So, I may sound like a cheesy 1980s radio DJ, but I’ll say it: Friday was bonkers. And, guess what? I expect today to be even crazier.
It is, of course, the final day of the regular season. Passions will be at their peak with perhaps the area’s three best rivalries all in action at the same time: Rye-Harrison, Carmel-Mahopac and Stepinac-Iona. We’ll have coverage of all three. I’ll be at Rye-Harrison with a few other folks, and you can find updates from the game @LoHudInsider. Mike Dougherty will have updates from Carmel-Mahopac @hoopsmbd. Nancy Haggerty is slated to cover Stepinac-Iona, so I’ll pass along Nancy’s updates on my Twitter.
Of course, there are a couple games that will determine who’s headed to the playoffs and who’s headed home. John Jay-East Fishkill finalized the Class AA playoff field, and Panas punched its ticket in Class A (check the blog for more on both.
For one of today’s key games, Rick Carpiniello will be at Bronxville as the reigning Class C state champs, Dobbs Ferry, try to remain alive. Carp will have updates tonight @LoHudCarp.
I’ll be back later on tonight with final scores, recaps and my final playoff projections in each class. If you can’t enjoy the football today, you’re in the wrong place my friends…
Saturday’s games -
Harrison 21, Rye 0
Putnam Valley 55, Palisade Prep 0
Edgemont 41, Briarcliff 0
Hackley 24, King 12
Byram Hills 49, Lincoln 14
Ketcham 42, Scarsdale 37
Hen Hud 27, Pearl River 17
Westlake 14, Irvington 7
Somers 34, Eastchester 21
Nanuet 41, Croton-Harmon 7
Saunders 13, Port Chester 12
Our Lady of Lourdes 49, Beacon 13
Mahopac 34, Carmel 13
Tappan Zee 27, Horace Greeley 6
Woodlands 47, Tuckahoe 13
Iona Prep 42, Stepinac 14
Pleasantville 43, Hastings 0
Spring Valley 28, Peekskill 14
Haldane 53, Yonkers Montessori 0
Albertus Magnus 36, Sacred Heart 0
Brewster 39, Gorton 22
Rye Country Day 25, Hamden Hall 12
Ardsley 48, Roosevelt 12
Dobbs Ferry 37, Bronxville 13
John Jay 43, Fox Lane 26
Pawling 56, Blind Brook 20
North Bergen 21, New Rochelle 20
Riverside (0-6) vs. Yonkers (0-6) at Lincoln High School, 1:30 p.m.
Mahopac 34, Carmel 13: At Carmel, Chris Rhue ran for 70 yards on the first play for scrimmage for the Indians. He added a 35-yard touchdown on his next carry to break the 100-yard mark in the first quarter. Mahopac, which finished the game with 369 yards rushing, built a 20-0 lead after Mike Simone intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.
Mahopac’s defense did not allow a first down to Carmel in the entire first half. Ethan Ryan threw a 31-yard touchdown to Brian Gallagher with 4:29 left in the second quarter to give Mahopac a 27-0 lead.
Anthony Bria got the Rams on the board with 1:35 to go in the third quarter, and Joe Gervasi added a 40-yard TD catch.
Iona Prep 42, Stepinac 14: At Iona Prep, the Gaels forced three first-half turnovers to build a 35-0 lead despite having two touchdowns called back because of penalties in the first half alone. Alex Raimondi returned an interception for a touchdown and Nick D’Angelo and Shaquille Townsend each rushed for two touchdowns. Mario Biaggi rushed for another and threw a scoring pass to Chris Cooper.
Ryan Burnett rushed for both Stepinac touchdowns, which were scored in the fourth quarter.
Ardsley 48, Roosevelt 12: At Roosevelt, George DiFiore rushed for three touchdowns and Garrett Peterson returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Peterson returned the opening kick of the game for 65 yards, and returned a 70-yarder in the second quarter. Chaeson Peterson added a 60-yard rushing touchdown for the Panthers. Reuben Gil added a 55-yard punt return.
Clarkstown North 34, White Plains 21: At Clarkstown North Friday, Frankie Regalbuto completed 6 of 8 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. Regalbuto also ran the ball eight times for 78 yards and two more scores. Matt McMullin rushed 16 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns. Billy DeLay had 101 rushing yards on 11 carries and a receiving touchdown. DeLay also had two interceptions on defense.
Saunders 13, Port Chester 12: At Port Chester, with three minutes left to go in the game, Saunders quarterback Kristian Prenga scored on a 17-yard touchdown run to tie it up for the Blue Devils. Eric Mwfodo’s exra point hit the cross bar and bounced through for the win and clinched a Class A playoff berth for the Blue Devils. Trevor Chambless caught a 22-yard pass from Kyle Drummond in the third quarter to give the Rams a 12-6 lead.
Hen Hud 27, Pearl River 17: At Pearl River, the Sailors earned a Class A playoff berth. Justin Fischer and Carson Cole rushed for touchdowns and Joe Fraietta and Ed Tandy each threw touchdown passes. Chris Van Houten threw for 240 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Pearl River.
Westlake 14, Irvington 7: At Westlake, Mike Ragusa went 10 for 22 for 120 yards and threw touchdowns to Rich Maio and JC Zangrilli. JR Policarpio had 17 carries for 174 yards, playing in place of leading rusher Danny Bassi, who was injured.
Tappan Zee 27, Horace Greeley 6: At Tappan Zee, Joe Letizia had 24 carries for 231 yards and three touchdowns. The Dutchmen rushed for 364 yards. On defense, Pat Walpole had a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdowns.
Spring Valley 28, Peekskill 14: At Peekskill, Davonte O’Neal scored on a fumble recovery and on a touchdown pass from Myles Tash, who also ran for a touchdown. Devin Hawley caught a 26-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 20-14 lead. For Peekskill, Ramon Searight rushed for a touchdown and Tyrone Searight threw a touchdown to Naim Mickens.
Nanuet 41, Croton-Harmon 7: At Nanuet, Dan Breit had 22 carries for 136 yards and three touchdowns. Pete Smith added 78 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Golden Knights, who earned a playoff spot in Class B. Teammate Luke Panaro had a recieving touchdown. Nick Grous caught a touchdown for the Tigers.
Putnam Valley 55, Palisade Prep 0: At Palisade Prep, Mike Walsh scored twice incluidng a 48-yard touchdown pass from Zack Nolan. Nolan scored on a 52-yard run. Rick Kilmer scored twice. John Meagle had two sacks, two forced fumbles, and a safety. Teammate Tommy O’Sullivan had an interception.
Pleasantville 43, Hastings 0: At Hastings, Charlie Montgomery had five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. Nick Greto rushed eight times for 106 yards and had a touchdown catch. Anthony Godino completed 6 of 7 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Steven Sicignano, Enrico Ruotolo, Barrett Rosenbaum, and Nick Pedlow each rushed for a touchdown.
Somers 34, Eastchester 21: At Somers, Stefano Bicknese rushed for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion for the Tuskers. Anthony Gallucci had two rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown for the Eagles.
Hackley 24, King 12: At Hackley, Ian Parnell had 128 rushing yards and one touchdown. Parnell also hauled in three catches for 72 yards. Teammates Mustafa Dais had a receiving touchdown and Joe McDermott ran for a score. Sam Alabaster had a five-yard field goal. Luke Sweeney and Dylan Garvey had one interception apiece for Hackley.
Haldane 53, Yonkers Montessori 0: At Yonkers Montessori, Matt Balducci had five carries for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Bayley Semple and Nick DiGregorio both had rushing touchdowns. Semple, Johnny Giachinta and Matt Dandreano each returned an interception for a touchdown.
Rye Country Day 25, Hamden Hall 15: At Rye Country Day, Raishaun McGhee had 14 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns and went 7 for 12 for 111 yards. Tyler Miller rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown. Henry Heller and Christian Pankey combined for four sacks for the Wildcats.
Woodlands 47, Tuckahoe 13: At Woodlands, Tyrone Barber scored five touchdowns, including two kickoff returns, two rushing and one receiving. Justin Riccio threw for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Myles Thigpen forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception. D’Andre Tilford caught a touchdown and had an interception.
Albertus Magnus 36, Sacred Heart 0: At Torne Valley Field, Nico Denise had 152 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He surpassed 1,000 yards for the season. Cory Jean-Charles and Giscard Beauvil also had rushing touchdowns. Beauvil had three sacks and seven tackles. Teammate Ryan Tobin had nine tackles.
Dobbs Ferry 37, Bronxville 17: At Bronxville, Chris Addorisio rushed for three touchdowns and Tim Soave added two as the reigning Class C state champ clinched a Class C playoff berth. Soave rushed for 169 yards and scored both of his touchdowns in the first half as Dobbs built a 28-3 halftime lead. Luke Marrone rushed for a touchdown and Andrew Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone for Bronxville’s other score.
John Jay 44, Fox Lane 28: At Fox Lane, Jack Lambert accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving and one passing) to break the school record for most combined touchdowns. Lambert now has 27 varsity touchdowns, three more than previous record-holder Sean Scott, who set the mark in 1989.
Fox Lane’s Chris Johnson returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.
North Bergen 21, New Rochelle 20: At North Bergen, New Rochelle squandered a 20-0 lead, allowing three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to drop its first game of the season. The Huguenots built their lead by halftime. They had a chance to add to it in the third quarter but were stopped on fourth and goal from the 1.
“The wheels started coming off the cart,” New Rochelle coach Lou DiRienzo said. “We didn’t respond.”
Khalid Edney, Wijante Holden and Jon Forrest each rushed for touchdowns in the first half, but North Bergen began having success on screen passes and broken plays and also recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter to expedite the comeback.
North Bergen entered the game 4-2. It won the North 1 Group 4 state championship last season, but was later stripped of the title for recruiting violations.
“They had a lot of speed and it caught up with us,” DiRienzo said. “There were a lot of lessons to be learned from this. It was certainly a winnable game and a great experience to be playing over in Jersey. We just didn’t finish the deal.”
Byram Hills 49, Lincoln 14: At Lincoln, the Bobcats rushed for 537 yards. Mike Sardo (164 yards), Skyler Simon (133), Ian Rawn (105) and Ben Ratner (102) all went over 100 yards and Simon and Rawn each rushed for two touchdowns. Matt DiCristofaro went 9 for 14 for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Simon also had two interceptions and Sardo one.
Brewster 39, Gorton 22: At Gorton, Brian McNeil threw for five touchdowns and 219 yards to lead the Bears (7-0) to an undefeated regular season.
“I’m really happy for them,” Brewster coach Ed Mulvihill said. “They’re a hard-working group; they made it easy for the coaching staff.”
Eddie Shoenig had two receiving touchdowns for the Bears, and Joe Serrechia added a 77-yard kickoff return on top of his 21-yard touchdown grab. Fernando Solis rushed 21 times for 91 yards.
“He’s been outstanding running the ball for us this year,” Mulvihill said of Solis. “He gets a lot of tough yards.”
Brewster plays Panas Thursday in what Mulvihill expects to be a “great game.”