Six Huntington High School football players won post-season awards after turning in fine seasons for the Blue Devils. They will be feted at an upcoming county awards dinner.
Joseph Algieri was named to the All-Division and All-County teams. Timothy McDonald, John Acompora-Miller, Michael Kline and Christian St. John were all tapped as All-Division. Anthony Annunziata is Huntington’s nominee for the National Football Foundation’s Golden 11 Scholar Athlete Award.
Anthony Annunziata evades a would-be tackler. (Darin Reed photo.)
The Blue Devil varsity was coached by Steve Muller, Kevin Graham, Dan Basil and Antoine Swain. The JV team was led by James Byrnes and Kevin Thorbourne.
This marked Huntington High School’s 99th season of varsity football. The first team took the field for a game in October 1924. The program traces its founding even earlier to 1895, but the teams in that era were not school based and weren’t comprised exclusively of high school players. They were town teams with rosters filled with players of a variety of ages.
Huntington’s all-time record is 434-325-30. The Blue Devils won the Long Island championship in 2005 and were runners-up in both 2003 and 2013.
Huntington’s Darren Ward (1987) and John Paci (1989) both won the Hansen Award, presented to Suffolk’s finest player. Ben Kocis won the Boomer Esiason Award presented to Suffolk’s most outstanding quarterback in 2013. Chris Mooney (1999), Jack Sullivan (2004) and Christian Jamison (2013) captured the LaBue Award, which is given to Suffolk’s Most Outstanding Football Scholar Athlete.
Huntington quarterback/defensive back Zach Howell was named the regular season Division MVP in both 2005 and 2006.