Week 8 Coach of the Week —
Anthony Vitti, Mamaroneck: It’s a sweep for the Tigers, who also earned the top game ball of the week. Vitti did plenty to win this award throughout the 45-20 Class A quarterfinal victory at Scarsdale — and not just feed the ball to his star running back. Remember: His team actually started the game off slowly, falling behind 14-6 to Scarsdale, which tore down the field fairly easily twice. But Mamaroneck’s commitment to winning the line of scrimmage simply wore the Raiders down. The Tigers kept gaining more and more traction as the game continued, racking up 39 straight points to take a commanding 45-14 lead before Scarsdale scored on the final play.
Vitti’s team was well-schooled on Scarsdale’s triple-option, which never seemed to gain much momentum. (He said the Raiders were actually the third option team Mamaroneck faced this season.) The Tigers also did a nice job slowing down playmakers like James Nicholas and Thomas Cooke, who didn’t catch a pass. They kicked deep to Nicholas, but he consistently had to wait for rolling kickoffs, making it difficult to get going before the kicking team was on top of him.
In a broader view, this win meant so much to the program. Mamaroneck hadn’t won a playoff game since the dawn of the state playoffs in 1993. This was not a small accomplishment.
Mike Meade, Woodlands: In the most shocking result of the week, Woodlands upset top-seeded and Class C favorite Bronxville, 25-22, to send Meade’s team to its third straight Class C championship game. This is one I’m not sure anyone saw coming. The Falcons entered Saturday just 2-4 on the season, having lost to the other three playoff teams by an average of 19 ppg. Woodlands not rebounded from a 27-13 loss to Bronxville just two weeks ago, it led throughout. Even when the Broncos tried to rally late, Woodlands withstood them. Terrific job by the Falcons against a heavy, heavy favorite.