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 7
Player of the Week
Emerson Genovese, Mamaroneck: For the snake-bitten Tigers to win, apparently they needed something special. They got it from Genovese, the receiver/defensive back/returnman, who totaled a whopping 372 all-purpose yards in a 42-28 victory at Carmel in the Class AA qualifying round. Genovese racked up 186 yards receiving on 10 catches, returned an interception 70 yards for a score and had another 116 yards on kick returns. All night, he simply couldn’t be stopped.
The rest of the Top 10
2. Hunter Keech, John Jay: In a tight 37-35 win over Sleepy Hollow at Somers High School, Keech went 13 for 21 for 204 yards, a touchdown and rushed 26 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
3. Dillon Morley, Irvington: The senior had 22 carries for 253 yards and five touchdowns as Irvington topped Edgemont, 48-21.
4. The Scarsdale offensive line: The Raiders ran the ball so effectively that they needed to attempt just one pass all game in their 45-7 defeat of White Plains. Scarsdale totaled 358 yards on the ground, including 125 by Sam Squadron and 110 by Stephen Nicholas.
5. Anthony Napolitano, Bronxville: He had 20 carries for 204 yards and a touchdown as the Broncos beat Valhalla 27-8, handing the Vikings their first loss of the season.
6. Jose Boyer, Yorktown: The junior had 12 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown and went 5 for 7 for 113 yards and a TD as the Huskers blanked Beacon, 45-0.
7. Constantine George, Putnam Valley: The defensive tackle had a hand in 10 tackles as the Tigers held Croton to just 68 yards of offense. George was disruptive, forcing three fumbles and recording a sack.
8. Ryan Wolitzer, Rye Country Day: Wolitzer had 19 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including a long of 57 yards. He also had seven tackles and a sack as the Wildcats blanked Long Island Lutheran, 34-0.
9. Gio Maffei, Rye Neck: Maffei rushed 24 times for 179 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers topped Tuckahoe, 25-6.
10. Ori Jean-Charles, Spring Valley: The junior QB led Spring Valley to a 31-0 victory over district rival Ramapo. He threw for 170 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another 60 yards, one of them for a TD.
Honorable mention: Clarkstown South’s Kyle Samuels had 12 carries for 144 yards and a TD as the Vikings beat North Rockland, 14-2. … Messiah Horne rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns as Somers ran away from Byram Hills, 55-27. … Tyquell Fields finished 15 for 26 for 130 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 81 yards and a score as Stepinac beat St. Anthony’s, 49-32. Trill Williams also had a pair of interceptions, one of which he returned for a TD. … Jeremy Meissner led Brewster to a 35-13 victory over Panas with his effort on both sides of scrimmage. He rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries and played a key role at linebacker. … Jamie Chabot had 106 yards and three rushing touchdowns, all in the first half, as Rye rolled past Harrison, 34-6. … Keir Maley had 16 carries for 148 yards and two TDs as Lakeland beat Mount Vernon, 43-22. … Christian Donahoe rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns and had an interception in Mahopac’s 28-6 defeat of Greeley. … Marquan Anderson kicked the winning field goal in OT and caught a touchdown as Hen Hud topped Nyack, 23-20. … Javaun Smith caught three touchdowns from freshman Jack Howe as Pleasantville downed YMA, 40-16. … Elijah Ngbokoli had four catches for 129 yards and a score, rushed for 52 yards and recorded 13 tackles and an interception in Hackley’s 36-33 loss at Montclair Kimberly. … Richie Kirwin went 6 for 8 for 163 yards and four touchdowns as Saunders routed Yonkers, 56-0. … Paul Bloshuk Jr. went 20 for 41 for 262 yards and four touchdowns in Sleepy Hollow’s 37-35 loss to John Jay. … John Guido had 15 carries for 127 yards and three touchdowns as Eastchester romped over Tappan Zee, 48-0.
Coach of the Week, Week 7
Anthony Vitti, Mamaroneck and Mike Lynch, Hen Hud: Keep this in mind, ok? There were 24 qualifying round games this week in Classes AA, A and B. In those 24 games, the road teams were 2-22. Those two winners must’ve done something right, which is why both Vitti and Lynch were deserving as co-Coach of the Week.
Vitti’s team obviously succeed hitting the reset button after its 0-6 regular season. The Tigers led early and led throughout their 42-28 victory at 5-1 Carmel. Lynch and his team arrived at the same outcome in much different fashion. The Sailors needed to rally from a two touchdown deficit to sent the game to overtime. They won it 23-20 at Nyack on an OT field goal from Marquan Anderson.
Both Vitti and Lynch deserve credit for keeping their teams afloat after tough starts to the season. They will be much heavier underdogs this week, but both earned their chance at shocking the section.
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)
Week 4: Nick Lancia, Fox Lane (POTW); Tony DeMatteo, Somers (COTW)
Week 5: Lou Filippelli, Byram Hills (POTW); Tom Donahoe, Mahopac (COTW)
Week 6:Jibril Kapadia, Dobbs Ferry (POTW); Matt Mello, Putnam Valley (COTW)