He won his 100th game as Pompton Lakes’s head football coach Friday night, but anyone who knows anything about Scott Mahoney knows his impact goes way beyond wins and losses on the gridiron.
In an era where multi-sport athletes are almost as extinct as the dinosaurs, Mahoney continues to stand out as an even rarer multi-sport coach with longevity and a history of excellence on his side.
On Friday night, Mahoney notched his 100th win when the Cardinals defeated Elmwood Park, 37-6, behind a four-touchdown performance by junior quarterback Mike Eberhart.
With the win, Mahoney moved to 100-51 in his 15th season as head coach after serving as an assistant at Pompton Lakes for 11 years under Garry Luciani.
“I’ve had good coaches and good players so I feel very fortunate to have been here as long as I have,” said Mahoney, who has also led the school’s wrestling team for 25 years and until recently coached lacrosse, too. “It’s a great place to be. I was handed a great situation.”
Mahoney led Pompton Lakes to three straight sectional titles during a storied run from 2011-2013 when the Cardinals went 33-3 combined. Overall, Mahoney’s teams have reached the playoffs 10 times and own six division and four sectional titles (’05, ’11, ’12 and ’13).
The win Friday pulled Pompton Lakes to 3-2 as the Passaic County school prepares for last divisional game of the year next Saturday when it hosts Harrison (3-3) in a North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Liberty Division showdown.