Woodlands coach Mike Meade and his son Frank Meade, an assistant coach, will likely miss Friday’s Class C state quarterfinal game against O’Neill. Meade’s other son, Mike, has his wedding on Friday in Monroe. Frank, who calls Woodlands’ defense, is the best man.
“I’m probably not going to be a part of it,” said Meade, whose team beat Rye Neck 35-0 on Sunday to reach the first state tournament in program history. “We have to decide that my son is more important than the game. That’s my son.”
Woodlands had hoped the game would be moved to Sunday at Mahopac High School. Section 1 had already been forced to move the Class A state quarterfinal to Sunday when the arrival of Hurricane Sandy crunched the Class A schedule. Section 1 football chairman believed the Class C game would join it, both to benefit the Meades if Woodlands won, which it did, and so the section would only need the facility once rather than twice.
“Basically, I thought we could do that to help the situation,” Scarpulla said.
Woodlands athletic director Matt Smith called Section 9 football chairman John Ford last week and Ford said Section 9 was willing to play the Class C game Sunday.
“I thought everything was being moved because of the storm,” Ford said. “This game has been scheduled for Friday since last March.”
As recently as yesterday, Woodlands hoped the schedule could be adjusted. It received word from Section 1 today that the game will remain on Friday.
“I was told that since it was scheduled for the ninth (of November), it would be played on the ninth,” Smith said. “That’s what it keeps coming back to.”
Meade and his son have considered their alternatives, including coaching just the first half, a plan they decided wasn’t feasible. The wedding ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 on Friday in Monroe with the reception beginning at 6.
“I’ve already Googled how long it would take to get to Monroe from Mahopac. It’s 49 miles without traffic,” Meade said.
“I don’t think there’s a time that really works, unless it was 10 in the morning,” he added.
Meade said his former Roosevelt assistant Bucky Meier would call the defense. Meier joined the staff as a volunteer late in the regular season. He had served on Meade’s staff when Roosevelt won the Class A championship in 2009.
Assistant coach Anthony Fava will continue his role as the team’s offensive play caller. Meade said he and his coaches will meet tonight to determine who will be the team’s primary decision-maker against O’Neill.
“The good thing about it is, it’s game 10,” Meade said. “These kids have been programmed. Our defense is the same and the kids are prepared already.”