The Hansen Award, which goes to the outstanding high school football player in Suffolk County, is presented annually by Newsday.
The 2013 award will be handed out Monday night at the Suffolk football dinner.
Who do you think is the most deserving player this year? Below are seven players to consider, in alphabetical order. Read their accomplishments and then vote in the poll on the right. (Newsday's app users can vote at http://bit.ly/1iUGuyr)
Jake Carlock, Babylon, WR/DB – Babylon’s most dangerous scoring threat, Carlock has helped lead the Panthers to 23 straight wins, while his prolific work in the secondary has helped them outscore opponents 483-112 this season. Carlock has 16 touchdowns and 817 yards on 41 catches and eight interceptions.
Jeremiah Cheatom, Riverhead, RB/OLB – Cheatom has 17 touchdowns and 1,504 yards on 264 attempts and has three over-200 yard games this year. He rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns in the Suffolk Divison II semifinal to lead his Blue Waves over Newfield, including the go-ahead 22-yard fourth quarter score and a 79-yard TD run to put it away.
Connor Coughlin, Patchogue-Medford, WR/DB -- Coughlin led Long Island with 1,079 receiving yards and had 16 touchdown receptions, helping the Raiders reach the Suffolk Division I quarterfinals. The senior has more than 100 career catches and is among LI's all-time leaders in receptions.Almost all of Coughlin's totals have been accrued in the last two seasons after they installed a spread offense.
Jordan Gowins, St. Anthony’s, RB – Returning from an injury in Week 4 last year, Gowins rushed for 2,012 yards and 24 touchdowns, and made 16 catches for 117 yards as the Friars won the CHSFL title. He had a 302-yard, three TD performance against Stepinac.
Sam Ilario, West Islip, QB – Despite succumbing to injury in the latter half of the season, Ilario put up impressive numbers and a show-stopping showcase in his seven games. He rushed for 958 yards and 14 TDs and passed for four touchdowns and 461 yards. On Oct. 5, he had a hand in all six of West Islip’s touchdowns in a 42-35 win over West Babylon, passing for four and rushing for two.
Brett Osman, Miller Place, RB/DB -- Osman led all Suffolk public school players with 1,877 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns. An explosive runner, he averaged 7.9 yards per carry and had a stretch this season of six consecutive games with at least 200 rushing yards. Osman led the Panthers to the Suffolk III semifinals.
Malik Pierre, Sachem North, RB/DB -- A talented all-around athlete, Pierre has proven to be a dynamic runner and a ballhawk on defense. He ran for 1,322 yards and 18 TDs, leading Sachem North to its first Suffolk Division I championship since 1995. Pierre had a passing, receiving and rushing touchdown in addition to two interceptions as the Flaming Arrows unseated four-time defending champ Floyd, 28-7, in the county final.
The award is presented in memory of Carl A. Hansen of Westhampton. He served as coach and athletic director at Westhampton, was an organizer of the Nassau-Suffolk Advisory Board and was president of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. He died in 1960.
Compiled by Laura Albanese, Stephen Haynes and Gregg Sarra.