Carey honored with Rutgers Cup as Nassau's best team

Carey teammates celebrate after their 20-6 win over Carey teammates celebrate after their 20-6 win over Riverhead. (Nov. 29, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

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The perfect season ended with one more victory. Carey rode its 12-0 record and first Long Island Class II Championship to the Rutgers Cup award as the most outstanding football team in Nassau County.

Carey received 142 points and 46 first-place votes from coaches in earning its second Rutgers Cup. (A vote for first equaled three points, with second worth two and third one.)

The Seahawks also won the award in 1974. Farmingdale (11-1), the Conference I champ, had 63 points and the other two first-place votes. Lawrence (11-1), the Long Island Class III champion and last year's Rutgers Cup winner, received 55 points, and Conference IV champ Roosevelt had 28 points.

The award was announced Wednesday night at the Nassau County Football Coaches Association dinner in Woodbury.

"It was a special season,'' Carey coach Mike Stanley said. "One thing that made it special was the players and their approach. We had a lot of guys that if they were selfish kids, they could've pouted because this kid could've wanted more carries; that kid could've wanted more catches. We had enough guys that if they weren't selfless, it could've been an issue.''

Instead, the Seahawks were a model of versatility and dominance. They scored 38 points per game, led by Thorp Award-winning quarterback Ray Catapano and a bevy of outstanding running backs and receivers, and a defense led by Conor Colasurdo and Andrew Ris that allowed 5.3 points a game.

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Carey ended a streak of six playoff defeats to Garden City by ousting the Trojans, 20-16, in the Conference II championship game to reach the LIC for the first time. The Seahawks then scored all of their points in the second quarter and defeated Riverhead, 20-6, in the Long Island Championship at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.

"The leadership, the selfless attitude, being humble and hungry every week no matter what happened the previous Saturday,'' is how Stanley characterized his team. "We had a talented group of football players but they were even better people. And that's saying something if you saw us play.''

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