Ask any of his Central Islip coaches, and they will tell you the most enjoyable part about working with Livingstone Harriott isn’t his explosive athletic ability or his natural intelligence. It’s the combination of the two.
“He’s one of the smartest kids you’ll meet,” Central Islip coach Rob Gadsden said, “And then you add the type of athlete he is to the equation? It’s incredible.”
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Harriott, this year’s winner of the LaBue Award for excellence in academics and athletics, has a 3.89 GPA, Gadsden said. He signed his national letter of intent to Brown University.Past LaBue Award winners
“He has a great family,” Gadsden said, “and is extremely self-motivated.”
On the field, Harriott, a quarterback and safety, was a dynamic playmaker. His 13-yard rushing TD in overtime gave Central Islip a 20-17 win over Sachem East on Oct. 24.
Khalil Owens was impossible to contain in leading Longwood to a 47-28 win over Farmingdale in the Long Island Class I title game, running for 271 yards and three TDs. Owens, the recipient of this year’s Cipp Award, finished in the top 10 on Long Island in total TDs (22) and rushing yards (1,724).
Newfield’s Jelani Greene, winner of the National Football Foundation Award, was a nonstop highlight reel this season, pulling down 38 receptions for 693 yards. He had 14 total touchdowns. In Newfield’s 41-33 win over MacArthur in the Long Island Class II title game, the wide receiver grabbed five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Northport running back/safety Dan Preston persevered in the face of great adversity this season, exemplifying what it means to be a role model. For his unwavering spirit, he is this year’s recipient of the 12th Man Award.