This is the hard part.
It isn’t Mike Pellegrino’s fault, but injuries have severely limited his playing time the past two weeks, so he drops out of my list of top 10 Hansen Award candidates. However, I’m leaving the gritty Connetquot star on the honorable mention list because if he gets healthy, the Thunderbirds’ running back/linebacker is still capable of posting some big numbers the rest of the way.
Another difficult call I had to make was to bump someone off my top 10 list to make room for a second Sachem North player. But linebacker/running back Jesse Scanna has been so good since returning from a thumb injury that it’s tough to ignore him. And the Flaming Arrows are Newsday’s new No. 1 team in the all-sports Big 10.
Remember, even though I am on the committee that selects the Hansen Trophy winner and have one of Newsday’s votes, this list is not intended to influence other voters, and players are presented alphabetically not in order of preference.
Zog’s Top 10
Mike Andreassi, Sachem North. The senior running back/linebacker had a modest 38 yards on five carries, but wasn’t needed for much more than that in the Flaming Arrows’ 45-0 rout of Connetquot. Andreassi has 345 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Stacey Bedell, Floyd. The slippery junior running back was held to 53 yards in the mud, but contributed some big second-half runs in the Colonials’ 12-7 victory over Lindhenhurst. Bedell has 665 yards and seven touchdowns.
Calvin Bollar, Huntington. The senior running back ran for 115 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown run, and also caught two passes for 13 yards in the Blue Devils’ 24-14 victory over Miller Place. He has scored six touchdowns.
Steven Ferreira, Sayville. The junior quarterback passed for 225 yards and three more touchdowns in the Golden Flashes’ 41-26 victory over Huntington. For the season, Ferreira has 12 touchdowns in four games. On Long Island, only Tyler Heuer of Oceanside, with 15, has more.
Kevin Hutchinson, East Islip. The senior quarterback rushed 24 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns and completed three of four passes for 58 yards in the Redmen’s big 21-13 victory over Half Hollow Hills West.
Preshod McCoy, North Babylon. The senior two-way back rushed 29 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns and made six tackles in the Bulldogs’ 27-14 victory over West Babylon. McCoy has 500 yards and eight touchdowns.
Charlie Raffa, St. Anthony’s. The senior quarterback ran the Friars’ triple-option brilliantly as six different players scored touchdowns in a 43-21 victory over Xaverian. Raffa led St. Anthony’s with 64 yards rushing, and completed six of nine passes for 50 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown to Brian Kensil.
Ryan Rielly, Glenn. The senior quarterback (pictured above) was a one-man offensive force in the Knights’ 9-7 victory over Bayport-Blue Point in a Division IV thriller. Rielly ran for 113 yards and passed for 177 yards. For the season Rielly has 549 yards rushing and 433 yards passing.
Jesse Scanna, Sachem North. The bruising running back/linebacker ran for 173 yards and three touchdowns, on runs of 8, 53 and 79 yards, and added two sacks and a fumble recovery in a 45-0 victory over Connetquot.
Steve Skon, Lindenhurst. The senior quarterback was limited to 95 yards passing on a very muddy track in the Bulldogs’ 12-7 loss to Floyd. For the season, Skon has eight touchdown passes.
Honorable mention: Karl Allison, Bay Shore, Jeffrey Craig, Islip; Darrel Flores, Central Islip; Derelle Hunter, St. John the Baptist; Ryan McCoy, Bayport-Blue Point; Mike Pellegrino, Connetquot; Michael Richardson, West Babylon.