Arlington High School’s John Dubzinski has been recognized as the New England Patriots high school coach of the week after his team beat Belmont this past Friday 42-6 in Arlington. The Spy Ponders were able to score on all five of their first half-possessions and shut out the Belmont offense until the fourth quarter, bringing the team to its current 4-0 record.
Along with the award for Dubzinski, Arlington High School's football program was awarded $1,000 from the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. But the football team also received another pleasant surprise.
Former Patriot and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett paid the team a visit. Tippett, as the Patriots’ executive director of community affairs, oversees the coach of the week program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s dedication to youth football initiatives.
“Congratulations to Coach John Dubzinski and his team,” Tippett said in a statement. “The Arlington High School offense was unstoppable on Friday night, scoring six straight touchdowns to take a commanding 42-0 lead that their defense never relinquished. They are 2-0 in league play and 4-0 overall. This was a great win for the Spy Ponders.”
Tippett’s visit to Arlington can be seen on the Patriots weekly television magazine show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately afterward on Patriots.com.
For the third year in a row, Tippett will personally visit the schools involved in the program and the Patriots will accept nominations for high school coach of the week. But at the end of the season, only one high school coach will be recognized as the New England Patriots high school coach of the year, receiving an extra $2,000 for their school’s football program.
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