There are two more weeks for Suffolk’s best players to state their Hansen Award credentials — this weekend’s regular season finales and next week’s playoff-round openers. The voting for the award takes place after nine games, so it’s crunch time for all players and teams.
Ryan Rielly of Glenn and Stacey Bedell of Floyd (left) had huge games last week, but the competition remains open and several candidates clearly are in the running.
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. Ran for 63 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Flaming Arrows rolled past Longwood, 41-14. Andreassi, also a top linebacker, has scored a team-high 10 touchdowns.
Stacey Bedell, Floyd. The junior did it all in the Colonials’ 27-20 victory over Connetquot. His 9-yard TD run with 1:59 provided the winning points. He rushed for 197 yards and three TDs, and also had an interception.
Jeffrey Craig, Islip. The slick quarterback passed for 175 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 135 yards and another TD in the Bucs’ 28-7 victory over Kings Park.
Steven Ferreira, Sayville. Didn’t turn it on until the final minutes, but then he took over. In overtime, he ran for one touchdown and passed for another in the Golden Flashes’ 34-28 triple-OT victory over Westhampton. For the season, Ferreira has a Suffolk-best 20 touchdown passes.
Kevin Hutchinson, East Islip. He was responsible for all the points in the Redmen’s 20-14 victory over West Babylon. Had 266 yards and two touchdowns passing, rushed eight times for 45 yards and a touchdown and made two extra points.
Mike Pellegrino, Connetquot. It wasn’t his fault the Thunderbirds lost to Floyd, 27-20. The two-way star accumulated 130 yards of total offense and made 10 tackles from his linebacker spot.
Charlie Raffa, St. Anthony’s. The first-year starting quarterback threw a 74-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 40-yard run as the Friars won their seventh straight, 38-13, over Holy Trinity.
Ryan Rielly, Glenn. What an incredible day for this Knight. Rielly passed for 376 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns. His 506-yard, seven-touchdown afternoon led unbeaten Glenn to a 52-28 victory over Mt. Sinai, which had been the stingiest defensive team in Suffolk.
Jesse Scanna, Sachem North. Another dominating game at linebacker and as a battering-ram fullback in the Arrows’ seventh straight win, 41-14, over Longwood.
Steve Skon, Lindenhurst. The senior quarterback threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more in the Bulldogs’ 43-38 loss to Northport.
Honorable mention (alphabetical): Karl Allison, Bay Shore; Shervon Barthelmy, Newfield; Derelle Hunter, St. John the Baptist; Preshod McCoy, North Babylon; Michael Richardson, West Babylon.