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Week 7 Coach of the Week: Tom Lynch, North Rockland

Every week, Josh Thomson will select a Coach of the Week from the previous weekend’s games. To send suggestions, contact Josh via e-mail at jthomson@lohud.com or on Twitter @lohudinsider.

Tom Lynch (in gray) watches his team during North Rockland's game at New Rochelle High School on Sept. 3, 2016. Lynch was named the Varsity Insider Week 7 Coach of the Week.

Tom Lynch (in gray) watches his team during North Rockland’s game at New Rochelle High School on Sept. 3, 2016. Lynch was named the Varsity Insider Week 7 Coach of the Week.

Varsity Insider Week 7 Coach of the Week —

Tom Lynch, North Rockland: Of all the teams that advanced from last weekend’s qualifying round of the Section 1 playoffs, Lynch’s almost certainly faced the toughest opponent. Clarkstown North was one two-point conversion from entering the postseason 5-1 and on the strength of a five-game winning streak. Not only that, but it had been North Rockland that snapped that streak when it stopped the Rams short of the goal line to win in overtime, 35-34, the previous week.

As they had been most of the season, the Red Raiders were gashed on the ground that game, but Lynch’s defense provided a lot more resistance in the rematch. North Rockland forced three turnovers and proved to be especially strong in the shadow of its end zone. Afterward, Lynch said it was the best defensive performance by his team all season.

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Lynch also made a difficult decision prior to the game when he elevated sophomore Jeff Abrams to starting quarterback. That moved starter Dylan Senatore to wide receiver. Both players had a positive impact at their new positions and still have plenty of room to grow.

It’s been a transitional year for Lynch and his staff. The team is just 4-3, but it has integrated a four-receiver offense after so many years of being based primarily on a power running game. The Red Raiders have found some playmakers in Jayden Cook, Bradley Garland, Lamar Seward and others and could be poised to challenge top-seeded Arlington in Friday night’s quarterfinals.

Previous Coach of the Week winners:

Week 1: Fred DiCarlo, Eastchester

Week 2: Mike Meade, Woodlands

Week 3: Paul Santavicca, Port Chester

Week 4: Tony Becerra, Pleasantville

Week 5: Ed Mulvihill, Brewster

Week 6: Mike Scarpelli, Clarkstown South

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