He’s here, he’s gone. He’s there, he’s gone. And it was like that all season for opposing defenses. One moment Dalton Crossan was in plain sight – and the next he was gone.
The Sachem North senior super back was a defensive coordinators nightmare. His ability to cutback against an aggressive defense and find the lane to the end zone was uncanny. His vision and patience allowed him to destroy the defense. And Crossan’s lateral movement was impossible to imitate in practice as teams tried to simulate his moves to try and stop him.
Dalton Crossan found the weakness in every defensive scheme. He exploited the over pursuit, out ran the secondary to the perimeter and made the end zone his home.
“He was unstoppable,” said Sachem North coach Dave Falco. “No one figured out how to stop him.”
Crossan rushed for at least 145 yards in 11 straight games. He finished the season with 2,216 yards rushing and a school-record 38 touchdowns as the Flaming Arrows won nine games and reached the Suffolk Division I final for the third straight season.
For his accomplishments, Crossan was named a co-winner of the 52nd Carl A. Hansen Award, presented to Suffolk’s top player at the Suffolk County High School Football Coaches Association banquet last night at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge. Crossan shared the award with Floyd’s senior halfback Stacy Bedell.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for having such a great season,” Crossan said. “And I want my teammates to know that this wouldn’t be possible without all of their hard work. There were so many great players, it’s overwhelming.”
Sayville quarterback Steven Ferreira and West Babylon wide receiver Michael Richardson were also finalists.
Crossan acknowledged the outstanding season of Floyd’s Stacy Bedell.
“We’re all very competitive on the field,” Crossan said. “And Stacy was awesome this season on both sides of the ball. He led Floyd to the Class I title and I have to tip my cap to him because they beat us. He’s definitely deserving of this honor.”
Crossan and Bedell became good friends through the on-field battles and the off-season showcases and recruiting trips. It truly was a story of two guys pushing one another to ultimately beat each other.
“The only thing that really matters is winning the championship,” Crossan said. “This is a team sport and one cannot be productive without the rest of the team doing their jobs. I will always look back at the effort of all of my teammates and how hard we worked to win games.”
The 5-10, 185-pound Crossan scored at least three touchdowns in seven games. He moved to quarterback when his younger brother Trent, only a sophomore, suffered a season-ending knee injury. Undeterred, he flourished at the position and led Sachem North into the Division I title game.
“Losing Trent was very hard for our team,” Crossan said. “He was a key player. It motivated me even more to try and win the title for him.”
The Crossan brothers moved into the Sachem School District two years ago and had an immediate impact in football and lacrosse.
“They were welcomed with open arms right away,” said Falco. “Our guys recognized that they were hard-working individuals and that they could play.”
Dalton Crossan was a class act from day one in his new school at Sachem. The transition from Shoreham-Wading River to Sachem was seamless, made easier by his friendly demeanor and spectacular skill set.
“It was never hard coming to Sachem,” Crossan said. “They treated us like family.”
Crossan would reward that chemistry with a two-year career that saw him compile 2,925 yards rushing, score 56 touchdowns. His average for yards per carry was a mind-blowing 11.7.
“He was simply outstanding,” Falco said.