To look ahead to the 2011 season, I’ve decided we’ll spend each morning this week ranking the best games of the upcoming Section 1 football season. It started Monday morning with a look at Week 1, and followed Tuesday with a look at Week 2.
We’ll focus on one week per day. Week 3 will be featured today. If you need to take a peek at each’s team’s schedule, you can find it here. For your reference, the first game is Week 1, the second is Week 2 and so on.
Now, below is a look at the highlights from Week 3. Lots of solid matchups, but kind of slim pickings at the top after the first game.
I hope you’ll evaluate the schedule along with me, so please feel free to add your own opinion about what I’m right, why I’m wrong or why you would have ranked them differently.
The best from Week 3 —
1. New Rochelle at Carmel: A potential championship game preview? Mmm, not so fast. But certainly Carmel will enter 2011 with a chance to challenge New Rochelle and others for Section 1 supremacy. The Rams caught New Ro early in the season three years ago. Could history repeat itself?
2. Tuckahoe at Bronxville: Trust me. There will be few regular-season games this fall that will attract more statewide attention then this one. Why? Because it is exceedingly rare for two state champions to meet. It is even rarer when they are located just a warm-up jog from one another inside the same town proper. Yes, many of the stars are gone, but that won’t sap this matchup of all its intrigue.
3. Nyack at Horace Greeley: This is probably a more intriguing matchup than No. 2, but it doesn’t pit two state champs against one another. It also doesn’t count toward the playoffs, squeezing some juice out of a game between two of Class A’s finest.
4. Mahopac at Arlington: I don’t know who will be on the field because both teams graduated a slew of seniors and have a lot to replace. But this is a rematch of one of 2010’s best regular season games, one won on a TD pass with under two minutes to play and a fake extra point. That Mahopac win was one of many dramatic moments during a remarkable season. Can these old AA-North foes recapture some of that fourth quarter magic when they reconvene?
5. Rye at Ossining: Don’t forget: Rye met Ossining in its first game in Class A two years ago, a game the Garnets won to announce their arrival. Ossining won’t forget that, and will hope its improved team is good enough by Week 3 to exact some revenge.
White Plains at Clarkstown North: Two Class AA playoff teams from 2010. ‘Nuff said.
Poughkeepsie at Eastchester The grind continues for these teams in Class A.
Croton-Harmon at Our Lady of Lourdes: Class B final preview? Expect Lourdes coach Brian Walsh to build off last year’s success. He could prove that here.
Dobbs Ferry at Hastings: One of the section’s top small-school rivalries, but Hastings will have been hurt by graduation.