Babylon earned its first Rutgers Trophy in program history on Dec. 3 at the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association dinner in Hauppauge.
    
The trophy is given annually to the most outstanding football team in Suffolk County, and Babylon edged three tough candidates to take home the award this year. The Panthers received 32 of 49 first-place votes for a total of 119 points, well ahead of the Floyd Colonials (86) and third-place Sayville Golden Flashes (80).
    
Additionally, Panthers head coach Rick Punzone was named Coach of the Year, standout wide receiver Jake Carlock made First Team All-Long Island, and Eric Schweitzer was named MVP of the Long Island Class IV championship game after he rushed for six touchdowns to tie a long-standing Long Island record.
    
Babylon, which went undefeated 12-0 this year, capped an historic season with a 48-18 victory over Roosevelt in the Long Island Class IV championship on Dec. 1.