According to an e-mail sent to Section 1’s athletic directors this morning by Jennifer Simmons, the football committee has found some issues in the Class A schedules. (UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.) The schedules were re-worked today. They are expected to be finalized and re-released to the schools tomorrow.
(Hopefully, I will have more on the corrections as well as the new schedule then.)
One irregularity pointed out by a reader Wednesday was Nyack’s schedule. Nyack, the No. 7 team in its league, had a league schedule of five higher-ranked teams and one lower-ranked team. Contrast that with Sleepy Hollow, the No. 7 in Class A’s other league. Sleepy had a schedule with three higher-ranked teams and three lower-ranked teams, thus giving it a easier strength of schedule.
There are other irregularities that need correcting, but this is one that stood out to me. The truth is that creating a schedule in Class AA and A was more difficult this season. Both classes had an uneven number of teams (15 and 29, respectively), meaning one has to play a game outside its class each week. Some of the solutions were easy and produced interesting matchups — White Plains-Harrison, Mount Vernon-Pelham, Tappan Zee-Suffern, Poughkeepsie-Arlington — but it definitely complicates the process.