RUTGERS CUP

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It was a night when emotions pulled Nassau football coaches

in one direction, sensibilities tugged another and loyalties in still another.

All of which left the banquet room spinning for the final award presentation.

The Rutgers Club of Long Island awards the Rutgers Cup to Nassau's

outstanding football team. It's an honor as important as any county

championship. Each coach cast a vote at last night's Nassau Football Coaches

Association Gridiron Dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Garden City was awarded the Rutgers Cup, the Trojans' first since 1998.

Coaches found Garden City's three-year run as the Conference II champ too much

to overlook despite losing last year's Thorp Award winner Terence Hartigan.

Garden City received 19 first-place votes and totaled 98 points. Baldwin

took second with 81. Plainedge was third (73). Cold Spring Harbor, the Long

Island Class IV champ, earned 47.

"The kids have put in three hard years," Garden City coach Tom Flatley. "So

this is a beautiful thing."

Garden City (10-1) rolled through its third straight unbeaten regular

season, then lost to Suffolk champ Bellport, 8-0, in the Class II championship.

"We didn't have any award winners this year," Flatley said. "We just had a

motivated group of young men. This is a just reward for them for an outstanding

season."

Baldwin (10-1) enjoyed its finest season since 1953 and captured the

Conference I title for the first time. An entire community rallied to raise

$575,000 needed to restore sports at Plainedge once summer budget cutting

forced the elimination of all extra curricular activities. But Plainedge, which

went 10-1 to win its first county title since 1988, was also a compelling

story line.

Cold Spring Harbor (10-1) avenged a regular-season loss to Roosevelt and

won the Long Island title for the first time since 2001 in convincing fashion

over Babylon.

Baldwin enjoyed a memorable evening. Running back Ricky Manigat took home

the Thorp Award as Nassau's outstanding player and Aaron Weaver earned the

Dragon Award as the best wide receiver.

Plainedge walked out with its share of hardware. The Piner Award, given to

the best linebacker, went to Plainedge's Kurt Steubing and John Schaeffer won

the Don Snyder Award as top quarterback.

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