Jackolski wins Hansen Award
Call him the 60 percent solution. Imagine, one of the rare unanimous choices for the Carl A. Hansen Award, given to Suffolk's most outstanding football player, and he only played 60 percent of the time.
If Floyd coach Paul Longo was greedy, senior captain Brock Jackolski could have left Suffolk and Long Island with a bunch of individual records. But instead, Jackolski's legacy was that he was the leader of a Floyd team that won an unprecedented three consecutive Long Island Class I football championships. He was also the key element in a Long Island-record 33-game winning streak.
Imagine that, Jackolski spent an entire high school career without a loss. He also gave new meaning to the word versatility. Ask him to do anything on the field and he did it.
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For his accomplishments, Jackolski was named the 48th recipient of the Hansen Award last night at the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association dinner at the Hyatt Wind Watch in Hauppauge. The other finalists were East Islip quarterback Rob Calabrese and St. Anthony's quarterback James Brady.
"There will never be another one quite like him," Longo said. "He's been an incredible player and an even better person. I never wanted to see him leave. He was a complete pleasure to have in the program. His impact is so far-reaching in the district for the younger kids because he was such a beautiful role model."
Jackolski was the ultimate team player.
You want him to run? He fueled a three-year win streak with 3,601 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns. You want him to catch the ball? He caught 54 passes for 890 yards and eight scores. You want him to score? No problem, he totaled 66 career touchdowns.
And he's certainly not one-dimensional. You want him to play some defense? He returned two interceptions for touchdowns this season and had eight career picks. He also had 236 tackles, including 10 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries, while moving from cornerback to strong safety to linebacker. Want more?
You want a special-teams player? Why not Brock? He had a 76-yard punt return for a score against Patchogue-Medford and took the second-half kickoff back 97 yards for a touchdown against Connetquot. He also boomed an incredible 87-yard punt against Connetquot. Heck, Jackolski would have driven the bus to road games, but no one asked.
It's been a month and Connetquot coach Mike Hansen still can't get over the sight of that 87-yard punt. "We thought we had them pinned," he said. "And then he punts one that sails over our heads and down to the 6-yard line. And now we're pinned. Just unbelievable."
And how about this: Jackolski is only 17 years old, a full year younger than most seniors and almost two years younger than some seniors.
"He started school when he was 5 because he was ready," said his mother, Eugenia. "People were telling me that I should hold him back. But he needed the challenge."
Jackolski separated himself from his peers quite early. When he was in the fifth grade playing flag football, Longo told his mother that someday he thought Brock was going to win the Hansen Award.
Seven years later, Longo's observation proved to be prophetic.
"I ran flag football in the gym after school," Longo laughed. "Brock was stopping and going and faking guys out. It was wild. It was like nothing I'd seen."
The 5-10, 185-pound Jackolski punctuated his career with a senior year that included 1,381 yards rushing on 129 carries and 31 touchdowns. He ran a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the UConn camp. His impressive bench press is 225 pounds for 15 reps.
"He has tremendous balance and his vision is unreal," Longo said. "He's very good at catching the ball out of the backfield and a very aggressive, very powerful kid."
Jackolski scored a record 10 touchdowns in three LIC appearances. He verbally committed to play at Hofstra in the fall.
"I left coaching at Bayport to be with him back in 2003," his father Robert said. "I didn't want to miss a step. I'm his coach on the field and in the film room, but when we get in the car, I'm his father. And I am so proud of him."
Connetquot coach Mike Hansen:
"Brock has unbelievable athletic ability. And his speed put him on another level. His career numbers are deceiving. He rarely played in the second half of games. Those numbers projected would shatter every Long Island record."
Lindenhurst coach Rich Biancaniello:
"One of the quickest athletes and some of the best moves I've ever seen. He was so versatile and hard to contain. You couldn't even play tag with him in a phone booth."
Sachem North coach Dave Falco:
"Brock impacts every part of the game. He impacts your game plan for special teams, offense and defense. He has the whole package. He's tough and he handles himself in the right way - very respectful. Brock is about his team and not himself, and that's a reflection of his parents and his coaching staff."
Patchogue-Medford coach James Chiarello:
"He's so electric. He has those freaky moves that just leaves people in awe. It's a nightmare trying to prepare for him."
Brentwood coach Steve Perretta:
"He was so quick and explosive. He was so intimidating on defense and we had such a hard time throwing the ball because he was always there."
Sachem East coach Brian Harvey:
"He's a dynamic player. Brock is very difficult to defend because he's so elusive and has so much speed. And the films don't do him justice."
Whitman coach Lou Voltaggio:
"Brock is by far the best all-around football player to come along in a very, very long time. He's one of the main reasons why Floyd is considered a top team in the country. He's also a gentleman and just a great person. "
Longwood coach Chris Meyer:
"He won the Hansen Award in one half of play against us. He had an interception for a touchdown, stripped one of our guys on a play that we thought was a sure touchdown and recovered the fumble after the strip."
Farmingdale coach Buddy Krumenacker:
"Oh boy, can he move or what? Speed is something that will always separate players. And this kid also has those moves that just make people miss."
Rushing yards: 3,703
Rushing average: 11.3
Receiving yards: 890
Receiving average: 16.5
COMPILED BY ANDY SLAWSON