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 [email protected] via e-mail [email protected]
You can read about previous award winners at the bottom of this post.
Game Balls, Week 6
Player of the Week
Jibril Kapadia, Dobbs Ferry: The senior has been productive all season, but he had perhaps his best day yet in Dobbs’ 41-6 victory at Tuckahoe. Kapadia rushed 25 times for 261 yards and three scores. He and the Eagles served Tuckahoe notice on the game’s first play — a 68-yard Kapadia TD run.
The rest of the Top 10
2. Amari Bilil, Woodlands: Bilal had another huge all-around day in his team’s 44-18 defeat of Rye Neck. He went 5 for 10 for 140 yards and a touchdown, rushed 24 times for 133 yards and a score and recorded nine tackles.
3. Michael Rolfe, Scarsdale: For the second straight week, the Raiders’ ground game was dominant in victory. This week, Rolfe led the way. The senior quarterback rushed 11 times for 184 yards and three scores and played a key role as Scarsdale shut out North Rockland, 28-0. Two of Rolfe’s touchdowns covered 82 and 50 yards.
4. John Arcidiacono, Eastchester: Johnny Arch had nine carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns and went 6 for 8 for 130 yards and three more scores as the Eagles, now 6-0, routed Hen Hud 55-13.
5. Joe Rodriguez, Carmel: With leading rusher Kwashon Correa limited with an ankle injury, the senior QB stepped up. He went 13 for 15 for 169 yards and a touchdown and also threw a two-point conversion. Rodriguez added another 54 yards on the ground in Carmel’s 27-13 defeat of Fox Lane.
6. Chase Pratt, Rye: Pratt rushed for a team-best 87 yards, including the winning touchdown in the third quarter of a 28-14 win at Harrison. Pratt, a linebacker, also recovered a key fumble — forced by Will Gladstone — just prior to his TD run and helped the Garnets post a second-half shutout.
7. Jack Abrams, Clarkstown North: The senior QB rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries and added 69 yards passing and a touchdown as the Rams blanked Ossining, 38-0.
8. Nick Santavicca, Yorktown: The senior rushed 25 times for 190 yards and two scores as Yorktown beat Beacon, 34-19.
9. Ian Ricketts Jr., Gorton: The Wolves earned a solid non-league win 36-16 at Long Island Lutheran behind 156 yards rushing and two sacks from the senior.
10. Hannes Boehning and Ryan Wolitzer, Rye Country Day: The duo combined for 229 yards and five touchdowns as Rye Country Day routed Hopkins, 41-7
Honorable mention: Brewster’s Jack Guida had 11 carries for 74 yards and four touchdowns and also caught three passes for 76 yards as his team rallied to beat Panas, 27-22. … Robert Palmieri had a key fourth-and-goal stop and a sack and recovered a fumble in Harrison’s 28-14 loss to Rye. … Malik Crawford had 13 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown in Stepinac’s 43-21 defeat of Cardinal Hayes. … Winston Britton returned a punt for a touchdown; had three receptions for 80 yards and a score; and had an interception in Hackley’s 41-14 defeat of Riverdale. … Matt Jung went 9 for 12 for 186 yards and three TDs in Clarsktown South’s 35-0 win at Greeley. … John Farley had 25 carries for 104 yards and three TDs in Pearl River’s 28-21 defeat of visiting Spring Valley. … Tom Smith had 132 yards and a touchdown and threw for another 81 yards and a TD as Harvey upset Dalton, 21-14.
Coach of the Week, Week 6
Matt Mello, Putnam Valley: In a Class B playoff race where every team not named Nanuet is pretty even, Putnam Valley moved itself forward significantly on Saturday night. The Tigers didn’t just defeat Pleasantville, they totally eliminated the Panthers’ running game. The Put Valley ‘D’ held Pleasantville to just 14 yards on 21 carries. The shutdown performance sent Mello’s team into the playoffs having defeated one of Class B’s best, 18-13.
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)