The stage has been cleared tonight for Class B, which will host both of its semifinals at 7. The winners will play a week from tomorrow night at Mahopac.
I’ll be at Parkway Field in Pleasantville to see the Panthers host Nanuet. You can find my updates @LoHudInsider. Mike Dougherty will be in Poughkeepsie as Lourdes tries to end Croton’s two-plus year reign as Class B champ. You can find Mike’s updates @hoopsmbd.
There are also nine other games on the slate tonight, including some pretty good matchups. I’ll have final scores and recaps of all of tonight’s action afterward tonight, so log in for the details.
Enjoy the football!
Friday’s games —
Class B semifinals:
Our Lady of Lourdes 25, Croton-Harmon 0
Pleasantville 16, Nanuet 14
Peekskill 20, Blind Brook 14
Byram Hills 17, Lakeland 14
Rye 21, Spring Valley 0
Putnam Valley 30, Edgemont 17
Ramapo 40, Ketcham 32
Yorktown 56, John Jay 33
Carmel 35, Suffern 20
Arlington 33, Mount Vernon 0
Tappan Zee 41, Port Chester 6
Class B semifinal
Pleasantville 16, Nanuet 14: At Parkway field in Pleasantville, Anthony Godino went 17 for 28 for 200 yards and two touchdowns to lead the second-seeded Panthers. He hit Owen Reda and James Leyden for scores in the first half to give the Panthers a 16-0 lead at halftime. Greg Drillock finished with five receptions for 101 yards.
“We were hitting it early and I was getting hot, so we just kept going to it and going to it, trying to eventually open up the run,” said Godino, a junior. “In the second half, we came out and tried to pound the ball.”
Their defense held third-seeded Nanuet to just 17 yards on 13 plays in the first half and didn’t allow a first down until midway through the third quarter. Drillock, Reda and Patrick Bathon all had interceptions in the second half, but Nanuet rallied in the final minutes. Pete Smith scored its first touchdown with 2:33 remaining to cut the deficit to 16-6. Just 19 seconds later – and after the Golden Knights recovered an onside kick – sophomore quarterback Matt Carney hit Cody Fitzgerald for a 25-yard touchdown and ran in the two-point conversion.
“It looked like it was spiraling out of control right before my eyes,” Pleasantville coach Tony Becerra said. “It was like living a bad dream.”
Nanuet trailed 16-14 and failed to recover the ensuing onside kick. It regained possession with 36 seconds left and Carney quickly completed two passes down to the Pleasantville 27. His final pass was knocked down near the goal line as time expired.
“We were fighting for our lives,” said Nanuet coach Phil Carbone, whose team played without starting QB Ryan Hanney. “And that’s what happens when you fight for your life.”
Our Lady of Lourdes 25, Croton-Harmon 0: At Overlook Park in Poughkeepsie, top-seeded Lourdes defeated Croton, the two-time defending Class B champ. Andrew Bulson ran for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Christian Keenan returned an interception 42 yards for a score in the final seconds of the third quarter.
Croton remained close after the first half, trailing just 6-0. The defense forced Lourdes to turn the ball over on downs three times in the first half.
“At halftime, we thought we had the game,” Croton’s Alex Starr said. “We thought we’d come out and make it happen, but they came at us real fired up and we came out a little flat.”
Bulson doubled Lourdes’ lead on a 53-yard touchdown and Keenan followed up with his interception return. Jacob Weigard sacked Tigers’ quarterback Ben Gelfand three times.
A rash of injuries and illnesses forced Croton to play with just one regular starter on the offensive line (Alex Bowser).
“What they accomplished here tonight was phenomenal,” said head coach John Catano.
Tappan Zee 41, Port Chester 6: At Tappan Zee, Joe Letizia had 24 rushes for 260 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half. In the first quarter, the senior became the first Rockland County player to surpass 4,000 career rushing yards. He now has 4,234 yards with one game remaining next week against the winner of John Jay and Yorktown.
Letizia has now scored 55 total touchdowns in his career. He broke the Rockland record for both touchdowns and scoring, which were previously held by Clarkstown South’s Jim Cann. Cann scored 52 touchdowns and 321 points.
Carlos Aponte added 49 yards and a touchdown rushing and caught a 37-yard touchdown from Guiseppe Maddalena. Pat Walpole returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown. Dillon Frame had a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Peekskill 20, Blind Brook 14: At Blind Brook, Ramon Searight had 20 carries for 236 yards, including touchdown runs of 57 and 68 yards. He also caught an 18-yard touchdown from his brother Tyrone. Peekskill also stopped Blind Brook at the 3-yard line as time expired after the Trojans drove 90 yards in the final minutes.
Byram Hills 17, Lakeland 14: At Lakeland, Ian Rawn rushed for 139 yards, including a 45-yard score with 2:53 remaining. Brady Condron then blocked a field goal as time expired that would’ve tied the game. Anthony Kaplan scored on a 14-yard run to give Lakeland a 14-10 lead with 4:30 left in the game. Byram will play Nyack next week and Lakeland will meet Beacon.
Putnam Valley 30, Edgemont 17: At Putnam Valley, the Tigers won their fifth straight after an 0-3 start. Mike Walsh rushed for two touchdowns and Alex Bronzo rushed for one and caught a 34-yard screen pass from Zack Nolan for another score. Putnam Valley will meet the winner of Ardsley and Westlake next week. Edgemont will face the loser of that game.
Arlington 33, Mount Vernon 0: At Arlington, the Admirals won their first game of the season. Brandon Tobin threw a touchdown and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone. Kyle Dingman passed and rushed for touchdowns. Arlington will play Rye next week
Saturday, Nov. 3
Class B championship
At Mahopac High School:
No. 1 Our Lady of Lourdes (8-0) vs. No. 2 Pleasantville (6-2), 8 p.m.