WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Mohegan Lake resident Mike Tartaglia, a two-way lineman for Archbishop Stepinac High School (White Plains), was named Player of the Week for Week 6 by the New York Catholic High School Football League.
Tartaglia’s dominating performance in the trenches helped lead the Crusaders to a 45-7 win over previously unbeaten Christ the King (Queens).
“It is a great honor to be recognized as NYCHSFL player of the week, especially with the great competition we face in our league each and every game,” Tartaglia said.
Tartaglia, a 6-foot-2-inch, 260-pound guard and defensive tackle, said his standout performance was made possible by his teammates.
“It’s great that a lineman can get some recognition for an award like this, because they rarely do,” he said.
The Division 1 prospect boasts a 3.9 grade-point-average and a 1390 SAT score. He is being actively recruited by nearly a dozen college football programs, including Ivy League and Patriot League schools.
Archbishop Stepinac has won the last two Catholic High School Football League and Catholic High School Athletic Association championships.
“Our team goal, as it always is, is to win the New York Catholic football state championship,” Tartaglia said. “For me personally, I want to be the best football player and teammate I can possibly be, but also hopefully earn an opportunity to play college football at an elite academic institution.”