Each week, I will honor a coach for making a difference the previous week.
This week, it was a tough decision between two coaches who pulled off surprising upsets. Both won by two touchdowns over a favored opponent. And just how favored were Somers and North Rockland? Well, of the 24 people who picked games in our picks’ contest, only four picked Yorktown and only two picked Scarsdale. (Congrats to “Glydino,” who picked both. … So, hey, who do you like this weekend?)
COACH OF THE WEEK, Week 2
Mike Rescigno, Yorktown: This was a very tough call, but here’s why I went with Rescigno. Somers entered the season as the Class A favorite by most accounts. It’s apparent strength was in the run game, where it returned four of its top backs, including its two best from last season’s championship team. Well, Yorktown made sure that it was the team with the advantage on the ground.
It wasn’t just that the ‘Huskers won, it was the nature by which they won. They dominated at the line of scrimmage and essentially beat Somers at its own game. It was an impressive turn of events for Rescigno and his team, which now has to be taken very seriously as a Class A contender.
Andy Verboys, Scarsdale: This is an easy one. The Raiders played as well as you can play in the first half, dominating in all phases en route to a 28-7 lead. They went on to beat North Rockland 28-15 and prove that they had the playmakers (namely James Nicholas and QB Giancarlo Cugini) to beat a top opponent.
Last year it was New Rochelle, this year North Rockland. Scarsdale has also qualified for the playoffs in four of the last five seasons. This might be the year Verboys’ team is primed to take the next step and win when it gets there.