This is the last game for Hansen Award candidates to strut their stuff, as the committee will vote this week, after the weekend’s first round of playoff games. Four players, all in Division I, enhanced their candidacy with big games last week — Mike Andreassi, Stacey Bedell, Mike Pellegrino and Steve Skon. Their performances are noted in my Top 10 list.
I am on the committee that selects the Hansen Trophy winner and have one of Newsday’s votes, but this list is not intended to influence other voters. While there are some candidates who are stronger than others, it won’t be an easy choice. Players are presented alphabetically not in order of preference.
Zog’s Top 10
Mike Andreassi, Sachem North. The senior running back/linebacker carried 21 times for 136 yads and two touchdowns in a 34-7 victory over Bay Shore that gave the Flaming Arrows their second straight unbeaten regular season.
Stacey Bedell, Floyd. The junior running back/defensive back gained 80 yards on 11 carries with one touchdown in the Colonials’ 27-0 victory over Patchogue-Medford that clinched the No. 2 seed.
Jeffrey Craig, Islip.
Steven Ferreira, Sayville.
Kevin Hutchinson, East Islip.
Mike Pellegrino, Connetquot. The senior running back/linebacker ran for 277 yards on 34 carries with four touchdowns in a 28-21 win over Commack. Pellegrino has scored 17 touchdowns.
Charlie Raffa, St. Anthony’s.
Ryan Rielly, Glenn.
Jesse Scanna, Sachem North.
Steve Skon, Lindenhurst. The senior quarterback completed 13 of 16 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-7 win over Brentwood. Skon also ran for 70 yards. He has 15 touchdown passes.
Honorable mention (alphabetical): Karl Allison, Bay Shore; Shervon Barthelmy, Newfield; Calvin Bollar, Huntington; Derelle Hunter, St. John the Baptist; Preshod McCoy, North Babylon.