'Big Game' Bedell named co-Hansen winner
He earned the nickname Big Game Bedell for saving his finest moments for the biggest games. Floyd’s senior halfback Stacy Bedell had a knack for playing the role of superstar in the post-season.
The three-year starter saved his best high school performance for his last game. Bedell led Floyd to three straight appearances in the Long Island Championships. But it was his third title game that will never be forgotten.
Bedell left a capacity crowd gasping as he rushed for an LIC record 411 yards and four touchdowns as Floyd defeated East Meadow, 54-47, for the Class I championship at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook University.
For his accomplishments, Bedell 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. Bedell shared the award with Sachem North halfback Dalton Crossan.
“Winning the Class I title was the most important thing for me,” Bedell said. “I wanted to win the last game of the season so bad. And I will always have those moments to share with my teammates.
To win the Hansen is such an honor. I’m very proud of this accomplishment. And it’s honor to share the award with a good friend and a great player like Dalton Crossan.”
The title win also made a prophet of Bedell, who proclaimed his Colonials would finally win the LIC after two consecutive losses to Freeport. The kid with the boyish smile refused to go out on a sour note. And it took a record-breaking performance to bring home the title.
“We will not lose this time,” he said before the season as he playfully teased Freeport quarterback Isaiah Barnes at a magazine photo shoot. “It’s my year to earn a championship ring.”
Bedell was spectacular in the final. He punctuated a senior campaign with a performance that will be talked about for years to come. He had 12.5 tackles in the final. And his touchdown runs against East Meadow went for 80, 80, 59 and 51 yards. His hop, skip and a jump touchdown run for 59 yards left would-be tacklers strewn across LaValle’s landscape. And it also left the stadium crowd awestruck.
“There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Stacy,” said Floyd coach Paul Longo. “He is truly an amazing student-athlete. Every time you think you’ve seen it all, Stacy does something even more impressive.”
Bedell finished this season with 2,532 yards, the third highest total in Suffolk history. He had 39 touchdowns, two two-point conversion runs and scored 238 points. The electrifying halfback also earned the Suffolk Division I MVP award.
In the season opener, Bedell carried seven times for five touchdowns in the first half and didn’t play in the second half of a blowout. His lateral movement and quick feet made him difficult to stop in the open field. And the ability to change direction and avoid tacklers made him a big play threat on any given carry.
“He was a threat to score form anywhere on the field at any moment,” Longo said. “We were never in trouble because all it took was the slightest opening to get him into space and he was gone.”
Bedell scored on runs of 94 and 95 yards against Northport.
And perhaps his single greatest asset is his personality. Great players never get too high or too low. Bedell is a straight A student, beloved in his community for his work with younger athletes.
“He is a great kid, a true role model in our community,” Longo said. “He’s a winner all the way around.”