Glenn football coach Dave Shanahan called it the "perfect storm" - in a really good way.
Shanahan - whose team earned the Rutgers Trophy last night as the most outstanding in Suffolk County - was referring to the way the Knights swept through the playoffs, beating Seaford, 28-7, for the Long Island Class IV title. Glenn (12-0) was the lone undefeated public school in Suffolk. "It all worked out in our favor, quite honestly," he said. "We had a great season and the players were rewarded for their dedication and hard work."
Glenn totaled 124 points and had 42 first-place votes in claiming its second Rutgers Trophy at the Suffolk Football Coaches Association dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge. Bellport got 74 points and two first-place votes. Glenn also won the Rutgers Trophy as Suffolk's only unbeaten team in 1979. It was Glenn's first unbeaten season since 1981 and seventh overall.
"I'm proud to honor Dave Shanahan and his assistant Fred Fusaro with the Rutgers Trophy," said Mike Botti, a former Sachem standout and the presenter of the award. "They had a tremendous season and it's well-deserved."
Shanahan credited the addition of Fusaro, his coach at Sachem, as the final piece to the puzzle. He said, "We share in this honor with all the people who helped make our program successful. Our players have had excellent support from our community and their families. I'm very proud of the young men we've become and the way we carry ourselves. The winning takes care of itself when you do all of the little things right.''