The games were so great this week. On another week, another day, a handful of coaches would’ve been worthy of this award. But there’s only one whose team rallied from a four-touchdown deficit to win.
Week 2: Coach of the Week
Art Troilo, Harrison – For two-plus quarters Friday night, John Jay had done whatever it wanted to Harrison in one of the most anticipated games of the season. Two plays typify that: John Jay’s fourth-down risk just before halftime and its fake punt early in the third quarter. Had either play failed, it would’ve given the Huskies an undeserved boost of momentum in a game where they had none. Instead, both decisions worked perfectly and led to touchdowns. At the time, it appeared the Indians could do whatever they wanted. Worse for Harrison, they knew it and behaved accordingly.
Normally, when a team is being outplayed to that extent, it either folds or simply runs out the clock to fight another day. Under Troilo’s guidance, Harrison decided it couldn’t wait for another day. The Huskies went on to score four straight touchdowns and actually could’ve had five were it not for a couple mistakes midway through their comeback.
Specifically, Troilo showed faith in quarterback Vin Nicita and his receivers, even when Harrison had cut it to a one-score game with plenty of time to play. But, in a general sense, Troilo deserves praise because his players kept playing in a game where all appeared lost. Sometimes, that can be more of a testament to a coach’s worth than X’s and O’s. This was certainly one of those instances.