A few of you have joked/complained lately about the short nature of Section 1’s regular season. Obviously, when you’re having fun, six games are over in a blink, but just think about this: There are only five games left that either will, or could, include a pair of undefeated teams.
Five. That’s it.
Among teams eligible for the playoffs, there are 13 unbeatens in Section 1. Throw in Tappan Zee and it makes 14 teams:
Amazing if you think about it, but very few of the above teams will meet. For example, two you’d expect to play do not. Nyack and Harrison and Greeley and Somers won’t meet during the regular season despite playing in the same leagues, so there go two potential unbeaten vs. unbeaten right there.
Here’s a look at the big five and what it will take for the teams to enter the game undefeated (as well as the chances of it happening):
Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Poughkeepsie (3-0) at Somers (3-0) —
What it will take: Nothing. This is the only guarantee on the list.
Significance: Somers hung nine TDs on the Pioneers two years ago in the Class A quarterfinals. Last year, Poughkeepsie repaid the unbeaten Tuskers, who had allowed just six points all season, by upsetting them in the quarters. So there’s a rivalry there. Plus, it could determine the league title.
Chances: 10 out of 10. If the teams aren’t unbeaten by game time, I owe everyone there Friday night a cheeseburger and hot chocolate (a.k.a. “The Mahopac Combo”).
Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m., White Plains (4-0) at New Rochelle (4-0) —
What it will take: Little out of the ordinary. White Plains (Gorton) and New Ro (Mamaroneck) have very winnable games this weekend.
Significance: Oh, I don’t know. A league title. It’s a generations-old rivalry. And based on the last 11 years of Class AA football, the winner will be the clear favorite to win the section.
Chances: 10 out of 10. If either team loses before next week it would be the upset of the year.
Oct. 9, 3 p.m., Westlake (4-0) at Croton-Harmon (4-0), 3 p.m. —
What it will take: Westlake meets a Pleasantville team that has scored just one offensive touchdown. Croton faces winless Briarcliff.
Significance: The league title should be at stake. Maybe even an unbeaten regular season in Class B for teams with Class C roots.
Chances: 9 out of 10. Either team could get a scare, but they should be fine.
Oct. 9, 4:30 p.m., Poughkeepsie (4-0) at Horace Greeley (4-0) —
What it will take: Poughkeepsie will have to win on the road at Somers this Friday night. Not an easy task. Greeley will have to beat a dangerous but inexperienced Lakeland team on Saturday.
Significance: If Poughkeepsie enters undefeated, the game would definitely be for a league title. Also, the winner would earn the unofficial title of least talked about 6-0 team in Class A. (Thanks to our Harrison and Nyack fans for that. Ha.)
Chances: 7 out of 10. Despite their records, Poughkeepsie seems like the favorite against Somers. It would be a stunner if Greeley didn’t make it to 4-0.
Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m., Bronxville (6-0) at Tuckahoe (6-0) —
What it will take: Bronxville meets arguably the three other best teams in Class C (Rye Neck, Hastings, Dobbs Ferry) but remains unchallenged and unscored upon. The Broncos should be fine. Tuckahoe would still need to beat Dobbs next week. That’s the one program the Tigers have never defeated under John D’Arco.
Significance: A league title, but this is far bigger than that. Bronxville will want to maintain its aura of invincibility around the section by producing a dominant performance against the best team on its schedule. But these schools are rivals. Until the Class D state semifinals (assuming they get there), the Tigers will not face a more meaningful afternoon of football.
Chances: 9 our of 10. Quite simply, both are on an absolute roll.