Did I see Dylan Laube at his best?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Did I see Dylan Laube at his best?

I went to one Westhampton Beach High School football game last year, a "Friday Night Lights" deal against Amity­ville Memorial, a team that was once a Suffolk County scholastic powerhouse, and with a student body size that dwarfed that of the local high school.

That was then (the '70s), this was 2016 and the student body sizes have reversed... and the Hurricanes, led by running back Dylan Laube, literally glided away from the team from western Suffolk, 49-20.

I watched Laube score almost at will, long off-tackle runs as well as a punt return, as he effortlessly seemed to find holes in the defense, slip through them and outrun every­one to the endzone... young man was not only fast and quick, but possessed of remarkable vision and balance.

That he didn't win the 2016 Carl Hansen Award, was likely due to Laube's status as a Junior.

(His spectacular junior season consisted of 2,151 yards rushing, another 202 yards in pass receptions and a total of 40 touchdowns, third most in Long Island history!)

Saturday afternoon I went back to Hansen Field to see the 2-0 Hurricanes play the 2-0 Eastport-South Manor Sharks, and came away with a solid conviction that if the now-Senior Laube doesn't win the Hansen Award this season, the fix is in for someone else.

Led by Laube's first half touchdown runs of 73 and 91 yards, the locals held a 21-0 lead at halftime.

After a 48 yard scoring scamper by, yeah, Laube, made it 28-0. the Sharks suddenly turned loose their towering receiver Anthony Zarcone...

(He looked and played much taller than his listed 6'1".)

...who strode through the 'Canes' secondary to catch touchdown passes of 79, 26, and 44 yards from quarter­back Mike Kane and bring up an ESM fourth-and-6 on Westhampton Beach's 12-yard line with 57 seconds left in the game, and the 'Canes clinging to a 42-35 lead.

Displaying his versatility, Laube (playing defensive back) dove to knock down the potential score-tying pass and preserve Westhampton Beach's 7 point victory, keeping the 'Canes undefeated with a 3-0 record.

For the afternoon, Laube had five... count'em, 5!... touch­downs and in addition to breaking up the Sharks' last ditch pass play, had ten tackles on defense.

That's not the kind of performance one sees every day in schoolboy football, and when I left Hansen Field, I mused whether 'Canes coach Bill Parry, before turning in each night, gives prayerful thanks for having a player with Laube's skills on his squad.

But I have to wonder, have I actually seem Dylan Laube at his best? It doesn't feel like Saturday's game was a fluke.

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