After each week this football season, I will name the Varsity Insider Player of the Week and Coach of the Week and also identify some of the other top performances. Submit your suggestions on Twitter @lohudinsider or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read about previous award winners at the bottom of this post.
Game Balls, Week 4
Player of the Week
Nick Lancia, Fox Lane: The senior has been a workhorse all season and that continued in Friday’s 29-21 home win over White Plains. Lancia carried the ball a whopping 39 times and gained 267 yards and two touchdowns as the Foxes improved to 3-1 on the season. Lancia has 511 yards and five touchdowns in the three Fox Lane wins.
The rest of the Top 10
2. Kyle Murphy, Pearl River: Murphy finished with 113 yards rushing and 190 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns as unbeaten Pearl River rallied from two touchdowns down to beat Harrison, 34-28 in OT. Oh yeah, Murphy also ended a Harrison possession in overtime with an interception.
3. Matt Catalano, Brewster: The senior QB went 14 for 26 for 211 yards and rushed for another 117 and a score. He also threw the winning two-point pass to Jeremy Meissner as the Bears edged John Jay in OT, 51-50.
4. Ori Jean-Charles, Spring Valley: The junior transfer displayed his vast talent in Spring Valley’s 34-27 win over Byram Hills. He rushed 18 times for 112 yards and threw for 206 yards and four touchdowns. That included three to Dajon Russell, who had his second straight three-touchdown game.
5. Clarkstown North offensive line: The O-line paved the way for a huge day on the ground. The Rams piled up 336 yards rushing as a team in their 27-13 defeat of Mamaroneck. That included 100-yard nights for Kyle O’Neill and Michael Porco.
6. Kwashon Correa, Carmel: Correa continued his terrific senior season, rushing for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and returning a kickoff 95 yards in Carmel’s 28-14 defeat of North Rockland. After moving here from Pennsylvania midway through last season, Correa has led the Rams to a 4-0 start.
7. Mike Ferrara, Valhalla: In one of the bigger wins of the week, Valhalla upset Putnam Valley 25-24 on a late field goal block by James Flaherty. Ferrara helped put his team in that position, rushing for another 168 yards and two TDs. The Vikings are now 4-0.
8. Nick Sutherland, Bronxville: Sutherland was a terror on defense, recording 14 tackles and four sacks as the Broncos beat YMA, 41-8.
9. Jason Holland, Somers: The senior caught three passes for 82 yards, including what proved to be the touchdown. He also was a key part of Somers’ second-half shutout and returned an interception for another score in the 38-21 comeback win over Yorktown.
10. Greg Powell, New Rochelle: The senior QB continued to show his improvement, going 10 for 14 for 190 yards and three scores as New Ro won impressively at Arlington, 33-6.
Honorable mention: Hen Hud’s Mike Smith rushed just five times, but he gained 163 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 68 yards and a score as Hen Hud defeated Pelham, 40-7, to earn its first win. … Joe Caviciuti emerged from a balanced backfield rotation, rushing for 130 yards and all four touchdowns as Mahopac ran away from Greeley, 38-6. … Romarch Smith had 260 all-purpose yards, including kickoff returns of 81 and 87 yards for touchdowns in Gorton’s 44-18 defeat of rival Roosevelt. … John Arcidiacono rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns, threw for 103 yards and also returned an interception for another score as Eastchester beat Sleepy Hollow, 32-7. … Kyle Teneyck had 161 yards and a touchdown rushing and caught another score as Albertus blanked Edgemont, 27-0. … Nanuet’s Jordan Landsman was integral at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball in his team’s 12-0 win over visiting Westlake. He had a sack and helped limit Westlake to just 58 yards rushing. … Antonio Rogliano had 3 1/2 sacks and Andrew Schultz had a pair of interceptions in Eastchester’s 32-7 win at Sleepy. … Kyle Cristello had 23 carries for 182 yards and a touchdown in Ossining’s 28-14 defeat of Port Chester. … Brandon Twguns had 85 yards and two touchdowns rushing, threw a touchdown and had an interception on defense as Haldane picked up its first win at Pawling, 26-6. … Will Cotter threw for 125 yards and three touchdowns as Hackley raced out early and went on to beat Tuckahoe, 30-20. … Lou Filippelli finished 19 for 34 for 264 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 14 times for 53 yards and two scores in Byram Hills’ 34-27 defeat at Spring Valley.
Coach of the Week, Week 4
Tony DeMatteo, Somers: There were several worthy coaches this week, but I’m not sure any faced the long odds DeMatteo did. Somers had been so battered by injury that it suffered one of the worst losses of DeMatteo’s long career last week, getting drubbed 40-3 at Lourdes. Making matters worse, the Tuskers’ next opponent was Yorktown, which had already beat Lourdes, at Lourdes, by two touchdowns. When Somers fell behind 21-7 at half, it seemed to be an even bigger longshot. Instead, the Tuskers pulled a 180, scoring 31 unanswered points in the second half to win 38-21.
2015 Award Winners —
Week 1: Rashon McNeil, New Rochelle (POTW); Steve Yurek, Yonkers Montessori (COTW)
Week 2: Jose Boyer, Yorktown (POTW); Tony Becerra, Pleasantville (COTW)
Week 3:Mat Bruno, Rye (POTW); Andy DiDomenico, Tappan Zee (COTW)