I arrived at Carmel just in time for the tug-of-war finale to the Lineman Challenge. The event had set up perfect for some closing drama. Arlington’s top team and FDR-Hyde Park’s top team were tied 50-50 after 10 events. Arlington had won three events and placed second in another while FDR had won two and placed second in three others.
The teams were placed on opposite sides of the draw in the tug-of-war tournament. They both kept advancing until the final, but it was all Arlington. The Admirals pulled there way to victory in seconds, leaving little doubt about the winner.
“I could not be more proud of our boys for all of their hard work since December in our offseason workouts, and of our staff for volunteering their time and all their effort all year long,” Arlington coach Dominick DeMatteo said.
Arlington earned 10 points for winning the event and finished with 60. FDR ended with 58, and was followed by Our Lady of Lourdes, which was a distant third. Brewster finished just two points behind in fourth.
It’s a great event because it shines a light on players who compete in the shadows. So here’s a look at Arlington’s five-man team:
Rob Barbieri, Senior: He’s a three-year starter and an emerging leader for the 2012 team
Devin Tasciotti, Senior: The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder started at offensive tackle opposite big Erik Kuklinski, who committed to Columbia
Dan Pelish, Senior: He’s going into his second year as a starter
Pat Guerra, Senior: He’s developed rapidly in just his second year as a football player and will likely play on defense
Jeff Cohen, Junior: He’s coming up from the JV and has emerged in the competition this offseason
Here’s the complete final standings for this year’s Lineman Challenge:
2012 Lineman Challenge at Carmel
1. Arlington 1 – 60
2. FDR-Hyde Park 1 – 58
3. Our Lady of Lourdes – 34
4. Brewster – 32
5. Putnam Valley – 22
6. Newburgh 1 – 20
7. Wallkill 1 – 16
8. Cornwall 1 – 14
T9. Poughkeepsie 1 – 12
T9. Dover 1 – 12
11. Red Hook 2 – 10
T12. Red Hook 1 – 4
T12. Cornwall 2 – 4
14. Carmel 2 – 2
These teams participated, but did not compile any points: Carmel 1, Arlington 2, Nanuet 2, Wallkill 2, Panas, John Jay-East Fishkill, Nanuet 1, Pleasantville 1, Poughkeepsie 2, Arlington 3, FDR-Hyde Park 2, Newburgh 2, Pleasantville 2, Dover 2, Pleasantville 3
A few other tidbits I picked up Saturday:– Arlington RB Parker Howard has officially been ruled ineligible for his senior season. Despite attending just three years of high school at Arlington, Howard has been a high-school eligible student for four years. He is not eligible to play this fall. It’s obviously a crushing blow for the Admirals. Howard emerged as one of the section’s top players as a junior. He rushed for 1,460 yards and 12 touchdowns. – North Rockland seniors John Dapolito and Nick Connell have garnered Division I and II interest. Dapolito did not attend yesterday’s 7 on 7 because he was away visiting a school. The all-county FB/LB has received interest as a LB from Stony Brook, Wagner, Albany and UMass.
Connell, an all-county RB/LB, will be used as the featured back this season, according to coach Tom Lynch. He is not as big as Dapolito, however, and has been recruited primarily as a defensive back by Wagner and Southern Connecticut.– Eric Favors, who was a dominant nose tackle as a freshman for North Rockland, participated with the team at yesterday’s event. However, he has considered transferring to St. Joe’s of Montvale, which would obviously be a major loss for the Red Raiders (and Section 1 football). Favors would likely start on defense and play offensive guard. Despite boasting perhaps the section’s most returning talent after last year’s Class AA championship, North Rockland’s offensive line if its most depleted unit with only Joey Scheffold returning as a starter. It could sure use a player like Favors. – Somers has an interesting option at QB in John Decker. The senior is a star guard on the Tuskers’ basketball team, who, as you can see from my last post, is among those in competition for the final roster of Hudson Valley’s team at the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival.
Decker played football through his sophomore year, but did not play as a junior. That talented passer has returned and inserted himself in competition to earn time at QB for Somers.– North Rockland will host Clarkstown North, Suffern, Tappan Zee and Spring Valley at its camp from Wednesday to Saturday from 3-8 p.m.