Varsity Insider Week 3 Coach of the Week —
Paul Santavicca, Port Chester: The last time Port Chester had a winning season was 2010. Even then, the 6-3 Rams played in Section 1’s alternative league. They haven’t been above .500 against regular Section 1 competition in over a decade.
In just his second season at the helm, Santavicca has Port Chester pointed in the right direction. The former Yorktown football and lacrosse star guided his team to a dramatic 15-14, come-from-behind victory on Saturday at Ketcham. That left the Rams sitting at 2-1 after a close loss to Fox Lane and wins on the road at Ossining and Ketcham.
Santavicca’s team trailed Ketcham 14-0 at halftime, but the Rams cut that lead in half on Jason Wiley’s touchdown run in the third quarter. They pulled within 14-9 on a safety early in the fourth quarter, then finally went in front on Shawn Blackburn’s 33-yard reverse for a touchdown with 2:26 to play.
Port Chester needed one last stop, but the defense forced Ketcham into a turnover on downs at the Rams’ 37 with just under 1 minute remaining. Santavicca’s team will look to improve to 3-1 this week when it hosts 3-0 Spring Valley at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
(Note: Yes, Paul looks young in that photo. It’s his all-star lacrosse photo from 2005 when he was a senior!)
Previous Coach of the Week winners:
Week 1: Fred DiCarlo, Eastchester
Week 2: Mike Meade, Woodlands