For the second time in the last three years and 11th time in history, Freeport won the Rutgers Cup as the most outstanding high school football team in Nassau County.
The Red Devils finished 11-1 and defeated Floyd, 62-35, to win the Long Island Class I championship at Hofstra last Friday. It is the fifth Rutgers Cup for coach Russ Cellan, who completed his 25th season at Freeport.
In a close, two-team race, Freeport received 129 votes and Lynbrook, the Long Island Class III champion, got 120, the only two teams to receive votes. The award, presented annually since 1937, was determined by a vote of Nassau coaches taken before last night's 45th Gridiron Banquet at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
Freeport's victory over Floyd was the highest-scoring game in the history of the Long Island championships, which began in 1992. The previous mark of 74 total points was set last year when Half Hollow Hills West beat Lawrence, 42-32, in Class III. The Red Devils also broke Sayville's record of 55 points in a game, set in the Golden Flashes' Long Island Championship victory over Wantagh in 2004.
As has been the case since 2003, Freeport used a potent spread offense that featured quarterback Isaiah Barnes, running backs Dan Olivier and Maurice Irby and big-play receivers Jeff Williams, Evan Lapice and Jere Brown.
Barnes lit up the Long Island championships with a record-breaking performance. The junior ran for a record-breaking six touchdowns, gained 206 yards rushing and added 125 yards passing, including one scoring pass.
In winning its second straight Long Island Championship and fourth overall, Freeport set a Long Island record with 511 points for the season, an average of 42.6 per game.