Facing a relative logjam in the backfield, Floyd’s Jordan Clinton switched to wide receiver before his junior year. It was a position he always wanted to play and, after an outstanding senior year, Clinton was recognized as the best in Suffolk County.
Clinton won the National Football Foundation Receiver Award, given to the most outstanding receiver in Suffolk, at the Suffolk County High School Football Coaches Association banquet at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge on Monday night.
Clinton caught 23 passes for 460 yards and eight touchdowns for Floyd, which was unbeaten in the regular season before losing to Freeport in the Long Island Class I championship game.
Clinton said he was faster, stronger and a better route-runner in his second full season at the position.
“I just wanted to be a team player,” he said. “If I wasn’t taking the ball, I would make a good block . . . I’m not a selfish player. So if Nick Silva had to run the ball, he could run the ball. The ball didn’t have to just come to me.”
Eastport-South Manor’s Anthony Gambino and Glenn’s Daysean Johnson were finalists.
Half Hollow Hills West’s Justin Brown won the Joe Cipp Jr. Award, presented to the most outstanding running back. Brown rushed for 1,365 yards and scored 17 TDs.
Brown, who was a key cog in the Colts’ Long Island championship formula, credited his scout team for his success. Scout teams mimic the opponent’s defense in practice. “The plays that we ran [in practice], I saw the same hole at the same time during the game,” he said. “It helped me vision-wise.”
Central Islip’s Tylique Walker and Floyd’s Silva were finalists.
Ward Melville’s JJ Laap received the Tom Cassese Award, given to the most outstanding defensive back. Connetquot’s Cole Bunicci and Center Moriches’ David Carroll were finalists.
Whitman lineman Christian Viteri won the Thomas Cutinella Leadership Award. Southampton’s quarterback/defensive back Shawn Stelling won the 12th Man Award.