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Thorp Award watch
I hate to sound like a broken record every week.
But as the weeks progress, Oceanside quarterback Tyler Heuer only burnishes his reputation as the best football player in Nassau County. This week his victim was Farmingdale, and Heuer had to work his magic in come-from-behind fashion.
The Sailors trailed 14-0 in the first quarter, but who stopped the bleeding? Heuer, with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Phil Ragona. And once the train got rolling, there was no stopping it, as Oceanside put up 28 unanswered points in the second half of a 41-17 victory on Friday night.
Heuer (pictured) had three TD passes and two TD runs, giving him 25 for the season (18 passing, seven rushing). On the season, he is 73-for-114 passing (64 percent completion percentage) with 1,149 yards and only two interceptions (I witnessed both in a 41-14 Week 2 win over Syosset). He also has 339 rushing yards on 41 attempts (8.26 yards per carry).
Of course Heuer isn't the only candidate for the Thorp Award. After all, that's why we do this list. And we're only coming up on Week 6, so there's plenty of time for movement. But right now, everyone would have to admit that it's Heuer's award to lose.
Here are the rest of the top candidates after five weeks of play (players are listed in alphabetical order)...
(To see Bob Herzog's Hansen Award watch, click here.)
Justin Buckley, Seaford: It must be nice when your "off" game is 115 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings senior running back had a season-low in rushing yards, but only ran the ball 16 times because his team had a 20-0 halftime lead in what became a 41-13 win over North Shore on Saturday. Buckley leads Nassau County with 782 rushing yards to go along with 10 touchdowns.
Donte Colter, Roosevelt: "The Monster" had a monster game in the Rough Riders' 36-24 win over East Rockaway on Saturday with a season-high 243 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries. The senior tailback has rushed for 770 yards and 13 touchdowns on only 88 carries this season (8.75 per attempt). He's also caught two passes for 21 yards and kicked two PATs. Here are some highlights of Colter on Saturday, courtesy of MSG Varsity — his 1-yard TD run, his 50-yard TD run, his 60-yard TD run, and oh yeah, a second 50-yard TD run.
Gene Garay, Oceanside: Heuer's favorite target went over 100 yards receiving for the third straight game with seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in the 41-17 win over Farmingdale. On the season, the Sailors senior wideout has 27 catches for 498 yards and six touchdowns. All three categories are tops on the Island. He also has seven rushes for 53 yards and an interception on defense.
Tyler Heuer, Oceanside: We've talked quite a bit about this guy already. But let's give his numbers from Friday night — 21-for-32 for 259 yards and three touchdowns passing, and 48 yards and two touchdowns on eight rushes. He's had a hand in 25 of Oceanside's 30 touchdowns through five games, and shows no signs of slowing up. The only question is how many passing records he'll break this year. To see highlights of Heuer and Garay from Friday, click here.
Alex Kahn, Hewlett: The Bulldogs' undefeated season may be history, but their senior quarterback was brilliant in defeat, going 19-for-30 for 244 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception. On the season, he's thrown for eight touchdowns and rushed for another three. To see highlights of him from Friday, click here.
Paul Magloire, Lynbrook: The Owls senior QB one-upper his Hewlett counterpart, passing and running his team to a 45-30 win on Saturday night. He was 8-for-16 for 92 yards passing with two touchdowns and a PAT, and carried the ball 17 times for 65 yards and another two PATs. On the season, he is 25-for-43 (58.1 percent) for 328 yards and five touchdowns with no INTs, and has rushed for 504 yards and two scores on 52 carries for the undefeated Owls. His highlights can also be seen here.
Dan Olivier, Freeport: The Red Devils running back rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries as Freeport cruised to a 41-7 win at Syosset on Saturday. He also caught a pass for a 5-yard TD reception, made five tackles and recovered a fumble. He has scored 10 touchdowns this year (seven rushing, three receiving).
Jaquan Smith, Elmont: After two tremendous games, the stifling Garden City defense held the Spartans senior tailback in check to the tune of 34 yards on 17 carries in a 42-0 blowout. This was his first game of the season without a touchdown, leaving him with 11 in five games.
Kevin Wahl, Farmingdale: The Dalers senior RB was one of the bright spots in an otherwise dismal Friday night in Oceanside. He opened the scoring on a 1-yard TD run and then increased Farmingdale's lead to 14-0 with a 29-yard reception from Sal Tuttle. It was Wahl's 11th touchdown of the season (eight rushing, three receiving). To see highlights of the game, click here.
Kyle Zahradka, Carey: The Seahawks signal-caller struggled a bit passing the ball in a 30-0 win over Wantagh on Saturday afternoon, throwing two INTs while completing 4-of-7 passes for 59 yards. But he made up for it with his feet, rushing for 79 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. He has 11 TDs on the season (eight passing, three rushing). To see highlights of the game, click here.
Honorable mention: Isaiah Barnes, Freeport; Juliano Bove, Carey; Ralph Caccavale, Plainedge; Ryan Fredericks, Lawrence; Stephen Jahelka, Garden City; Ronell Jones, Floral Park; Mike Kozlakowski, Lynbrook; Chris Laviano, Holy Trinity; Travis Lock, Lynbrook; William Stanback, Uniondale; Niv Sultan, Hewlett, Sal Tuttle, Farmingdale; Kevin Wahl, Farmingdale, Brian Wint, Sewanhaka, Rob Zorn, Carey.
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