The Huntington football team is ready to bring Blue Devil fans to their feet. (Darin Reed photo.)

Blue Devil Varsity Football Ready to Take the Field

The Huntington football team is ready to bring Blue Devil fans to their feet. (Darin Reed photo.)

September 9, 2019

The Huntington High School varsity football team will take the field for its 96th season opener on Saturday at Blue Devil Stadium against West Islip at 2 p.m.

One of the top programs in Suffolk, West Islip edged Huntington in the final regular season game last fall, 37-35. Since then the Blue Devils have regrouped and fixed their eyes on making a run for a post-season berth.

Head coach Steve Muller heads into his 24th year leading the Blue Devils with a staff that includes varsity assistants Todd Jamison and Kevin Graham. “We are excited to start playing games,” Muller said. “We’ll give every opponent everything we have.”

Huntington's offense is under new management with junior Torin Bograd doing the signal-calling at quarterback. He will be complimented by a very fast, elusive trio of running backs in senior Lex Colato, junior Nasir Youngblood and sophomore Josiah Melendez.

Huntington returns a very experienced offensive line with senior Gary Barash at center, senior guards Aidan Mrotzek and Tazadon Smith and junior tackles Nick Tudisco and Kyle Green.

Playmakers at receiver positions include seniors Jaylen Bush, Jon Koumas and Aedan McDonald, junior Chad Rowe and sophomore Tyriek Mays-McKoy.

Huntington’s defense will do it’s best to stop runs and disrupt offenses with the aggressive play of a mixture of tough linebackers Koumas, Colato, Rowe, Mays-McKoy, senior Vinny Caravetto and sophomore Robbie Smith, who also will see time in the offensive backfield. McDonald is another hard-hitter on defense, who can be a game changer at safety.

Huntington hasn’t defeated West Islip since 1997 when the Blue Devils toppled the Lions, 20-7. West Islip has bested Huntington five straight times by scores of 37-35 (2018), 20-17 (2017), 28-7 (2016), 22-21 (2015) and 21-8 (1998).

A big crowd is expected at Blue Devil Stadium on Saturday for the game. The Huntington Booster Club will be selling refreshments from the fieldhouse.

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Muller comes into the season with a career mark of 127-87 for a .593 winning percentage. He passed Joe Lucey (125-95-9 .566 in 27 seasons) last fall to become the winningest Huntington varsity football coach ever.

Huntington first fielded a football team in 1895, but the squad was not officially sponsored by the high school and it contained many players from the town, but not the school. Following a catastrophic injury to a player in 1901, the sport was put on hold until 1924 when it was officially sanctioned by the high school.

Huntington played its games at Heckscher Park through the 1958 season. The program has only had nine head coaches in its 96 year history. The group includes Alton R. Stevens, Ross Scott, William Class, Frank Kubisa, Al Donofrio, Joe Lucey, John P. Paci, Jr. Ron Wilson and Steve Muller. The program’s all-time record is 420-309-30, a .573 winning percentage.

All-Long Island Football Players from Huntington

Year Name Grade Ht Wt Position Team
1965 Tony Fusaro 12 6'2 235 T
1970 Tom Cisternino 12 6'1 200 G
1978 Mark Paar 12 6'2 165 DB
1979 Todd Jamison 12 5'10 185 QB
1983 Sean Cooper 12 6' 183 WR
1987 Derek McCord 12 6'4 200 QB
1987 Darren Ward 12 6-2 180 RB
1989 John P. Paci III 12 6'4 198 QB
1997 Dawid Rechul 12 6'2 220 OL
1999 Paul Thomson 12 6'6 290 OL
1999 Curtis Williams 12 6'3 185 DB
2001 Stephon Sair 12 5'11 170 S
2003 Pierre Delva 12 6'1 215 LB
2003 Jovan Hairston 12 5'11 280 DL 2nd Team
2005 Zach Howell 11 6' 170 QB 2nd Team
2005 Dominick Sair 12 6' 235 RB 2nd Team
2006 Rhamel Bratton 12 6'2 180 WR
2006 Shamel Bratton 12 6'2 180 WR
2006 Zach Howell 12 6' 175 QB
2013 Ben Kocis 12 6'2 190 QB 2nd Team
2013 Troy Greene 12 6'1 190 All-Purp 2nd Team
2013 Levar Butts 12 5'8 195 LB 2nd Team
2018 John Paci IV 12 6'1 180 QB 2nd Team
NOTE: Zach Howell (QB/DB) was the Division III regular season MVP in both 2005 and 2006.
Huntington junior Chad Rowe is one of the Blue Devils' top players.
Huntington junior Chad Rowe is one of the Blue Devils' top players.
Steve Muller is Huntington's winningest football coach.
Steve Muller is Huntington's winningest football coach.