Their biggest contest came against the Garden City Trojans on September 25th. The Trojans, who have been one of the dominant teams in Conference Two for decades found themselves in a tight battle with the Seahawks. They kept it close for awhile but Carey was able to open up the game in the second half, beating the Trojans 26-14 and ending their fourteen game conference winning streak.
"Since I started coaching at Carey four years ago Garden City has always been one of our tougher opponents," said Stanley. "We have steadily improved against them each year though." The two teams look to be on a collision course into the playoff finals.
The Seahawks have been balanced all season on both sides of the ball. Running back Rob Zorn has given opposing defenses fits, battering and weaving his way up the middle all season long. Guiliano Bove has been extremely versatile for the Seahawks playing multiple positions. He has piled up the yards as a wide receiver and running back and on occasion as a Wildcat quarterback. "He has been one of most productive players on the offensive side of the field," said Stanley.
Defensive players Mike Locicero, Tom Opitz and James Pangallo have forced multiple turnovers against opposing offenses. Miotto and Zorn have batted down and intercepted balls when playing at the safety position.
"We have been playing great defense all year," said Stanley. "We crowd the box on offenses to snuff out their running game and have played one or two safeties back to take advantage of an opposing offenses passing game."
Since early August, the Carey football team has made it their goal to win the Long Island Championship. "We knew coming in this year we were going to have a very good team that could compete with anybody," said Stanley. "Obviously our long term goal has been to reach and win the LI Championship."
But it has been the team’s short term goals that have put them in that position. "From the start of the season and during all of our practices the kids have kept their focus and never wavered. They knew that it would be a year-round commitment with the strength and conditioning and staying in shape and they have bought into that philosophy.  They have made a lot of sacrifices for this team and that has been one of the reasons we have been so successful this year."


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