The Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced its 49th annual “Golden Dozen,” which honors 12 of the region’s top high school football scholar-athletes from the 2021 season.
Rye and Stepinac were the only two schools to have two players named to this year’s “Golden Dozen.”
Another 17 scholar-athletes were chosen honorable mention for their level of achievement in the classroom and on the field and for the difference they have made in their communities. In addition to Rye and Stepinac, Bronxville, Byram Hills, Carmel, Hackley, Iona Prep, Pleasantville and Somers also had multiple scholar-athletes chosen.
This year’s “Golden Dozen” will be celebrated at the Westchester Chapter’s annual awards banquet, which will be held May 17 at Westchester Country Club. Scholarship grants will be awarded that night in honor of Chris Mello, Anthony Sabella and Bill Draddy, plus a fellowship to honor the memory of longtime board member Michael Perry.
The Westchester Chapter, led by president Lewis Leone, has now honored over 600 scholar-athletes and awarded over $600,000 in scholarship grants since its first banquet in 1974.
Here’s a look at this year’s honorees:
2021-22 Golden Dozen
Scott Becker, Iona Prep
Kieran Cotter, Pleasantville
Chris DeMartino, Stepinac
Anthony DeMatteo, Mahopac
Jack Garnett, Rye
Julian Glantz, Scarsdale
Iheukwumere Marcus, Hackley
James McCauley, Stepinac
Conor O’Neil, Bronxville
Thomas Shelton, Pelham
Nick Sodano, Carmel
Caden Whaling, Rye
Honorable mention: Jared Cohen, Byram Hills; Kevin Dall, Carmel; Justin Federico, Iona Prep; Dylan Faller, Somers; Michael Gordon, Pleasantville; Chris Kelty, Bronxville; Ethan Krauss, Somers; Scot Mackie, Iona Prep; Trey Mancuso, Somers; Jabari Marsland, Dobbs Ferry; Daniel Nuzum, Hackley; Michael Rocco, Byram Hills; Michael Scaglione, Sleepy Hollow; Nicholas Spista, White Plains; Jack Sullivan, Valhalla; Ryan Thomson, Hackley; A.J. Troilo, Harrison.
This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: High school football Golden Dozen honored in 2022 by Westchester