The small schools move center stage today with three of the biggest games of the Class B and C/D seasons.
I’ll start at Gould Park in Dobbs Ferry to see the defending Class C state champion take on high-powered Woodlands, the team it beat last year 39-0 in the Class C semifinals. At night, I’m heading to Tuckahoe for a night game against rival Bronxville. You can find those updates and more @LoHudInsider. If you have a Twitter account and have updates to share, tweet me at that account and I’ll share them.
Adam Berger is scheduled to cover the latest meeting between rivals Mamaroneck and Port Chester, which are both off to 4-1 starts. You can find him @LoHudBerger. Mike Dougherty is headed to Lakeland and Sleepy Hollow to catch the red-hot Headless Horsemen. You can find him @hoopsmbd.
As always, enjoy the football and check back this afternoon this evening for results and recaps.
Saturday’s games —
Woodlands 39, Dobbs Ferry 6
Saunders 19, Spring Valley 18
Our Lady of Lourdes 21, Pleasantville 6
Stepinac 17, St. Joe’s by the Sea 14
Putnam Valley 54, Kennedy 6
Pawling 56, Palisade Prep 16
Rye Neck 51, Hastings 0
Sleepy Hollow 41, Lakeland 21
Mamaroneck 34, Port Chester 13
Croton-Harmon 28, Westlake 14
Ardsley 21, Edgemont 14
Fox Lane 19, Beacon 0
Gorton 35, Lincoln 0
Iona Prep 38, Mount St. Michael 8
Eastchester 32, Pelham 21
St. Luke’s 26, Rye Country Day 20
Irvington 42, Briarcliff 0
Ketcham 43, Suffern 42 (OT)
Clarkstown North 26, Mount Vernon 6
Albertus Magnus 63, Yonkers Montessori 20
Valhalla 34, Blind Brook 7
Hen Hud 54, Yonkers 0
Hackley 55, Hamden Hall 32
Bronxville 7, Tuckahoe 0
Nanuet 43, Roosevelt 0
John Jay 35, Pearl River 8
Lourdes 21, Pleasantville 6: With the Class B league championship on the line, Pleasantville coach Tony Becerra was happy to go into half down one score after intercepting a Lourdes pass with a minute remaining in the second quarter. But what he thought was a safe call turned into disaster when his fullback fumbled on the next play. The Warriors recovered and returned 10 yards for the touchdown by Lourdes’ Nick Wynne.
“We got punched in the gut and it took the wind out of our sails,” Pleasantville coach Tony Becerra said.
The Panthers would let up a 50-yard punt return by Chris Keenan for a touchdown in the third quarter to go down 21-0. They scored their only touchdown on a five-yard run from Nick Pedlow, but the deficit was already too much to overcome.
“You can’t make those kind of mistakes against a team of that caliber. It’s not going to end well,” Becerra said.
Pedlow had 10 rushes for 39 yards and the touchdown. Anthony Godino went 5 for 13 for 54 yards. The Pleasantville offense had 103 total yards. Charlie Montomgery and Greg Drillock had interceptions for the Panthers.
Bronxville 7, Tuckahoe 0: At Tuckahoe, Luke Marrone caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Mike Dresdale on the first play of fourth quarter to break a scoreless. He leaped to snatch the ball away from Tucakhoe’s Kayvon Reid. It was Marrone’s first game played this season. The Brown-bound senior, who started for Bronxville’s 2010 state championship team as a sophomore, broke both bones in his left forearm during practice in August.
Tuckahoe outgained Bronxville 260-158, but the Tigers lost two fumbles and turned the ball over on downs in Broxnville territory on three other possessions. They drove 72 yards to the Broncos’ 12 to open the third quarter, but Nick Reisman was tackled for no gain on fourth down by Andrew Jones.
Tuckahoe had possession near midfield with about two minutes remaining when Michael Castracucco was intercepted by Parker Lipnis to stop the Tigers’ final drive. They played much of the second half without star Shyheim Nixon, who reaggravated a left shoulder injury suffered in last week’s tie at Haldane.
Woodlands 39, Dobbs Ferry 6: At Gould Park in Dobbs Ferry, Ray Jackson and Tyrone Barber combined for 265 yards of offense and three touchdowns on just 12 touches. Both rushed for over 100 yards apiece. Barber scored from 40 yards out with 1:24 remaining in the second quarter to give the Falcons a 20-6 halftime lead. Jackson took the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter 60 yards to increase the lead.
Tim Soave had 25 carries for 111 yards, but Woodlands limited the rest of Dobbs’ offense to 41 total yards. The Eagles, who beat Woodlands 39-0 on the same field in last year’s snowy Class C semifinals en route to winning the state title, scored their only touchdown in the first quarter. Soave had been stopped inches short on fourth and goal from the 1. Two plays later, teammate Chris Addorisio recovered a bad snap in the end zone for a touchdown.
Sleepy Hollow 41, Lakeland 21: At Sleepy, Dominic Onwe rushed for a five-yard touchdown in the final seconds of the third quarter to break a 21-21 tie. Owne later left the game with an ankle injury after rushing for 74 yards on just eight carries, but his third touchdown began a run of 20 unanswered points to end the game.
Sleepy’s Isaiah Sanjuan recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. Devin Lopez’s running helped set up his eight-yard touchdown pass to Edwin Jiminez. Lopez also connected with Onwe on an 86-yard touchdown. Teammate Steven Bencosme opened the scoring when he returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown.
Lakeland’s Jimmy Flaherty rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns, including an 8-yard run with 2:38 left in the third quarter to tie the game 21-21. Teammate Anthony Capozzi returned a kickoff for the Hornets’ other touchdown.
Mamaroneck 34, Port Chester 13: At Mamaroneck, the Tigers won their second straight Athletic Directors’ Trophy in their annual rivalry with Port Chester, which is one of the oldest in Westchester County. They Tigers won for the fourth time in the last six meetings with the Rams. They built a 20-0 lead in the first quarter.
The first score came on a 46-yard touchdown run by sophomore Marquez Jackson-Allen, who rushed for 90 yards on 13 carries. On the next possession, senior Robby Nigro scored on a 1-yard run. He finished with 16 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns.
Rams senior running back Trevor Chambless received the following kick off and fumbled at his own 25 yard line. Mamaroneck’s John Schudy scooped up the ball and ran into the end zone.
Port Chester quarterback Kyle Drummond scored on a five-yard scramble with 6:20 left in the second quarter and then threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Mike Thorgersen to open up the third, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 20-13. Mamaroneck had four interceptions, including one on a halfback option.
Pawling 56, Palisade Prep 16: At Pawling, Brandon Tate and Zach Warren had rushing touchdowns. Warren and Felix Marcano ran for a two-point conversion each. Tate ran for 100 yards on 10 carries and threw for 88 yards.
Saunders 19, Spring Valley 18: At Lincoln High School in Yonkers, Francisco Wilson-King had 20 rushes for 166 yards and a touchdown. Kristian Prenga threw for 107 yards and two touchdowns, including a 10-yard touchdown to Chris Tran with just under two minutes remaining to tie the game 18-18. Eric Mfwodo made the extra point for the win.
Peekskill 21, Riverside 8: At Peekskill, the Red Devils snapped a 32-game losing streak, which was the second-longest current streak in the state. Ramon Searight scored on two consecutive offensive plays, rushing for touchdowns of 45 and 72 yards. He finished with 10 carries for 132 yards. Naim Mickens added a 48-yard touchdown run in early in the fourth quarter.
Albertus Magnus 63, Yonkers Montessori 20: At Albertus Magnus, Cory Jean-Charles and Joe Denise each rushed for two touchdowns. Tom McConnell rushed for one and scored on a 35-yard pass from Danny Lopez. Nico Denise also had 206 yards on seven carries with a touchdown for the Falcons.
Putnam Valley 56, Kennedy 6: At Putnam Valley, the Tigers won their third straight after starting the season 0-3. Mike Walsh threw two touchdown passes and rushed in two more scores for the Tigers. Rich Kilmer had rushes of 15 and 48 yards for touchdowns. Zach Nolan scored his first varsity touchdown on a quarterback sneak.
Hackley 55, Hamden Hall 32: At Hamden Hall, Joe McDermott rushed for four touchdowns and threw to Ian Parnell for three other scores.
Eastchester 32, Pelham 21: At Eastchester, Greg DiCarlo rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries to lead the Eagles to their first win of the season. Mike Marsico rushed for a touchdown and 107 yards on 13 carries. Jack Calby added a touchdown and 91 yards on five carries. Steve Ngandwe caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Gallucci.
Gorton 35, Lincoln 0: At Gorton, Deivon Hudson rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas Bell had an interception and fumble recovery.
Stepinac 17, St. Joseph’s by the Sea 14: At St. Joseph’s, Mike Pizzuti added a 23-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to break a 14-14 tie. Ryan Burnett had 17 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown. Justin Thomas caught five passes for 109 yards and rushed for a 14-yard touchdown to give Stepinac a 14-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Iona Prep 38, Mount St. Michael 8: At Mount St. Michael, Mario Biaggi ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. Shaquille Townsend had a rushing touchdown for the Gaels. Nick Kryza completed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Austin Jones for Iona Prep. Teammate Alex Raimondi had a sack.
Harrison 35, Horace Greeley 6: At Harrison Friday, Vin Nicita went 7 for 8 for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Kevin Nathanson scored three times, twice rushing and once receiving. Robert Waldman caught Nicita’s other touchdown and Jake Marino added another on the ground as the unbeaten Huskies (6-0) built a 35-0 halftime lead.
New Rochelle 13, John Jay-East Fishkill 0: At City Park in New Rochelle Friday, Jason Ceneus scored on a 64-run to break open a scoreless game in the third quarter for the unbeaten Huguenots (6-0). The defense had its fourth shutout and has now allowed just 13 points this season.
Rye Neck 51, Hastings 0: At Rye Neck, Jakob Calvini and Dominic Brescia each rushed for two touchdowns. Calvini had nine carries for 152 yards and Brescia had 12 carries for 104 yards. Calvini also threw a 55-yard touchdown to Ryan Morningstar. Pedro Cueto added 100 yards on eight carries, as Rye Neck ran for 370 yards.
The Panther defense held Hastings to -21 yards of offense and recorded its fifth shutout of the season. Rye Neck has not allowed a point. Alex Anderson recorded 11 tackles and Jake Sevean had an interception.
Valhalla 34, Blind Brook 7: At Valhalla, Terrence Tribble threw for a touchdown and rushed for another. Miro Ronac threw a touchdown pass to Tyquan Raines, who had 103 recieving yards. Chris Artabane and Christian Alvarado had rushing touchdowns for Valhalla.
Nanuet 43, Roosevelt 0: At Nanuet, Dan Breit rushed for 65 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries. Pete Smith, Nick O’Connor, and Alfonso Oliveros also scored rushing touchdowns. The Golden Knights defense allowed just five first downs, and 123 yards of total offense.
St. Luke’s 26, Rye Country Day 20: At St. Luke’s, Raishaun McGhee threw for 131 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 75 yards and scored on a 70-yard fumble return. He was intercepted on a tipped pass in St. Luke’s territory after St. Luke’s scored to take the lead with three minutes remaining. Christian Pankey added eight tackles and a sack for the Wildcats.
Hen Hud 54, Yonkers 0: At Hen Hud, Ed Tandy went 4 for 4 for 44 yards and threw touchdowns to Sean Tandy and Anthony Fraietta. Carson Cole had 11 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Peter McGowan ran for a 75-yard touchdown. Josh Kraft returned an interception 46 yards for another score.
Irvington 42, Briarcliff 0: At Briarcliff, Dillon D’Arrigo went 9 for 14 for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Shoran Tamura caught five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown and Josh Grotenstein caught two passes for 81 yards and a score. Hunter Gizzi had 11 rushes for 71 yards and three touchdowns. The Irvington defense forced six turnovers. Siggy Bereday had 12 tackles, a sack and recovered two fumbles, one for a touchdown.
Ketcham 43, Suffern 42, OT: At Ketcham Saturday, Chris Gragnani went 16 for 31 for 307 yards and two touchdowns, including three passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns to Harley McNalley. The Mounties squandered a 29-6 lead in the second half and eventually lost in double overtime. Giorgio Cineus added 111 yards and scored three touchdowns and Gabriel Cohen had two interceptions.
Ardsley 21, Edgemont 14: At Ardsley, George DiFiore rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Jorge Ayala added six rushes for 59 yards and a touchdown.
John Jay 35, Pearl River 8: At John Jay Saturday, quarterback Tyler Keech had one rushing, one passing and one receiving touchdown. Jack Lambert threw for two scores and also ran for a touchdown.