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Dec 5, 2017 11:48 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Senior Dylan Laube Shares Carl A. Hansen Award With Lindenhurst's Jeremy Ruckert

Westhampton Beach senior Dylan Laube took home some new hardware from the Suffolk County Football Awards Dinner on Monday night. DREW BUDD
Dec 5, 2017 3:01 PM

Westhampton Beach senior Dylan Laube shared the 58th Carl A. Hansen Award—given to the top high school football player in Suffolk County, and named after the Westhampton Beach coach and athletic director—with Lindenhurst senior Jeremy Ruckert on Monday night. It's the first time two players have shared the award since 2011, when Sachem North's Dalton Crossan and William Floyd's Stacey Bedell each shared the top prize in Long Island high school football.

Laube, for the second year in a row, also won the Joe Cipp Jr. Award, given to the top running back in Suffolk County, and along with teammate Liam McIntyre, was named All-Long Island First Team. Bill Parry was named Suffolk County Coach of the Year.

Laube owns virtually every rushing and scoring record in Westhampton Beach history, and several Suffolk County and Long Island records as well. The University of New Hampshire-bound senior set the single-game rushing record of 454 yards in a win over Eastport South Manor this past fall and also holds the mark for single-season rushing yards with 2,684 this year. He scored a Long Island-record 47 touchdowns this past season and tied the record of six touchdowns in the Long Island Championship game in the Hurricanes victory over Lawrence. Laube finished his career with 120 touchdowns and 6,495 rushing yards on 655 carries—basically averaging a first down per carry—in four years as a varsity player.

Ruckert, who will be attending Ohio State, had quite the resume as well. As a tight end on offense he caught 61 passes for 1,094 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a defensive end/linebacker, he had 61 tackles and 13 sacks. And Ruckert was also Lindenhurst's kicker. He made 48 of 50 extra points, six field goals and had 42 touchbacks on kickoffs. While Laube filled up the stat sheet in the Long Island Championship, Ruckert showed off his all-around game. He caught a one-handed pass, caught a touchdown pass, had multiple tackles for a loss, intercepted a pass, blocked a field-goal try and returned it 61 yards to set up a Lindenhurst touchdown, and Ruckert kicked four extra points and two field goals.

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