To look ahead to the 2011 season, I’ve decided we’ll spend each morning (or, in this case, afternoon) this week ranking the best games of the upcoming Section 1 football season. It started Monday morning with a look at Week 1, through yesterday’s look at Week 4.
As you know by now, we’ll focus on one week per day. On tap for today is Week 5. 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.
Let’s now look at the highlights from Week 5.
Please take some time to evaluate the schedule along with me. 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 5 —
1. New Rochelle at Mahopac: This is No. 1 because it’s April and we’re still a couple months away from having a serious idea of where teams stand. Chance are, by Week 5, this won’t be the most intriguing game. Right now, however, it is. It’s a rematch of last year’s Class AA championship game and will be played on the same turf (likely under the lights on a Friday night) at Mahopac. Regardless of the outcome, it will be a great setting for high school football, so it earns the top spot.
2. Somers at Nyack: This was the only other game I considered for No. 1. It will pit two of Section 1’s top coaches against one another. Not only are Tony DeMatteo and John Castellano noted winners, they are also very close. Castellano will have another chance to face his teacher.
3. Horace Greeley at John Jay: They are not the fiercest of Section 1 rivals, but they are rivals all the same. No doubt, John Jay will be amped to produce a better showing than last season, when Greeley rushed for over 400 yards and held the vaunted John Jay offense to negative yardage in the second half. It was a performance that turned me away from John Jay until very late in the season. No doubt the Indians will approach the game with something to prove, which could make for some good football.
4. Yorktown at Carmel: With the size and ability of Yorktown’s returning linemen and Carmel’s history of plugging big players in up front, this could be a physical game played between some big boys. Also, an interesting matchup for Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno, who will coach against his alma mater and on the field where he was a star.
5. Scarsdale at Ketcham: This is a rematch of one of the better regular season games from a year ago. Scarsdale made a name for itself by opening with a win over Ketcham. There was also a scrum late in the game the produced suspensions, so you would both sides will have that in mind when they return to the same field.
Harrison at Ossining: These teams played a good Class A championship game once upon a time and feature two of the more intense coaches in the section.
Croton-Harmon at Edgemont: Edgemont posed a challenge for Croton a year ago, especially in the playoffs.