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William Hogan, Michael Elardo, Jacob Schozer garner awards

Syosset's Michael Elardo rushes for a touchdown against

Syosset's Michael Elardo rushes for a touchdown against Lindenhurst in the Class I Long Island Championship on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Hofstra. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Nassau County Football Coaches Association gave out its yearly awards at its annual banquet in Woodbury Wednesday night.


Snyder Award: William Hogan, Syosset

Hogan took his first snap at quarterback in Week 4. His opening drive -- capped by a 55-yard touchdown pass to Michael Elardo -- helped establish a trust in the huddle.

Eight weeks later, that trust helped lead Syosset to its first championship in 40 years.

"The way he led the team was the main thing," Syosset coach Paul Rorke said. "When we needed plays, he made them. He did it with poise and focus. Kids believed in him."

The junior completed 135 of 218 passes for 2,401 yards and 22 touchdowns after beginning the year as the team's strong safety.


Jets Receiver Award: Michael Elardo, Syosset

Rorke has trouble putting Elardo's season into words.

"It's hard to describe," he said. "The numbers are staggering."

Elardo's 1,421 receiving yards and 19 touchdown catches were L.I. records.

"His hands are terrific, and his quickness and ability to get open in tight spaces is tremendous," Rorke said.

The 5-6 junior wide receiver had seven touchdown receptions of 50 yards or more.

"He had a ridiculous number of big plays, and that was a big part of our season," Rorke said.


Kessenich Award: Jacob Schozer, Plainedge

Schozer took home the Roy Kessenich Memorial Scholarship Award, which is given to the top three-sport athlete who couples his strong play on the field with exemplary academic credentials and a history of community involvement.


Unsung Hero Award

Four players earned Unsung Hero honors: Kyle Dittmar of Farmingdale, Michael Kemmet of New Hyde Park, Antonio Prudente of North Shore and Joseph Velasquez of Oyster Bay.


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