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Hills West wins Rutgers Trophy as Suffolk's top team

Suffolk County's only undefeated team in 2009 scored one more victory last night.

Half Hollow Hills West, the Long Island Class III champion with a 12-0 record, won the first Rutgers Trophy in school history. The award, voted on by coaches, was presented at the annual coaches association dinner at the Hyatt Regency Long Island in Hauppauge.

The Colts, coached for a 10th season by Kyle Madden, ran the table by running away from the competition with a team nicknamed "the fastest show on turf" that averaged 37.5 points. Hills West beat Hauppauge, 29-0, in the county final, then exceeded 40 points for the sixth time with a 42-32 LIC victory over Lawrence.

In that entertaining finale, which clinched the Rutgers Trophy, the Colts indeed put on a show on the Stony Brook University turf. Quarterback JeVahn Cruz (three rushing TDs, three passing TDs, 416 total yards) had a hand in nearly every big play, including a 64-yard scoring run, a 57-yard kickoff return and touchdown passes of 50 and 42 to speedy pal Damarr Aultman.

Cruz, a co-winner of the Hansen Award, wasn't converted to quarterback until after his junior season. Like the rest of the Colts in 2009, he proved to be a quick study.

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