This is the fourth and final of the all-conference teams I’ve published this week. As I said in the first three, here’s how I determined it: I tried the best I possibly could to reward the top players from the season while still adhering to positions. It’s a tough balance, but hopefully you’ll find it equitable.
In some cases, it’s a numbers game at a given position. Certainly, there are several top players at quarterback, running back and linebacker, making those positions the most competitive. In some cases, players you may consider deserving were left off the team.
It’s certainly a challenge. When it comes to all-star teams, there are always deserving players who are overlooked.
Without further ado, here are my honorees in Class C…
MVP — Christian Conway, Bronxville. He rushed for 1,865 yards and 30 touchdowns, the top totals in the section. He averaged well over 10 yards per carry for a team that averaged 32 points per game. That doesn’t even begin to touch on defense, where the Yale-bound Conway was a stalwart at linebacker.
Offensive player of the year — Conway. Please read the previous paragraph.
Defensive player of the year — Darien Bica, Dobbs Ferry. The all-state linebacker manned the middle for Class C’s top-ranked defnese, which has held opponents to 68 points in 10 games. Even more, 28 of those points were scored by Bronxville, meaning others teams scored just 5.0 points per games against the Eagles, who have five shutouts. Bica is at the heart of it all.
Best newcomer — Brandon Oliveri, Pawling. For someone who wasn’t even on the roster as a junior, Oliveri had a heck of a senior year. The quarterback/safety was Pawling’s leading passer and scored five touchdowns. But he made the greatest impact on defense, where he notched a team-best seven interceptions.
Coach of the year — Jim Moran, Dobbs Ferry. With only two players graduated, Moran came to Dobbs at the right time. But, remember, the program had also experience three years of relative failure that were unlike anything it had faced in a decade. Moran also faced the specter of playing the defending state champ twice — a team, by the way, that was still pretty darn good. He tinkered with and retooled the Eagles, and then have since won nine straight, including the most impressive win by any team in the section all season, a 38-14 thumping of Bronxville that returned Dobbs to the state playoffs.
2011 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM —
QB: Justin Riccio, Woodlands
RB: Christian Conway, Bronxville
RB: Oliver Mold, Pawling
RB: Malcolm Downey, Woodlands
WR: James Cole, Woodlands
TE: Henry Heitzman, Haldane
OL: Sean Callahan, Bronxville
OL: Sean Triandis, Bronxville
OL: Darien Bica, Dobbs Ferry
OL: Anthony Milici, Hastings
OL: Dennis DeLeon, Dobbs Ferry
Ath.: Elias Lopez, Haldane
DL: Tim Soave, Dobbs Ferry
DL: Gary Moss, Tuckahoe
DL: John Yozzo-Scaperrotta, Dobbs Ferry
LB: Jackson Conway, Bronxville
LB: James Moss, Haldane
LB: Jeremy Sosa, Albertus Magnus
LB: Nick Reisman, Tuckahoe
DB: Spencer Avalos, Dobbs Ferry
DB: Brandon Abrahante, Hastings
DB: Eddie Ritch, Dobbs Ferry
DB: Brandon Oliveri, Pawling
Ath.: Jaime Ketchabaw, Blind Brook
KR: Luke Marrone, Bronxville
PR: Shyheim Nixon, Tuckahoe
K: Jack Grass, Bronxville