According to the trusty Weather Channel app on my iPhone, it’s supposed to rain from tonight through Monday. Two things: 1. That stinks. 2. It’s going to impact this weekend’s football slate.
If you’re thinking the scores could skew a little low this week, I agree. I’m also not going to let that impact who I pick. Who knows? If there’s a two-hour window Friday night and Saturday, the games could go off without a hitch.
Anyway, as the regulars know, if you want to participate in our picks’ contest, please give your picks for the Top 10 games in the comments below the post. If you’ve participated in the past, please use the same username as in previous weeks.
Now, on to Week 4…
Josh’s records –
Week 2: 30-8
Top 10s: 21-9
Picks’ contest leaders –
Week 3: COACHD-23
Overall: football 44
THE TOP 10 –
GAMES OF THE WEEK
New Rochelle (3-0) vs. North Rockland (3-0)
When: Friday, 7
Where: New Rochelle High School
Key players: New Rochelle — Khalil Edney (6-3, 180), Sr., QB; Joe Clarke (6-2, 210), Sr., TE/LB/P; Jason Ceneus (5-9, 180), Sr., RB/DB. North Rockland — John Dapolito (6-0, 210), Sr., FB/LB; Nick Connell (5-10, 190), Sr., RB/LB/S; Eric Favors (5-11, 200), So., G/NG.
Key matchup: New Rochelle offensive line vs. North Rockland’s front seven
Outlook: These teams have combined to win the last 13 Section 1 Class AA championships, but most of the last decade has belonged to New Rochelle. The Huguenots had won six of their last seven postseason meetings (three by shutout) until the Red Raiders won a classic semifinal last year en route to their first championship in six years. Both teams return several key players from last year’s teams and have been dominant on defense, allowing just 10 points combined. Because of Edney’s passing threat, New Rochelle has more big-play potential on offense. North Rockland will hope to control the line of scrimmage and turn this into a defensive struggle.
Prediction: New Rochelle 13, North Rockland 10
Somers (3-0) vs. Poughkeepsie (3-0)
When: Friday, 7
Where: Somers High School
Key players: Somers — Stefano Bicknese (6-1, 185), Sr., RB/DB; Joe Lombardo (6-1, 195), Sr., FB/LB; Pete Mueller (6-5, 225), Sr., TE/DE. Poughkeepsie — D’Andre Smith (5-11, 175), Sr., QB; Brandon Weir (6-3, 225), Sr., OL/DE; Davonte Hamilton (6-4, 218), So., WR/LB.
Key matchup: Somers’ size vs. Poughkeepsie’s speed
Outlook: Expect a fast-paced game with plenty of points. Both Somers and Poughkeepsie, the defending Class A champ, are plenty explosive. Bicknese and Smith have been among the most productive players in the section through the first three weeks of the season. Somers is big and powerful up front, but the Tuskers were susceptible to big plays last week against Nyack. They’ll be pressed to prevent even more against Poughkeepsie, which has won three of the last four meetings between the teams. Likewise, the Pioneers must contend with Somers superior size, a feat that no opponent has accomplished yet.
Prediction: Poughkeepsie 33, Somers 28
Our Lady of Lourdes (3-0) vs. Croton-Harmon (3-0)
When: Friday, 7
Where: Overlook Park, Poughkeepsie
Key players: Our Lady of Lourdes — Devlin Brennan (6-4, 280), Sr., C/DE; Bryce Gioia (5-11, 202), Jr., RB/LB; Nick Stufano (6-1, 295), Sr., T/DT. Croton-Harmon — Nick Grous (5-10, 175), Sr., RB/LB; Brian Soares (5-9, 170), Sr., RB/CB; Matt Gennarelli (6-0, 220), Sr., OL/LB.
Key matchup: Lourdes’ size vs. Croton’s speed
Outlook: This could be a classic football test: What wins out, size or speed? Croton, the two-time defending Class B champ, has a host of backs and receivers who were contributors on last year’s state runner-up. Lourdes doesn’t have that kind of skill – or experience winning – but it does have intimidating size up front. The Warriors have been dominant so far and are clearly the biggest threat to the Tigers’ 21-game Section 1 winning streak. They have allowed 58 points so far. Croton might have to score big to win.
Prediction: Our Lady of Lourdes 27, Croton-Harmon 14
Tuckahoe (3-0) vs. Dobbs Ferry (3-0)
When: Saturday, 1:30
Where: Tuckahoe High School
Key players: Tuckahoe — Shyheim Nixon (5-10, 180), Sr., RB/LB; Kayvon Reid (6-3, 185), Sr., RB/LB; Nick Reisman (6-1, 210), Sr., RB/LB. Dobbs Ferry — Tim Soave (6-1, 240), Sr., FB/DE; Brian Gardner (5-6, 175), Sr., RB/DL; Grant Giglio (6-2, 180), Sr., QB/DB.
Key matchup: Tuckahoe’s tackling vs. Soave
Outlook: When these teams met last year at Gould Park, Dobbs simply outclassed the younger Tigers, winning 40-0. So much has changed since then, namely the top of the Eagles’ roster. Now, it’s Tuckahoe playing at home riding a wave of confidence. Nixon leads a deep and talented group of skill players who are bolstered by play on the line and on defense, where the Tigers have allowed just seven points this season. Of course, they haven’t had to conquer a player like the burly Soave, who has rushed for 520 yards and six touchdowns in the last two games alone. If Tuckahoe can slow him down, it can win. The more the Tigers have the ball, the better because they can be explosive.
Prediction: Tuckahoe 20, Dobbs Ferry 13
Brewster 27, Saunders 13. The Bears are strong on ‘D,’ and will be tested by Saunders’ running game in this meeting of unbeatens.
Clarkstown South 24, Ketcham 21. This one could come down to the wire. South is seeking to make amends from last year’s loss.
Ramapo 26, Mamaroneck 20. The Gryphons could start a winning streak here if they can earn another quality win.
Carmel 20, Clarkstown North 17 Carmel will ride a strong start at Homecoming and remain unbeaten.
Pleasantville 13, Nanuet 6. The winner will take a big step forward in the Class B playoff race.
John Jay 35, Sleepy Hollow 14. This game should be one of the more entertaining of the week with playmakers all over the field.
Yorktown 34, Eastchester 13
Mahopac 14, Arlington 10
Harrison 35, Tappan Zee 13
Rye 20, Horace Greeley 7
Lakeland 21, Fox Lane 14
Ossining 41, Pelham 13
Briarcliff 27, Valhalla 12
Iona Prep 35, Xaverian 14
Nyack 34, Gorton 6
Westlake 34, Kennedy 7
Edgemont 22, Putnam Valley 6
Rye Country Day 36, Roosevelt 0
Bronxville 28, Haldane 13
Woodlands 40, Hastings 12
Albertus Magnus 21, Pawling 15
Blind Brook 14, Palisade Prep 6
Rye Neck 43, Yonkers Montessori 6
Byram Hills 24, Spring Valley 6
Port Chester 26, Peekskill 8
Hen Hud 34, Riverside 6
Panas 40, Yonkers 7
Pearl River 24, Beacon 14
Mount Vernon 19, Suffern 13
Scarsdale 42, Lincoln 7
John Jay-East Fishkill 27, White Plains 14
Hackley 35, Fieldston 13
Irvington 22, Ardsley 21 (OT)
Stepinac 21, Holy Cross 14