There was so much to choose from this week, but I definitely put more emphasis on players who performed well in playoff games, and even more emphasis on those who came through in big, tight games.
Honorable mention —
• Christian Conway, Bronxville: The senior rushed for six touchdowns in a 47-14 win over Blind Brook in the Class C semifinals.
• Elias Lopez, Haldane: The senior went 3 for 4 for 96 yards and three TDs and rushed for 84 yards and a score on four carries in a 63-0 win over Palisade Prep in the Class D semifinals.
• Brandon Abrahante, Hastings: The senior rushed for 122 yards and caught two passes for 38 yards and a TD in a 28-19 win at Dover. He also made six tackles.
• Patrick Donahoe, Mahopac: He rushed for 103 yarda and two TDs and passed for 121 yards and one TD in a 27-19 loss to Mount Vernon.
• Anthony Gentile, Putnam Valley: The senior rushed for three TDs in a 43-14 win at Ardsley.
• Jeff Avery, White Plains: The senior QB went 8 for 13 for 135 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for a touchdown in a 13-12 loss to New Rochelle.
• Joe Simolacaj, Rye: The senior workhorse rushed for 114 yards on 20 carries to lead Rye over Pearl River 14-7.
• Francisco Wilson-King, Saunders: He rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns in Saunders’ rare victory over Roosevelt, 36-6.
• Andrew Miller, Rye Country Day: The senior fullback rushed for 195 yards and three TDs on just eight carries in a 45-7 win over Kingswood-Oxford.
• Jende Akinleye, Panas: He rushed for 205 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-6 win over Yonkers.
• Austin Taps, Stepinac: The senior defensive end had 12 tackles and returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown in Stepinac’s 48-7 win over Fordham Prep.
• North Rockland defense: The Red Raiders rolled to a 42-point halftime lead by recovering five fumbles in the first half of a 49-6 win over Scarsdale in the Class AA quarterfinals. John Dapolito returned a fumble 23 yards for a TD.
10. Matt Marino, Mamaroneck: The junior caught 10 passes for 126 yards and two TDs in a 42-35 loss at Yorktown.
9. Joe Letizia, Tappan Zee: The junior rushed for 191 yards and two TDs on 18 carries in a 18-7 win at Beacon.
8. Spencer Avalos, Dobbs Ferry: No one had more fun in the snow than Avalos (pictured above), who rushed for three TDs and intercepted two passes, all during the first half of a 39-0 win over Woodlands in the Class C semifinals.
7. Tim Hedge, Mount Vernon: Hedge rushed for 178 yards and three TDs in a 27-19 win at Mahopac.
6. Nick Mariano, Yorktown: The junior QB went 6 for 8 for 174 yards and a TD and rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in a 42-35 win over Mamaroneck.
5. Sam LaCour, Ossining: He caught four passes from Brian Connolly for 113 yards and two TDs, including a 68-yarder, in a 35-26 comeback win over Gorton in the Class A quarterfinals.
4. Kemet McLean, New Rochelle: After a scoreless first half, the senior running back helped awaken the Huguenots slumbering offense. He rushed for 75 of his 107 yards and scored two touchdowns and played a key role at linebacker in a 13-12 win over White Plains in the Class AA quarterfinals.
3. Danny Caiola, John Jay: The senior went over 100 yards rushing, highlighting an impressive 28-7 win over Somers in the Class A quarterfinals by rushing for touchdowns of 1, 6 and 37 yards. He also blocked a field goal with the game scoreless to help set up his first TD.
2. Mario Biaggi, Iona Prep: The junior QB tried to rally the Gaels in the waning minutes against the state’s top-ranked team, running for a 31-yard TD and throw an 8-yarder to Omari Buster in the final 3:36 of a 21-20 loss to St. Anthony’s. Biaggi also opened the scoring with a 3-yard TD run. He finished with 104 yards rushing and went 12 of 16 for 143 yards passing. (Cumulative stats via ESPNNY.)
1. Ryan McManus, Clarkstown South: Nothing’s better than a comeback, and McManus was the comeback kid last week. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Thomas Lent, but returned to the field after Lent went out with an injury and less than a week after a three-interception game against these same Rams. This time, McManus passed for 140 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown to Josh Corredor. He also rushed for another score in South’s 21-7 win over Clarkstown North in the Class AA quarterfinals.