Varsity Insider Week 2 Coach of the Week —
Mike Meade, Woodlands: So much can change from one season to the next in high school football, but the turnaround accomplished by Meade and his staff was especially remarkable. Their team opened this season Sunday against the same opponent that ended its last one, Dobbs Ferry, which routed Woodlands 35-0 in last year’s Class C championship game. Although the rematch wasn’t exactly for a Section 1 title, Woodlands achieved a small measure of revenge, blanking the Eagles 33-0.
2015 rewind: Dobbs Ferry beats Woodlands 35-0 for Class C title
The Falcons (1-0) were especially strong on defense — Meade’s specialty — and basically kept the Dobbs offense at a standstill while building a 27-0 halftime lead. The offense took advantage of quality field position all game and it resulted in five touchdowns.
Amari Bilal (11 tackles) and Mbaba Sow (9 tackles, forced fumble, sack) led the defensive effort. The season-opening shutout will go a long way in establishing Woodlands as the early favorite in Class C, which is small but filled with quality programs that have had success statewide. In fact, the only four Class C teams in Section 1 (Woodlands, Dobbs, Bronxville, Rye Neck) have each won a Section 1 title in the last six seasons. All but Woodlands have at least reached the Carrier Dome in that span and both Bronxville (2010) and Dobbs (2011) won state titles.
Being Class C’s best in Section 1 is significant, and Meade’s team went a long way toward staking that claim on Sunday.
Previous Coach of the Week winners:
Week 1: Fred DiCarlo, Eastchester