With three players selected Super 11 in the preseason and a host of potential Division I athletes both on and off that list, the Class of 2015 seemed poised to make an impact this fall. And that group did not disappoint.
North Rockland junior lineman Eric Favors (Rockland) and Rye junior quarterback Andrew Livingston (Westchester/Putnam) were selected as The Journal News/lohud.com players of the year. Both played major roles on sectional finalists.
• WESTCHESTER/PUTNAM — Livingston had a record-setting season for the Garnets, throwing for more yards and touchdowns than any quarterback in school history. CLICK HERE to watch Livingston’s 2013 highlights.
Tappan Zee coach Andy DiDomenico and White Plains coach Skip Stevens earned coach of the year honors. DiDomenico led TZ to the first playoff win since the inception of the state tournament in 1993. Stevens guided White Plains to its first outright Section 1 title since 1979.
Two points about this year’s teams: 1. In addition to Favors and Livingston, the underclassmen are well-represented. (Next year will be extremely competitive for Super 11, that’s for sure.) 2. The quarterback talent in Westchester/Putnam was perhaps deeper than ever.
If you want to see who was selected first team, second team and honorable mention in Rockland and Westchester/Putnam, click on the links above.
One last point of clarification: My goal when picking these teams is to land as many of the best players on the teams as possible. So, if you see an offensive lineman who is perhaps best at linebacker, just remember there might’ve been more competition at linebacker and moving him to line would’ve allowed for that.
OK, any questions, let me know. Congrats to all those who were selected.