Foxborough, Mass. – Plymouth South High School's Scott Fry has been named this week's New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week in recognition of his team's 13-12 comeback, last second victory over previously unbeaten Nauset High School on Friday, Nov. 9. The win clinches the Atlantic Coast title for the first time in school history. Following a Nauset touchdown with 40 seconds left in the game, Fry called a hook-and-ladder play on third down with 20 seconds remaining that resulted in a 62-yard game-winning touchdown. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Plymouth South High School's football program in Fry's name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.
Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team's executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Fry and his team on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Plymouth South High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team's weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.
This is the 17th year in which the Patriots join the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's commitment to youth football initiatives.
"What an outstanding play call and excellent team execution of the hook-and-ladder play to pull out a victory by Coach Fry and the Panthers," Tippett said "I'm thrilled to present this award to Coach Fry and his team following an emotional and historic victory. I could still sense the team's excitement during my visit. The Patriots are proud to reward Coach Fry and Plymouth South High School with a donation to the football program and we wish them luck throughout the playoffs."
At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school's football program.
In 2011, Tippett decided to take the award on the road so he could visit the schools that benefit from the program. In previous years, Tippett has invited the Coach of the Week and senior captains for a visit to Gillette Stadium. This year is also the second year the Patriots will accept nominations for High School Coach of the Week. Anyone who knows a high school football coach in New England who has a great week or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to submit a nomination to email@example.com.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.
Captains pictured in attached photo (left to right): Connor Rossi, Dillan Halpin, Derek Anderson, Jason Lamb.