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, and continued throughout the week.
We’ll focus on one week per day. On tap for today is Week 6 — when the schedule seems to really heat up. This is when the rivalries start to pop up around the section.
For your reference, 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 6.
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 6 —
1. Rye at Harrison: All right. I guess we’ll go with this one as “The Game” for Week 6… Seriously though, it will be another good one. Both teams should be highly competitive. Rye will go for its ninth straight. Harrison will be desperate to snap the streak — plus avenge last year’s heartbreaker.
2. Carmel at Mahopac: Don’t look now, but the Indians have won the last two meetings after more than a decade of futility against their rivals. It looks like it could be Carmel’s turn after Mahopac lost so much to graduation, but you never really know in a rivalry like this.
3. Yorktown at White Plains: By this point in the season, we could be looking at an undefeated and highly-ranked White Plains team playing host to the very opponent that ended its season prematurely last year. Yes, the Tigers will be fired up.
4. Somers at Poughkeepsie: They have developed something of a rivalry in recent years because of the quality and importance of their games. This one should be no different. I think both enter the season with high expectations and should be contenders in Class A.
T5. Nanuet at Pearl River and Spring Valley at Ramapo: Two rivalries that have been renewed. Of course, Spring Valley and Ramapo are in the same school district, so the players will be very familiar with one another even though the teams have not played at the varsity level in recent years. The game for the Little Brown Jug is a rivalry renewed for a different reason entirely. In this case, Pearl River had really struggled to compete in recent years, but it surprised everyone with a dominating 20-0 victory in 2010.
Fox Lane at John Jay: It’s ranked lower because it’s a crossover that doesn’t count, but these teams are definitely rivals.
John Jay-East Fishkill at North Rockland: For a team trying to bounce back, North Rockland’s schedule is unrelenting.
New Rochelle at Scarsdale: The New Ro coaching staff hears Scarsdale could be good. By Week 6, it’ll know.
Port Chester at Mamaroneck: This rivalry means more than most know to these two schools.
Nyack at Eastchester: This was an offense-heavy show last year.