Varsity Insider Week 6 Coach of the Week —
Mike Scarpelli, Clarkstown South: What Scarpelli and his coaching staff accomplished this week wasn’t easy. They were faced with arguably their second toughest game to date, a game that would go a long way in determining where they were seeded, how many home playoff games they hosted and how manageable their path forward was this postseason. Of course, those things only amounted to some of their concerns. Scarpelli had also faced a health scare during their last game and was nowhere close to 100 percent as the Vikings prepared to host Scarsdale last Friday.
What could’ve been either a distraction or an excuse for a letdown was anything but. Clarkstown South needed some fumble luck early on, but the team really gathered steam as the game progressed. The Vikings finally put their feet down in the fourth quarter as they pulled away from Scarsdale convincingly.
Credit Scarpelli and his coaches for their preparation. Despite the head coach being understandably distracted during the week, Scarpelli and his staff seemed cool, calm and collected on the sideline, especially during the early minutes when the defense allowed the Raiders to move the ball and the offense sputtered.
It was one of those weeks where it probably helps to have former head coaches John Naughton and Scott Saunders (both from Byram Hills) on staff. What is even more clear is that South couldn’t be more pleased with the result — the No. 3 seed in Class AA and possibly two playoff games at home.
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