Colin Hart dreaded the final whistle.
The Garden City senior quarterback knew, as soon as that whistle blew and the Trojans captured their third straight Long Island Class II title, his football career would be over, and he wasn’t looking forward to it. Hart has relished his time on the gridiron, becoming a threat with his arm and feet while leading Garden City on its 36-game win streak.
Hart loves to win and while he won’t win any more football games, he did earn one more honor as he was named the recipient of the Snyder Award, presented to the top quarterback in Nassau, at the Nassau County Football Coaches Association Gridiron Banquet on Wednesday night.
“We did amazing things and it was bittersweet to see it end,” Hart said. “But what a way to go out.”
Hart embraced his leadership role, but this season, he said he wanted to do more. He spent hours watching film, studying every opponent and directing Garden City’s potent offense during games.
“I knew what everyone was doing every time we lined up,” said Hart, who helped the Trojans average 37 points per game. “We run a lot of plays, so it’s about getting a handle on the offense.”
Hart did more than learn the plays. He executed them to near perfection, throwing for 1,166 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushing for 450 yards and eight touchdowns.
“He surprised a lot of people,” coach Dave Ettinger said. “He’s one of the most competitive kids I’ve ever been around.”
Hart, who will play lacrosse at Brown next year, was sad to hang up his pads after the Trojans’ 19-0 victory over Lindenhurst in the LIC, but said playing football changed his life. He thrived on competition, appreciated every hit and is certain he’ll remember the Garden City playbook for years.
“It’s been one of the greatest things in my life,” Hart said. “Never losing, playing with my friends. I can’t think of a better way to play.”