This week’s Friday football feature was a fun story to write. The subject is one of the best guys and best quotes in local sports: Sleepy Hollow football coach Steve Borys.
Borys was a two-time all-Patriot League lineman at Fordham back in the mid-1990s and looks every bit the part: He’s 6-foot-3, 300 pounds and has a booming voice. But what you see with Borys on the sidelines isn’t exactly what you get. Sure, he’s a big dude, but he’s no menace. Borys just likes to have fun.
He’ll be having more of it during (and, he hopes, throughout) tonight’s game at Yorktown. The teams will meet in a Class A semifinal as Borys tries to guide his program to a Section 1 championship game for the fifth time in his 12 years as coach. As he did back in 2009, Borys plans to dress in costume for tonight’s game — a nod to Sleepy Hollow’s spooky tradition and its relationship to Halloween. On Halloween five years ago, Borys led his Headless Horsemen onto Parkway Field as “the Headless Horseman.” He smashed his head (a real pumpkin) against the locker room wall in a rousing pregame speech, and his team upset Pleasantville 28-19 behind a 300-yard day from Bobby Small.
Stunts like dressing up in costume are just part of what makes Borys so unique. He’s also developed a reputation at Eastchester High School as one of the highlights of its annual film festival.
Borys has played various roles in film production teacher Mike Goldstein’s short film that opens the festival. He once danced for nearly four minutes, practically step by step, in imitation of Christopher Walken. Hilarious. Watch it here.
Read my story from today for more on Borys, who is certainly an original. How so? How about this quote, one of my all-time favorites, which he issued prior to the 2012 Class A championship:
“Somers is a great team. DeMatteo is a legend. I travel on his parkway frequently.”