COACH OF THE WEEK, Week 3
Dino Garr, Rye: If you saw the first half of Saturday’s game at Sleepy Hollow, you’d know why Garr was the pick. Just based on the eye test alone, Rye did not look like the better team. Forget about the fact that Sleepy led, 21-17, or that most of Rye’s points could be traced to Sleepy’s special teams mistakes, most notably a fumbled punt snap deep in its own territory.
That all changed in the second half, as if two entirely different teams showed up. Rye scored on the third play of its first possession, and on the second play of another. The defense turned up the pressure on Joey Good and made a major impact in the 38-21 victory.
I know Garr himself was impressed. Last week, he expressed plenty of worry, wondering if his Garnets would be ready to face a tough opponent he respected after playing such a draining game against Harrison. Their answer was obvious, but a lot of it had to do with the halftime adjustments of Garr and his staff. They worked wonders, turning a game that was up for grabs into a go-away win on the road.
Rob Cappelli, Lakeland: Cappelli’s team nursed a slew of injuries on Friday night and played on the road at rival Panas, which was jumping for the game. Still, Lakeland led early and led throughout, surviving a rash of penalties in the first half and then a Panas team with a history of crafting comebacks. The Hornets won 21-9 and are already in decent position to grab a playoff berth at 2-1. Their only loss was to unbeaten Rye, and they will earn some power points for beating 2-0 Panas.