THE BIG 10
North Rockland at Ramapo, 7 p.m.: Although there may not be a league title on the line, playoff implications make this game between Rockland rivals a pivotal one. The Red Raiders have several injuries to deal with — Darius Favors, Ryan Higgins, Terrell Smith — but they should play enough defene against Ramapo’s inconsistent offense to win. PREDICTION: North Rockland, 24-12.
Fox Lane at Ossining, 7 p.m.: After an 0-2 start, Ossining can vault itself back into playoff contention with a victory here. The O has already faced what may be the league’s top team, Scarsdale, and could position itself atop the league. But Fox Lane has a lot at stake itself. The Foxes were stunned last week by Yorktown and Alex Terry and must now atone if they hope to qualify for the playoffs, too. The game could be a high-scoring one, but I think Fox Lane’s a little better all around at this point. PREDICTION: Fox Lane, 27-22.
John Jay-East Fishkill at Mahopac, 7 p.m.: About seven days ago this seemed like a potential roadblock for the Indians, but the outlook (at least mine) changed when John Jay struggled last week against Arlington. The Patriots will be eager to rebound, but Mahopac isn’t the type of team to bounce back against. PREDICTION: Mahopac, 28-10.
Poughkeepsie at Somers, 7 p.m.: This game is eagerly anticipated for many reasons, all of which make it so difficult to call. Neither team has played a great opponent so far, leaving their actual ability as an unknown. They also were both very strong last year but lost a great deal of talent. Both appear to have reloaded in hopes of contending for a league title, but Poughkeepsie enters with more experience. Do the Pioneers have more firepower, too? We don’t know that either, but we’ll soon find out. PREDICTION: Poughkeepsie 19-14.
Nyack at Roosevelt, 1:30 p.m.: To me, this smacks of a bad matchup for Roosevelt. The defending Class A champs are built for a wide open game where they’re asked to execute big plays. Nyack won’t give them that kind of space or play at that kind of pace. I expect a constant push forward from the Indians, who will win more and more of those collisions at the line of scrimmage as the game wears on. PREDICTION: Nyack, 28-7.
Clarkstown South at Carmel, 1:30 p.m.: Maybe it’s because I wrote about them this week, but something tells me the Rams are primed for a run here. They have found their identity through three games and sounds now like it has made them more comfortable. But Clarkstown South won’t be easily dispatched. Like Carmel, the Vikings could be 3-0. PREDICTION: Carmel, 24-13.
Edgemont at Kennedy, 1:30 p.m.: With the way their leaguemates have looked, Edgemont and Kennedy may play for third place in the league here. Sure, both sit at just 1-2, but both have played arguably the two top teams in the league in unbeaten Croton and Westlake. They will probably score better than they will defend. Right now, Edgemont has a stronger kicking game. Something small like that may be the difference. PREDICTION: Edgemont, 28-27.
Our Lady of Lourdes at Ardsley, 1:30 p.m.: Here’s Ardsley’s chance to jump into the Class B mix. The Panthers can take their season from a “nice” to “impressive” in the course of two hours. They will have to defend an offense capable of moving the ball but look capable. I expect a close game, but is Ardsley ready to finish? PREDICTION: Lourdes, 28-26.
Yorktown at Scarsdale, 7 p.m.: This one will have a college football feel to it. Up and down. Big plays. Touchdowns galore. Even though Scarsdale has shined so far during a 3-0 start, it’s defense has been susceptible to allowing points. But right now there’s no reason to believe Scarsdale doesn’t have more offensive production. It may be wild, but I like the Raiders to move to 4-0. PREDICTION: Scarsdale, 35-21.
Iona Prep at Holy Cross, 2 p.m.: For once, Iona Prep enters a game with lowered expectations. Holy Cross is the second-ranked team in the CHSFL for a reason. The Crusaders lost 28-14 to St. Anthony’s and could prove to be the Friars closest challenger. But the improving Gaels could be closing in themselves. Iona may not win, but a strong showing will make it feel better the deeper it gets into the fall. PREDICTION: Holy Cross, 28-21.
Pelham 34, Putnam Valley 7
Dobbs Ferry 34, Valhalla 7
Rye 28, Spring Valley 6
Clarkstown North 28, Suffern 14
New Rochelle 35, Mamaroneck 8
Fordham Prep 28, Kellenberg 14
Stepinac 42, St. Peter’s 7
Hackley 17, Hopkins 12
Harvey 13, Horace Mann 6
Rye Country Day 22, St. Luke’s 7
Fieldston 27, Sacred Heart 14
Tappan Zee 20, Newport 7
Arlington 35, Ketcham 18
Eastchester 20, Sleepy Hollow 6
Mount Vernon 19, Lincoln 7
Hen Hud 17, Panas 7
Harrison 42, Saunders 0
Hastings 33, Haldane 14
Byram Hills 17, Beacon 14
Albertus Magnus 34, Pawling 20
Pearl River 27, Peekskill 12
Dover 7, Yonkers 6
Port Chester 27, Blind Brook 6
Woodlands 34, Riverside 13
John Jay 41, Brewster 21
Horace Greeley 31, Lakeland 13
Nanuet 35, Irvington 7
Westlake 22, Pleasantville 8
Croton-Harmon 35, Briarcliff 10
Tuckahoe 48, Lincoln Hall 8
Bronxville 42, Rye Neck 7
Mount St. Michael 22, Chaminade 14