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Now, on to Week 5…
Josh’s records –
Week 4: 27-11
Top 10s: 27-13
Picks’ contest leaders –
Week 4: Hollow Fan, Cuse and Prince
Overall: football 44
THE TOP 10 –
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Clarkstown North (3-1) vs. Clarkstown South (2-2)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Clarkstown North High School
Key players: Clarkstown North — Billy DeLay (5-10, 170), Sr., RB/S; Anthony Termine (6-2, 205), Sr., TE/DE; Matt McMullin (5-9, 185), Jr., RB/DB. Clarkstown South — Thomas Lent (6-1, 180), Sr., RB/LB; Zach Johnson (5-8, 150), Sr., RB/DB; Ryan McManus (5-10, 165), Sr., QB.
Key matchup: North defense vs. South’s running game
Outlook: South leads the all-time series 25-14 after beating its rival twice last season in the span of less than a week, including in the Class AA quarterfinals. The Vikings have actually won seven of the last nine and 13 of the last 16, although North won in 2009 and 2010. The Rams will enter the rematch hungry and fresh off an impressive 41-0 victory at Carmel. South was equally dominant 45-14 win over Ketcham. Lent and Johnson piled up 296 yards rushing and have been a productive duo all season. McMullin was a breakout star last week for North as well. If it’s a close game, South could benefit from kicker Shane Cronin, who is one of the best in the section.
Prediction: Clarkstown South 24, Clarkstown North 21
Ossining (2-2) vs. Somers (4-0)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Ossining 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. Ossining — Steve Candelaria (6-0, 190), Sr., RB/DB; Andy Balcomb (5-7, 160), Sr., OG/LB; Trent Lofaro (5-11, 190), Sr., OT/DL.
Key matchups: Somers’ defensive front vs. Ossining’s line
Outlook: If Ossining has a chance to pull the upset, it will have to slow Somers’ big defensive front long enough to allow the skill players to make plays. The Pride has those in abundance, starting with Candelaria, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury. Quarterback Justin Davidov has been a difference-maker as a passer and running in Candelaria’s absence. Somers will have a physical advantage and should have success running with Bicknese, Lombardo and Connor Vlasaty. Ossining allowed big rushing games to Nyack and Yorktown. The Tuskers will just have to remain focused after beating defending champ Poughkeepsie last week. Ossining has dangerous offensive weapons.
Prediction: Somers 35, Ossining 20
Mahopac (2-2) vs. New Rochelle (4-0)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Mahopac High School
Key players: Mahopac — Chris Rhue (6-0, 185), Sr., QB; Mike Simone (6-2, 210), Sr., TE/DE; Joe Castellitto (5-9, 185), Sr., RB/DB. New Rochelle — Khalil Edney (6-3, 180), Sr., QB; Joe Clarke (6-2, 200), Sr., TE/OLB; Jason Ceneus (5-9, 185), Sr., RB/DB..
Key matchup: Mahopac running game vs. New Rochelle’s stingy defense
Outlook: Mahopac is a tough, hard-nosed team that had success in its season opener at North Rockland but was hurt by turnovers. New Rochelle is a similar opponent, albeit a bit more explosive on offense. The Indians will be forced to burn clock in long drive because they rely on a strong running game. Although the Huguenots are not big in the middle, they are tough to move the ball against In fact, the defense has surrendered just 13 points through four games this season. For Mahopac to win, it will probably need its defense to shut down New Rochelle.
Prediction: New Rochelle 20, Mahopac 7
John Jay (2-2) vs. Rye (3-1)
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: John Jay High School
Key players: John Jay — Tyler Keech (6-2, 180), Sr., QB/DB; Jack Lambert (6-2, 180), Sr., QB/WR/DB; Jason Valvano (6-1, 240), Sr., OL/DL. Rye — Andrew Livingston (6-1, 175), So., QB/K; Andrew Aquillino (6-3, 275), Sr., OL/DL; Conor Murphy (5-10, 165), Jr., RB/DB.
Key matchup: John Jay passing game vs. Rye’s defensive backs
Outlook: John Jay suffered a disappointing loss last week against Sleepy Hollow, which piled up seven touchdowns en route to a 43-36 victory. The Indians remain explosive on offense, but they now face a fight just to qualify for the postseason in a year dripping with expectations. Rye will have to answer that urgency and explosiveness, but what it lacks in size, it has in speed. The Garnets might be forced to let Livingston make plays in the passing game to balance the offense and keep up in a shootout with John Jay in this rematch of last year’s Class A semifinals.
Prediction: John Jay 34, Rye 27
Carmel 27, Mamaroneck 20. Tough call. I’d expect picks for this game to be 50/50.
Tappan Zee 22, Panas 18. This is a similar situation to the game below. TZ might just have too much firepower to stop.
Yorktown 27, Lakeland 16. If Lakeland wants to think about qualifying for the playoffs, it will have to win games like this. I think Yorktown is better tested.
Nyack 26, Spring Valley 13. The Tigers have won three straight, but this is a step up in class playing rival Nyack.
Westlake 19, Nanuet 12. I think Westlake is in position to launch its playoff run, beginning here.
Sleepy Hollow 27, Hen Hud 19. This will be a tough game for Sleepy. I’d expect Hen Hud to have a chance to win in the fourth quarter.
Poughkeepsie 26, Arlington 17
Our Lady of Lourdes 34, Irvington 14
Scarsdale 40, Suffern 20
Ramapo 20, Mount Vernon 8
Harrison 42, Pearl River 10
Dobbs Ferry 26, Hastings 6
Rye Neck 27, Albertus Magnus 22
Palisade Prep 27, Yonkers Montessori 12
Woodlands 40, Blind Brook 6
Kennedy 20, Roosevelt 6
Bronxville 24, Pawling 14
North Rockland 21, White Plains 7
Byram Hills 13, Pelham 6
Gorton 20, Peekskill 13
Port Chester 33, Lincoln 13
Croton-Harmon 27, Ardsley 20
Saunders 34, Yonkers 12
Fox Lane 28, Riverside 6
Horace Greeley 21, Beacon 13
John Jay-East Fishkill 24, Ketcham 12
Hackley 34, Riverdale 20
Tuckahoe 41, Haldane 13
Brewster 21, Eastchester 6
Dalton 20, Harvey 7
Putnam Valley 27, Briarcliff 14
Pleasantville 19, Edgemont 7
St. Anthony’s 35, Stepinac 13
Rye Country Day 20, Hopkins 6
Iona Prep 34, Holy Cross 21