I went 8-0 last week. (Pausing for applause.) Let’s see if I can replicate it. (Warning: Don’t expect nearly as much homerism.)
Class D state semifinal, 4 p.m.: Tuckahoe 33, Moriah 13. The Tigers are too big and too athletic. They are primed for Syracuse.
Class A state semifinal, 8 p.m.: Harrison 21, Burnt Hills 14. In a matchup of running teams, the Huskies are my pick. Their running game is terrific. Plus, word is this Burnt Hills team is not quite at the level of the 2008-09 editions.
Class C state semifinal, 12 p.m.: Bronxville 28, Saranac Lake 7. Both teams have dominated all season. For the first time, Bronxville meets a team that has handled opponents just as easily as it has. But the Broncos are so big and talented.
CHSFL AA championship, 12 p.m.: Stepinac 35, Kellenberg 13. The Crusaders will add a second championship in four years to the winningest season in program history.
NEPSAC Bowl, 1 p.m.: Buckingham, Browne & Nichols 14, Rye Country Day 7. One thing is certain, that BB&N won’t explode on RCDS’ stout defense.
Class B state semifinal, 4 p.m.: Croton-Harmon 21, Schalmont 14. These teams will look similar. Schalmont hopes to prove it is more physical than when it struggled at the point of attack against Nanuet in last year’s state semis.
CHSFL AAA championship, 4 p.m.: St. Anthony’s 24, Iona Prep 21. I think it will be another outstanding game. Iona may even lead early on again. But the Friars, with impressive size and an 82-man roster, eventually wore the Gaels down. Iona’s challenge will be preventing that from happening again.
Class AA state semifinal, 8 p.m.: Troy 21, New Rochelle 17. This week, Troy reminds me of the Philadelphia Eagles. Off such a strong, eye-popping performance, people can’t help but rave, rave, rave. I don’t think the Section 2 champ has seen a defense like New Ro’s, but Troy sounds like it could be a once-in-a-decade type Class AA team for the Albany area.