MITCH TULLAI, of St. Paul's, is my choice for MSA football Coach of the Year. Tullai took a young team with a sophomore quarterback, Chas Offutt, and three sophomore defensive backs, including Joey Unitas, John's son, and posted an 8-1 record, including a marvelous come-from-behind 8-7 win over Boys' Latin last week.
Says Tullai, who is in his 38th year coaching the Crusaders -- and who suffered a serious heart attack three years ago -- "This was an exhilarating experience as a coach. I'm proud of the way these kids hung in there until they could score. We'll wind up being either co-champions or tri-champs of our league [MSA C Conference]. We didn't expect this. The team just got a little bit better each week."
* Not all ex-pro football players encourage their sons to play the game. Ken Huff, who played 12 years with the Baltimore Colts and Washington Redskins, won't allow his high school-aged boy to play football. Says Huff, who's in the building business in the Washington area: "There's no struggle within the family over this. My son saw me in enough casts to know what football can be like."