Huntington varsity football MVP John P. Paci with Blue Devil coaches and Superintendent James W. Polansky

Blue Devil Football Dinner Celebrates Season

Huntington varsity football MVP John P. Paci with Blue Devil coaches and Superintendent James W. Polansky

March 8, 2019

The Huntington football program celebrated another memorable season, with competitive teams at every level of play. All things considered, it was a very good year.

Outstanding Offensive Player Award recipient Eric Sands with Eddie Santos and Steve Mulle
Outstanding Offensive Player Award recipient Eric Sands with Eddie Santos and Steve Muller

Huntington’s annual football dinner brought about 250 players and their family members together in the high school cafeteria earlier this week. An impressive buffet consisting of hot and cold items was spread across numerous tables. The dessert table was equally spectacular. Most players tasted at least a little bit of everything, with some returning for seconds and thirds

The Blue Devil coaching staff spoke warmly about their respective teams. The varsity was very competitive, finishing 3-5 after losing to highly regarded Northport, 23-22 and Suffolk powerhouse West Islip, 37-35. A break here or there would have put Huntington in the playoffs.

Outstanding Linebacker Award recipient Joey Ramos with coaches Eddie Santos and Steve Muller
Outstanding Linebacker Award recipient Joey Ramos with coaches Eddie Santos and Steve Mullerntos and Steve Muller

The Blue Devil JV compiled a 5-2-1 mark while Finley-8 went 4-2 and Finley-7 finished at 5-1.

Dozens of trophies were presented to the program’s top players on each of four levels. “We are very pleased that Blue Devil football turned in a solid year up and down the program,” said Steve Muller, the longtime varsity head coach. “We had an enthusiastic group of young men to work with. This dinner recognizes their hard work and effort along with their commitment to their teammates, coaches and the program. Let’s also take a moment to formally express our appreciation to the parents of our players. They support us in everything that we do.”

John Paul Paci captured the Blue Devil varsity’s Most Valuable Player Award following an All-State season at quarterback. Sebastian Abreu captured the John Paci Award presented to Huntington’s most outstanding offensive back. Jordan McCoy won the Outstanding Receiver Award and Aidan Mrotzek garnered the Pete Sansiviero Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award. Eric Sands was recognized with the Most Outstanding Offensive Player Award.

Outstanding Receiver Award recipient Jordan McCoy with coach Todd Jamison (1)
Outstanding Receiver Award recipient Jordan McCoy with coach Todd Jamison.

Jaylen Bush grabbed the Outstanding Defensive Back Award while Joey Ramos took home the Outstanding Linebacker Award for the second consecutive season. Tazadon Smith earned the Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award. Jonathan Koumas garnered the Outstanding Defensive Player Award.

Nasir Youngblood was named Special Teams Player of the Year. Patrick Durand won the Joe Lucey Coach’s Award, which is presented annually in honor of a former 27-year head coach. Henry Cartwright was recognized with the Christopher Pettit Award, which is given to the team’s top scholar athlete.

Aedan McDonald won the Steve Henry 12th Man Award. Vinny Caravetto captured the Most Improved Player Award for his hard work and dedication to the team. The Bob Brush Courage Award was presented to Bryce Criscuola, who also garnered the Asher Ezra King Football Memorial Scholarship Award, which carried with it a $500 stipend.

Chad Rowe and Gary Barash shared the Rookie of the Year Award after they both enjoyed wonderful seasons. Lex Colato was presented with the Al White Service Award for his integrity, honesty and commitment to the Blue Devil football program.

The junior varsity team’s awards were presented to Josiah Melendez (Most Outstanding Player Award), Kevin Drake (Outstanding Offensive Player), Robbie Smith (Outstanding Defensive Player) and Cameron Santa-Maria (Outstanding Lineman Award).

Finley-8 co-Most Valuable Player Awards went to Joe Algieri and Anthony Annunziata. Also winning honors were Jahmar Francis (Outstanding Offensive Player), Aidan Carello (Outstanding Defensive Player), Dominick Vidota (Outstanding Lineman Award) and Sammy Mac Arner (Coaches Award).

Finley-7’s team MVP Award was presented to Za’Khie Ramos. Thomas Girimonti (Outstanding Offensive Player), Roberto Rodriquez (Outstanding Defensive Player), Damien Santos (Outstanding Lineman Award) and Christian St. John (Coaches Award) also captured special recognition.

One of the highlights of the night came when sophomore Nasir Youngblood was called to the microphone and introduced to the huge crowd. Muller said that Youngblood often sang for the team to get everyone pumped up. At the awards celebration, the teenager sang Ben E. King’s rhythm and blues anthem “Stand By Me.” Everyone went wild.

The awards dinner is always a happy time for Blue Devil players and their families. The teenagers have fun getting a pat on the back and are happy to get together with their teammates.

The dinner itself was organized by parents Kelly Paci and Mandy Cartwright and supported by dozens of parents. The crowd brought large appetites so it was fortunate an entire wall of food was available to guests. Once dinner had concluded, it was time for the award presentations to begin.

This year’s honorees included:

Offensive Awards:

The John Paci Outstanding Offensive Back Award: Sebastian Abreu

Outstanding Receiver Award: Jordan McCoy

The Pete Sansiviero Offensive Linemen Award: Aidan Mrotzek

Most Outstanding Offensive Player Award: Eric Sands

Defensive Awards:

Outstanding Defensive Back Award: Jaylen Bush

Outstanding Linebacker Award: Joey Ramos

Outstanding Defensive Linemen Award: Tazadon Smith

Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Jonathan Koumas

Special Teams Player of the Year Award:

Nasir Youngblood

The Joe Lucey Coaches Award:

Patrick Durand

The Christopher Pettit Scholar-Athlete Award:

Henry Cartwright

The Bob Brush Courage Award:

Bryce Criscuola

The Steve Henry 12th Man Award:

Aedan McDonald

The Most Improved Award:

Vinny Caravetto

The Outstanding Rookie of the Year Award:

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Chad Rowe

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Gary Barash

The Asher Ezra King Football Memorial Scholarship Award:

Bryce Criscuola

The Al White Service Award:

Lex Colato

The Most Valuable Player Award:

John Paci

JV Awards

Outstanding Offensive Player: Kevin Drake

Outstanding Defensive Player: Robbie Smith

Outstanding Lineman Award: Cameron Santa-Maria

Most Outstanding Player Award: Josiah Melendez

8th Grade Awards

Outstanding Offensive Player: Jahmar Francis

Outstanding Defensive Player: Aidan Carello

Grade Outstanding Lineman Award: Dominick Vidota

Coaches Award: Sammy Mac Arner

Most Valuable Player: Joe Algieri, Anthony Annunziata

7th Grade Awards

Outstanding Offensive Player: Thomas Girimonti

Outstanding Defensive Player: Roberto Rodriguez

Outstanding Lineman Award: Damien Santos

Coaches Award: Christian St. John

Most Valuable Player: Za’Khie Ramos

Pete Sansiviero Offensive Lineman Award winner Aidan Mrotzek with Pete Sansiviero and Steve Muller
Pete Sansiviero Offensive Lineman Award winner Aidan Mrotzek with Pete Sansiviero and Steve Muller
Outstanding Defensive Back Award winner Jaylen Bush with coaches Todd Jamison and Steve Muller
Outstanding Defensive Back Award winner Jaylen Bush with coaches Todd Jamison and Steve Muller
Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award honoree with coaches Andrew White and Steve Muller
Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award honoree with coaches Andrew White and Steve Muller
Special Teams Player of the Year Award winner Nasir Youngblood with coaches Todd Jamison and Steve Muller
Special Teams Player of the Year Award winner Nasir Youngblood with coaches Todd Jamison and Steve Muller
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