East Meadow wins Rutgers Cup

East Meadow running back Robbie Healy (12) with East Meadow running back Robbie Healy (12) with the run to the right side in the first half. (Nov. 27, 2011) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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East Meadow, which set a Nassau record for points in a season with 544, was awarded the 2011 Rutgers Cup for the second time in school history Wednesday night and the first time under coach Vinny Mascia.

The Jets finished 10-2 and participated in two memorable playoff games. They dethroned 2010 Rutgers Cup winner Freeport, 34-33, in the Nassau I championship game.

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In that thriller, Thorp Award winner Robbie Healy scored three touchdowns, two on long pass receptions, and helped break up a pass in the end zone in the closing minutes to preserve the victory.

East Meadow lost to Floyd, 54-47, in a thrill-a-minute Long Island Class I title game, despite more than 250 yards of total offense from Healy, including two touchdowns and 171 yards rushing. But the Jets couldn't quite overcome a 412-yard, four-touchdown performance by Floyd running back Stacey Bedell.

Healy, who rushed for 1,790 yards in 2011, set a Nassau single-season record with 38 touchdowns (27 rushing, 9 receiving, 2 on returns), breaking the old mark of 35 set by Kevin Allen of Freeport in 2009. He also set a single-season scoring record with 238 points as the Jets averaged 45.3 points per game. The offense also featured quarterback Dylan Curry and running back Billy Andrle.

East Meadow reached its second Long Island championship by blasting Uniondale, 65-26, and Massapequa, 55-21, before holding off Freeport. The Jets set the county all-time single-season scoring record in the LIC, erasing the mark of 511 set last year by Freeport.

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