Joe Cipp Jr. stood with his hands on his hips and soaked it all in. His Bellport football team had just beaten host Newfield, 30-15, to move into next week's title game in Suffolk's Division II. The win was especially significant in that it tied Cipp Jr. with former Comsewogue coach Tom Cassese as the all-time wins leader in Suffolk at 209.
"He's proud of the accomplishment but he really doesn't like all the attention," said his son Joe Cipp III, Bellport's offensive coordinator. "It's quite an achievement."
Cipp's record in 32 years now stands at 209-87-3 for a .704 winning percentage. He's led the Clippers to nine county titles and four Long Island crowns.