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Eastport-South Manor Jr/SR High School fielded its first varsity football team in the Fall of 2004 under Head Coach Don Nelson. Coach Nelson came to ESM after coaching in the highly successful Bellport football program. Coach Nelson coached the 2003 ESM JV team to a 8-0 record competing in Division 4. The community and school was excited to field it's first ever varsity football team. Although that first varsity team lacked experience, they played with heart and desire in spite of their 0-8 record in Division 3. The 2004 team set the foundation for all future ESM Shark football teams with their enthusiasm and Shark pride. Program record (0-8).

The 2005 team came back with more experience and posted a 2-7 record, going 1-7 in Division 3. The program's first varsity win came at home in week 1 against Smithtown East, a hard fought 15-14 win. A late 27 yeard field goal sealed the win for the Sharks. The team finished the season on a positive note with a 48-0, non-league win at home against Division 4 Wyandanch. Program record (2-15).

The 2006 team was undersized and undermanned with only 23 players on the varsity. The team played hard dispite posting an 0-8 record. They did win the Suffolk County Officials Sportsmanship Award and Scholar Athlete Team Award. Program record (2-23).

The 2007 Sharks started with high hopes, but finished the season with a 1-7 division record. The highlight of the season was an exciting 19-12 victory at Hauppauge in front of Homecoming Day Eagle fans. The Sharks and their fans enjoyed the post game fireworks show at Hauppauge HS. The 2007 team was also named a scholar athlete team. This season marked the end of Coach Nelson's tenure as Head Coach at ESM. Program record (3-30).

In 2008, the administration hired a new Head Football Coach, Brian Sacks who came to ESM from Stuyvesant HS in New York City. The 2008 season was a learning experience for both the players and the new coaching staff. A new Spread offense was installed as well as new 3-5-3 Odd Stack defensive scheme. Coach Sacks was hired late in the spring so the team was behind in its off season preparation. The Sharks finished with an disappointing 0-9 record. With only four senior starters, lots of underclassmen received valuable varsity game experience. A strong returning junior class give the 2009 Sharks a reason for optimism. The team was named a 2008 Scholar Athlete team. Program record (3-39).

The 2009 team returned with 14 seniors and many experienced returning starters who spent the off season weight and speed training. With a new turf field and Friday night lights at their football stadium, the Sharks were looking to change the fortunes of the ESM football program. The season started with a heartbreaking last minute loss at East Hampton. The team rebounded to finish with a 5-3 regular season record and a perfect 4-0 record at home. Wins against Huntington, Miller Place, Deer Park, Comsewogue, and Harborfields qualified the team for the Division 3 Playoffs for the first time in school history. The Sharks lost to eventual Suffolk County and Long Island Champion Half Hollow Hills West in the first round Quarter Final playoff game. Overall the season was a success and had many first time accomplishments. The Sharks set program records for most wins, most points scored, least points allowed, most yardage gained and least yardage allowed. In addition, team and individual records were set for rushing yards, pass completions, pass catches and pass receiving yards, tackles, sacks and interceptions. This 2009 Shark team can look back and be remembered as the team that helped elevate the expectations of ESM Sharks Football. Program record (8-43).

The 2010 Sharks started the season with a lot of enthusiasm and were looking forward to to making another run at the playoffs. The season started with an exciting come from behind  home win against local rival Westhampton Beach. A tough loss to eventual Division 3 Champion Sayville and a Homecoming win against Harborfields had the Sharks right in the playoff hunt. Unfortunately there were a couple of season ending injuries to key players that would negatively impact the Sharks on both sides of the ball. The Sharks continued to play hard behind the play of several seniors who had outstanding seasons. This team set team records in TD passes caught and receiving yards but were unable to earn a win in their last 5 games. The Sharks finished the season with a disappointing 2-6 record. Coach Sacks resigned as Head Coach when his district teaching position was excessed. Program record (10-49).

In 2011, the ESM administration hired Paul Mastronardi to lead the Sharks football program. Coach Mastronardi has 20 years of coaching experience and came to ESM from Southside HS in Nassau County. He brought in a experienced coaching staff and a disciplined summer camp attitude. The players had to adapt to new coaches and a ground and pound Pro Set I offensive scheme and the 4-3 and 4-4 defenses. The Sharks had wins over Rocky Point, East Hampton and Harborfields to finish with a 3-5 overall record. The Sharks were in the playoff hunt right down to their last game but unfortunately they were defeated by a strong Islip team and eliminated from playoff contention. The Sharks hope to build upon their experience this season to come back strong in 2012. Program record (13-54). 

The 2012 Sharks started the season utilizing the Navy Option style offense. They had high hopes that the option scheme would fit well with the talent they had in the backfield. After struggling with the offense and losing the first 3 games with poor offensive production, the coaching staff switched an unbalanced Power I based offensive set. The Sharks  offensive production immediately improved and their team became more competitive. The Sharks had a thrilling Homecoming win against Harborfields.  A Friday night home win against Hauppauge which was won in OT on a Halfback to QB throwback pass for a touchdown capped off their season wins. The 2012 Sharks played well at times but were prown to second half break downs which gave their opponents opportunities to win. Overall, the Sharks finished with a disapointing 2-6 record. Program record (15-60).

The 2013 Sharks started their season with high hopes after a strong off season and pre-season. Their motto going into the season was "48" which stood for "play hard for all 48 minutes, every down, every quarter, every game". They openned up with a last minute comeback win at Amityville. After losing at home against vs Islip, they ran off six straight victorys. They beat Sayville in OT at Sayville's Homecoming. Came back late to win at Hauppauge. The defeated Deer Park with a 4th quarter comeback.  They came from behind and beat Bellport in OT. The Sharks frequently fell behind early in games and had to fight and claw to comeback and win in the 4th quarter. They finished the regular season with home wins against  Kings Park and Rocky Point for a program best 7-1 regular season record. They hosted Bellport in ESM's first ever home playoff game, losing a hard fought game 14-0. The Sharks ran the ball effectively all game and had four opportunities inside Bellports 10 yard line, but came away with zero points when missed scoring opportunities came back to bite them. The 2013 Shark team displayed tremendous character all season. They never let down when the chips were down. They had six come from behind victories in the 4th quarter and two OT wins. Overall the Sharks finished with a 7-2 record. They set program records for wins, points scored, points allowed, consecutive wins and OT wins. Coach Mastronardi resigned after the season to pursue an Athletic Director position opportunity at another high school. Program record (22-62).

In 2014 Offensive Coordinator Bill Ashton was elevated to the Head Coach position. Two other assistant coaches returned on the new staff. Coach Ashton has over 25 years of coaching experience. He coached football at William Floyd, Riverhead, Bay Shore and was the Head Coach of the  Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats for 6 years. Coach Ashton brought back the Air Raid Spread Offense to ESM. The sharks started the season with two losses to top seeded Miller Place and Sayville. They earned victories against Kings Park, Comsewouge, Harborfields, and Huntington to finish the season with a respectable 4-4 record. A heartbreaking 32-31 OT loss at Westhampton Beach was avenged with a 12-7 victory @ WHB in the Quarter Final Playoffs. It was the first playoff win in program history. The Sharks fell to eventual Suffolk County Champion Sayville 29-14 in the Semi-Final playoff game. The Sharks finished with a 5-5 record. They graduated 17 seniors and return only 4 junior starters in 2015. The coaching staff believes the team can be competitive in 2015 due to a solid rising sophomore class and a strong off season work ethic and weight room attendance. Program record (27-67).







 

 

 

 

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