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Dec 4, 2018 3:09 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Liam McIntyre Keeps Carl A. Hansen Award In Westhampton Beach

Westhampton Beach senior Liam McIntyre cleaned up at the Suffolk County Football Awards dinner on Monday night, including the top prize, the Carl A. Hansen Award. R. SPENCER FINK
Dec 4, 2018 3:47 PM

Before 2017, the Carl A. Hansen Award—given to the top high school football player in Suffolk County, and named after the former Westhampton Beach High School coach and athletic director—had never actually been in the hallways of Westhampton Beach.

Thanks to Liam McIntyre, the most prestigious award in Suffolk County football will stay in the halls of the school for a second straight year.

The senior was named Suffolk County’s top player on Monday night, joining Dylan Laube, who shared the award with Lindenhurst’s Jeremy Ruckert last season, as the only two Hurricanes to ever win the award. Southampton’s Tom Tarazevits, in 1968, was the only other player on the South Fork to ever win the award.

McIntyre admitted Tuesday afternoon that he was surprised to hear his name called on Monday night, simply because of the competition he was up against. The other finalists were all from larger schools and included Ward Melville senior wide receiver J.J. Laap, William Floyd senior halfback Nick Silva, and St. Anthony’s senior quarterback Greg Campisi.

“I knew I had a great season, but when you’re going through it all, you’re just looking to do your best. I didn’t expect that much to come from it but it did,” McIntyre said. “It’s still kind of an unreal feeling for me. It’s a great honor. Coming off what Dylan was able to do last year, he set the bar pretty high … it’s nice.”

With six of its players being named All-County, Westhampton Beach was well represented at what was the Suffolk County High School Football Coaches Association banquet at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge on Monday night. Westhampton Beach head coach Bryan Schaumloffel said that there were at least 20 people from the school in attendance, leading to a big ovation when McIntyre was named the winner.

“It was emotional,” Schaumloffel said. “I’m really happy for Liam. It’s great that the award is named after Coach Hansen. I hear the old-timers around town always speak so highly about him and the impact that he had on their lives.”

He added, “Having back-to-back winners, it’s really special and a great honor.”

Schaumloffel said that McIntyre’s overall play on the field is what ultimately gave him the edge over the other finalists.

As a starting fullback on offense, McIntyre ran for 913 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. He also regularly left bruising blocks for his teammates when he was not running the ball.

On defense, as the Hurricanes leader as a middle linebacker, McIntyre finished with 107 tackles, including 42 solo tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks. And he added an interception in the county semifinal game against Kings Park.

As if the Hansen Award wasn’t enough, McIntyre also brought home some other serious hardware on Monday night. He was named First Team All-Long Island for the second year in a row, Division III Most Valuable Player, and was the Hurricanes’ MVP selection in the Suffolk County Division III Championship; both teams are awarded an MVP in that game.

He also was a Collotta Award finalist as the top linebacker in the county, as well as a finalist for the Burnett Award, given to the top defensive player in the county.

All-State honors are not dished out for a few weeks, but Schaumloffel is confident McIntyre, as well along with a few other of his players, will earn that distinction as well.

McIntyre, who is also an All-American wrestler, was a three-year starter for the Canes and was a part of back-to-back undefeated regular seasons. He ended his career with a 30-3 record as part of one of the best senior classes Westhampton Beach has ever produced in its over 100-year existence.

Schaumloffel said what he may remember the most about McIntyre is his grittiness and desire to play no matter what. McIntyre broke a thumb in the first game of last season but returned earlier than expected, with his hand wrapped like a club, and helped lead the Hurricanes to county and Long Island championships.

Then, in the Suffolk County Division III Championship this past season, which the Canes lost to Half Hollow Hills West, McIntyre rolled his ankle toward the end of the first half. It was questionable whether or not he could play the second half.

“I knew he was getting treatment from our trainer, so I asked Liam, ‘If you can only go one way, what do you want to play, offense or defense?’ And he goes, ‘Coach, I’m playing both sides. I’m finishing the game,’” Schaumloffel said.

Losing to Hills West in the county championship game was tough for McIntyre, and the rest of the Canes for that matter, but now that he’s had a few weeks to think about it, he said he wouldn’t change anything during his high school football career.

“I think it was an unreal three-year varsity career and four years in the program. If I had do it all again, I would,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to play with my teammates and coaches for the past four years. Getting to play here was like a dream come true.”

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Some 50 plus County Schools each year field a Varsity Football squad.
Probably no less than 1500 determined young men strap on that helmet,
preparing for the contests from August to November... not to mention the countless hours in the weight room.

To be chosen as the” Best of the Best “ will long outlive the memories of touchdowns, tackles and interceptions. They become vague, but recalling your family in the stands, rain or shine, will last forever.

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By kahuna (67), Tampa on Dec 4, 18 5:45 PM
Well said. Thank you.

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By Bryan Schaumloffel (4), Remsenburg on Dec 5, 18 5:55 PM
Well done young man. A credit to your school and family.
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