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Sep 12, 2017 6:15 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Two East End Football Players Are Up For 2017 Heart Of A Giant Award; Online Vote Is Open

Dylan Laube won the Joe Cipp Jr. Award as the top running back in Suffolk County last season. His latest award could help net his school some funds for the Westhampton Beach football program. DREW BUDD
Sep 13, 2017 8:53 AM

A pair of East End football players have been nominated by their head coaches for awards that could be fruitful for their high school programs, and they are leaning on a public online vote for help.

Dylan Laube of Westhampton Beach, nominated by his head coach Bill Parry, and Michael Kane of Eastport South Manor, tagged by his head coach Bill Ashton, are two of 10 Week One nominees in the tri-state area up for the 2017 USA Football Heart of a Giant Award presented by Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants. Each student-athlete has been nominated for their commitment, teamwork, will, character and dedication.

USA Football, the national governing body of the sport, reviews all nominations and announces 10 deserving nominees per week over the course of six weeks. Nominees are urged to “campaign for their votes” within their communities and among teammates, classmates, friends, and family. Voting, which can be done at, will remain open for each week’s group for 25 days, and the nominee with the most votes from each week’s group will be named one of six finalists. All six finalists will be required to submit an original video showcasing why they have the Heart of a Giant, then USA Football, Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants will review all finalist video submissions and identify one grand prize winner.

The grand prize winner will be honored on the field during a New York Giants’ home game. All six finalists will receive $1,500 for their high school’s football program, with the winner’s school getting an additional $3,500.

Laube was the Joe Cipp Jr. Award winner last season as the top running back in Suffolk County after scoring 40 touchdowns—which are third most in Suffolk County history—and gaining 2,152 yards as a junior. Parry described Laube as his hardest worker who earned a full scholarship to play football at the University of New Hampshire next fall.

Aston told USA Football that Kane’s work ethic is outstanding. “He set out to be the starting quarterback for our team this season and didn’t miss a single workout, speed training session or 7-on-7 all offseason. His leadership qualities have earned him the right to be named one of this year’s team captains.”

The other eight nominees include: Joseph McCarthy of Cedar Grove High School in Cedar Grove, New Jersey; Joe Bumpus of Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, New Jersey; Justin Abe of Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Connecticut; Aneeq Raja of Island Trees High School in Levittown; Anthony Thomas of Henry P. Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, New Jersey; Cameron Kelly of Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Connecticut; Chris DeMarco of Howell High School in Farmingdale, New Jersey; and Jeremiah Stevens of Perth Amboy High School in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

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