Fittingly, the man whose name is on the award given to Suffolk’s outstanding quarterback was in the stands to watch this year’s winner put on a show against his alma mater.
Former East Islip star Boomer Esiason attended the game between Sayville and host East Islip on Oct. 17 and saw Jack Coan run for 309 yards and throw for 140 in the Golden Flashes’ 49-17 victory. “He played like a Division I quarterback,” Sayville coach Rob Hoss said that day.
In winning the Boomer Esiason Award for the second year in a row, Coan, a junior, passed for 2,499 yards and 36 touchdowns and ran for 1,275 yards and 17 TDs and led the Golden Flashes to this year’s Long Island Class III championship game. He punctuated a 12-0 season with a record-setting performance in the LIC, rushing for 227 yards and three touchdowns and passing for 294 and two more.
No wonder he already has seven major Division I scholarship offers, with many more expected. The recruiting will intensify leading up to his decision, which is expected next fall. Colleges are enchanted by his dual-threat capabilities.
“His ability to run made him so much better this year,” said Harborfields coach Mike Potter, whose team gave Sayville its toughest game (Coan had to deliver a late fourth-quarter TD pass to provide a 21-14 victory). “But when he has to put the ball where it needs to be, there’s no one better. The post pattern he threw to beat us was on a rope. I’ve never seen a ball go that fast. It was a laser beam.”
For his career, Coan has 7,925 yards passing and 97 touchdown passes — 99 yards and three TD passes short of the Long Island records set by Joe Capobianco of Lawrence in 2013. Wait ’til next year!