Through two days, the playoffs have provided some drama and excitement. New Rochelle and Lourdes can speak to the highs of it, White Plains and Irvington to the lows.
But…BUT…we’ve yet to see a genuine upset. Will it happen today? You’d have to figure at some point some underdog will rise up and win, right? And perhaps no day better than today, with rain, sleet and snow in the forecast. Lovely. I guess it’s time to bust out the rain gear.
I’m headed to Gould Park today for Dobbs Ferry-Woodlands. Afterward, I hope to shoot up to Valhalla for most of Croton-Briarcliff. We’ll also have a reporter at Bronxville-Blind Brook.
Of course, I’ll be back later with all the details. If you can’t wait that long, try me on Twitter @LoHudInsider or my colleague Mike Dougherty @hoopsmbd. If you have score updates to pass my way, feel free. Just tag your tweet @lohudinsider.
I’ve received several questions the last few days about what next week’s matchups look like. I have already outlined that on here in detail. For those of you who missed it, all of the potential matchups are below. I will update them later on, but you should be able to figure out who your team plays next by checking below.
Saturday’s games —
Hastings 28, Dover 19
Westlake 13, Nanuet 0
Tappan Zee 18, Beacon 7
Pleasantville 14, Kennedy 6
Sleepy Hollow 35, Hen Hud 25
Pelham 6, Brewster 0 (OT)
Ketcham 21, Ramapo 6
Putnam Valley 43, Ardsley 14
Eastchester 20, Byram Hills 13
Rye Neck 26, Valhalla 0
Rye Country Day 45, Kingswood-Oxford 7
Saunders 36, Roosevelt 6
Pawling 16, Albertus Magnus 6
Horace Greeley 7, Spring Valley 0
Panas 41, Yonkers 6
Suffern 12, Carmel 8 at halftime (susp. until Monday, 5 p.m.)
Hackley at Hopkins, ppd. (Sun. at 2 p.m.)
Iona Prep at St. Anthony’s, ppd. (rescheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday)
Edgemont at Riverside, ppd. (Tues.)
Dalton at Sacred Heart, ppd. (TBD)
Section 1 tournament
No. 4 Briarcliff vs. No. 1 Croton-Harmon at Valhalla HS, ppd. (rescheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. at Valhalla High School)
Dobbs Ferry 39, Woodlands 0
Bronxville leads Blind Brook 26-6 in second quarter (susp. until Sunday, 3 p.m.)
Tuckahoe 34, Lincoln Hall 0
Haldane 63, Palisade Prep 0
Upcoming schedule —
Saturday, Nov. 5
At Mahopac High School:
Class B championship
No. 1 Croton-Harmon-No. 4 Briarcliff winner vs. No. 2 Our Lady of Lourdes, 2 p.m.
Class C championship
No. 1 Bronxville-No. 4 Blind Brook winner vs. No. 2 Dobbs Ferry, 8 p.m.
Class D championship
No. 1 Haldane vs. No. 2 Tuckahoe, 5 p.m.
At John Jay High School:
White Plains vs. Scarsdale, Thu., 7 p.m.
Clarkstown North vs. Arlington, Fri., 4:15 p.m.
Harrison vs. Gorton, Fri., 7 p.m.
Somers vs. Pearl River, Thu., 4:15 p.m.
Irvington vs. Croton-Briarcliff loser
Bronxville-Blind Brook loser vs. Woodlands
(Sites, dates and times TBD)
Mount Vernon vs. Yorktown
Mahopac vs. Mamaroneck
Carmel-Suffern winner vs. Ketcham
Carmel-Suffern loser vs. Ramapo
Fox Lane at Eastchester, Sat., 1:30 p.m.
Lincoln vs. Byram Hills
Sleepy Hollow at Nyack (Thu. or Fri.)
Lakeland vs. Hen Hud
Pelham vs. Tappan Zee
Brewster vs. Beacon
Panas vs. Horace Greeley
Yonkers vs. Spring Valley
Saunders vs. Port Chester
Westlake vs. Putnam Valley
Nanuet vs. Ardsley
Edgemont-Riverside winner vs. Pleasantville
Edgemont-Riverside loser vs. Kennedy
Palisade Prep vs. Valhalla
Lincoln Hall vs. Rye Neck
Pawling vs. Hastings
Game recaps —
Class C semifinals
Dobbs Ferry 39, Woodlands 0: At Gould Park in Dobbs Ferry, quarterback Spencer Avalos scored three rushing touchdowns of 4, 5 and 10 yards for the second-seeded Eagles, who returned to the Section 1 championship game for the first time since 2007. They will play either No. 1 Bronxville or No. 4 Blind Brook on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Mahopac High School in the Class C final.
Avalos also had two interceptions, one of which he returned 50 yards for a touchdown until it was called back because of an inadvertent whistle. That came after fullback Tim Soave had opened the scoring when he ran for a 55-yard touchdown on Dobbs’ first possession after the defense forced a three-and-out.
John Yozzo-Scaperrotta later intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards to give the Eagles a 26-0 lead. They increased the lead when Brian Gardner blocked a punt, setting up Avalos’ third TD run. On the next play from scrimmage, Soave recovered a fumble and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown with 15 seconds left in the second quarter to help give Dobbs a 39-0 halftime lead.
The Eagles collected four turnovers and held No. 3 Woodlands to 34 yards of offense in the first half. The Falcons entered on a six-game winning streak.
Class D semifinals
Haldane 63, Palisade Prep 0: At No. 1 Haldane, the Blue Devils compiled 425 yards of offense, including 331 on the ground. Bryant Dain led all runners with 86 yards and scored a touchdown. Elias Lopez went 3 for 4 for 96 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and a TD on just four carries. Will Moss, James Moss and Nick Junjulas each added rushing touchdowns and Hen Heintzman, Ryan Dahlia and Bobby Vahos each caught a TD.
Matt Dadreano led Haldane with nine tackles. James Moss added seven and intercepted a pass for Haldane, which will play No. 2 Tuckahoe on Saturday at 5 at Mahopac High School in the Class D final.
Tuckahoe 34, Lincoln Hall 0: At No. 2 Tuckahoe, Nick Reisman scored on touchdown runs of 47 and 31 yards. Shyheim Nixon added a 43-yard touchdown run, and returned a fumble by No. 3 Lincoln Hall 63 yards for a touchdown. Gary Moss also caught a 32-yard TD pass from Mike Castrocuocco.
The defending state champion Tigers will meet top-seeded Haldane on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Mahopac High School for the Class D championship.
Horace Greeley 7, Spring Valley 0: At Spring Valley, Justin Ciero scored on a 1-yard run with four minutes left. The Quakers drove 35 yards after they tackled the punter at the Spring Valley 35 on a punt attempt.
Pawling 16, Albertus Magnus 6: At Albertus Magnus, Jeremy Sosa rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons. He caught a 30-yard pass from quarterback Casey Kern that set up his touchdown run early in the fourth quarter that cut his team’s deficit to 8-6.
Sleepy Hollow 35, Hen Hud 25: At Sleepy Hollow, L.J. Garrant rushed for two touchdowns and caught another from Nick Vallo. Steve Bencosme added a pair of touchdowns, including a 38-yard run. David Lafemina and Joe Fraietta each rushed for a pair of touchdowns for Hen Hud.
Saunders 36, Roosevelt 6: At Roosevelt, Francisco Wilson-King rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns for Saunders, which scored the last 30 points to break a 6-6 tie. Teammate Anthony Villegas, a center, recovered a Saunders fumble in the end zone for the other touchdown.
Eastchester 20, Byram Hills 13: At Eastchester, Greg DiCarlo and Rob Carinci each rushed for a touchdown. DiCarlo also completed a pass to Pat Guido for a 75-yard touchdown in the second quarter to help the Eagles take a 20-0 halftime lead.
Ketcham 21, Ramapo 6: At Ketcham, Kevin Jocelyn scored on a 45-yard touchdown run to give Ramapo a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. With a 14-6 lead, Ketcham scored the clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 47-yard touchdown by Elon Walters.
Pleasantville 14, Kennedy 6: At Kennedy, Charlie Montgomery returned a punt 30 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to help give the Panthers their first lead, 7-6. Quarterback John Conway added a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Rye Country Day 45, Kingswood-Oxford 7: At Kingswood-Oxford, Andrew Miller rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries. Garrett Washington added 148 yards and two touchdowns and Sam Stern 120 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Fernandez also scored when he returned a fumble 37 yards that was forced by Chibueze Nwakeze, who had 12 tackles, a sack and forced two fumbles. The game was called with 8:19 remaining because of thunder, lightning and snow.
Panas 41, Yonkers 6: At Panas, Jende Akinleye had 205 yards and four touchdowns rushing. Jimmy Jackson had a fumble recovery for Panas.
Westlake 13, Nanuet 0: At Nanuet, Danny Bassi rushed for 98 yards. His two touchdowns gave Westlake a 13-0 lead at halftime.
Hastings 28, Dover 19: At Dover, Dan Aigen and Brandon Abrahante each scored two touchdowns. Aigen scored twice on the ground and Abrahante score once. He also caught a 35-yard touchdown pass form Rob Hevia to help the Yellow Jackets build a 28-7 lead.
Putnam Valley 43, Ardsley 14: At Ardsley, Anthony Gentile ran for three touchdowns. Connor Gembecki and Rick Kilmer also each rushed for a touchdown. Gabe Kardish caught a 67-yard pass from Dan Stein for the Panthers.
Tappan Zee 18, Beacon 7: At Beacon, Joe Letizia had 191 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns.