The weather calls for temps in the mid 60s and cloudy skies today. Frankly, it wouldn’t normally be worth getting too excited about, but I think we should cherish the mediocre weather. Beginning Sunday it’s going to be a few wet, wet days ahead – and maybe a few without football. And that may be an improvement over last year. Remember that? No? Well, maybe THIS will trigger your memory.
A few quick things this morning:
1. I’m out today. Yes, it’s not ideal, but I have a family obligation.
2. You’re in good hands. Rick Carpiniello (@LoHudCarp) has John Jay-New Ro; Brian Heyman (@LoHudInsider) has Woodlands-Bronxville; Mike Dougherty (@hoopsmbd) has Dobbs-Rye Neck; and Adam Berger (@LoHudBerger) had North Rockland-Mamaroneck.
3. If your team is involved in a non-playoff matchup game, check this post. I separated all of the non-playoff teams into pods of four. The winners of those games play the winners and the losers play the losers next week. For example, Tappan Zee and Yorktown both won so they will play and Port Chester will play John Jay.
Carp and I will post final scores and recaps online during the afternoon and evening. Also, be sure to check my Twitter feed, which will share plenty of scores and stats throughout the day.
Enjoy the football!
Saturday’s games -
Class AA semifinals:
New Rochelle 27, John Jay-East Fishkill 0
North Rockland 28, Mamaroneck 7
Class C semifinals:
Woodlands 35, Bronxville 7
Rye Neck 25, Dobbs Ferry 7
Class D semifinals:
Haldane 52, Palisade Prep 8
Tuckahoe 45, Yonkers Montessori 0
Albertus Magnus 39, Hastings 15
Ossining 36, Pearl River 6
Irvington 49, Roosevelt 6
Eastchester 28, Fox Lane 20
Iona Prep 49, Fordham Prep 0
Rye Country Day 51, Kingswood-Oxford 26
Stepinac 29, Monsignor Farrell 15
Hopkins 29, Hackley 28
Westlake 19, Ardsley 14
Mahopac 28, Clarkstown North 0
Horace Greeley 20, Gorton 8
Scarsdale 27, Clarkstown South 6
Pawling 38, Valhalla 0
Kennedy (1-5) at Briarcliff (2-5), 11 a.m.
Lincoln (1-6) at Yonkers (1-6) at Gorton HS, 1:30 p.m.
Pelham (0-7) at Riverside (0-7) at Lincoln HS, 3 p.m.
Class AA semifinals —
North Rockland 28, Mamaroneck 7: The defending AA champion and No. 2-seeded Red Raiders used a strong run game and a defense that bent but did not break to beat No. 3 Mamaroneck 28-7 on Saturday afternoon in a Section 1 Class AA semifinal game at Cordisco Stadium.
Either North Rockland or New Rochelle has won every AA championship since 1998. They will meet again in the championship game at Mahopac High Saturday.
North Rockland’s Nick Connell ran the ball 21 times for 116 yards and a touchdown, also scoring on a 44-yard screen play. Mamaroneck’s Dan McCarthy completed 12 of 25 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. The score came late in the fourth quarter on a beautiful 63-yard deep ball to Matt Mohr down the right sideline.
New Rochelle 27, John Jay-East Fishkill 0: The No. 1-seeded Huguenots saw their string of five straight AA titles and seven in eight years stopped in the semifinal, at the goal line, at North Rockland last year. They will meet again, this time for the championship, Saturday.
Jason Ceneus ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, and also picked off a pass. Quarterback Khalil Edney – surprisingly, the only player who was on the team that went to the title game in 2010 – was 7 of 10 passing for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Joe Clarke caught three of those passes for 137 and two TDs, including a spin move that turned into a 95-yarder … after which he missed the extra point kick.
“I was too tired,” he laughed. “I was done.”
Corey Holder’s strip-sack of John Jay quarterback Kyle Contreras and Jon Forrest’s recovery set up a big touchdown before the half. Wjhante Holden had a pick. On a John Jay first-and-goal inside the one, Steven Noake came out of a pileup with the football.
“We’re back,” Edney said. “New Rochelle’s back.”
Class C semifinals —
Woodlands 35, Bronxville 7: Justin Riccio threw for 175 yards and three touchdowns — making an interception to set up one of them — and No. 1 Woodlands cruised past fourth-seeded Bronxville 35-7.
The Falcons (8-0) will face No. 2 Rye Neck (7-0) in the Class C championship game at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Mahopac, going in pursuit of their first sectional title since 1993.
They jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter. Riccio found Raymond Jackson and Tyrone Barber for 4- and 2-yard scores, respectively, sandwiched around D’Andre Tilford’s 1-yard touchdown run. It was a 21-7 game at the half, and then Woodlands scored on its first possession of the third quarter. Barber took a screen pass 40 yards to the end zone.
Bronxville dropped to 4-4.
Rye Neck 25, Dobbs Ferry 7: The Panthers took steps to quiet the critics, getting three touchdowns from quarterback Tom Pipolo and limiting Dobbs Ferry with a stubborn and straightforward defense. The defense allowed its first points of the season, but held Section 1’s leading rusher, Tim Soave, to 25 yards on 11 carries. The junior had rushed for 100 or more yards in all seven previous games this season. Alex Anderson had 10 tackles and Matt Brennan and Jakob Calvini each had a sack.
Rye Neck dominated time of possession, and when the Eagles came back and took a 7-6 lead, the offense needed just three plays to answer. Dom Brescia’s 64-yard run set up Pipola’s one-yard plunge. A halfback option pass from Calvini to Ryan Morningstar gave Rye Neck an 18-7 lead at the half.
Morningstar finished with 13 carries for 89 yards as the Panthers rushed for 273 yards as a team.
“Everybody has been saying that we played a cupcake schedule,” Rye Neck center and defensive tackle Matt Brennan said. “They said we’d lose to Blind Brook. They said we’d lose to Magnus. They said we’d lose to Hastings. And then they said we had no shot against Dobbs Ferry. Well, none of those things came to fruition.”
Up next is a Woodlands team that took down Bronxville with a resounding thud, 35-7. The championship game is Sunday at Mahopac High School at 4:30 p.m. The Panthers will be playing for a Section 1 title for the first time since 2005.
They have not won a championship since the current playoff scenario was put in place in 1993.
“We always believed,” Calvini said. “We had to prove ourselves to everybody.”
Class D semifinals —
Tuckahoe 45, Yonkers Montessori 0: In a Class D semifinal at No. 1 Tuckahoe, Shyheim Nixon had five carries for 65 yards, including a touchdown, and completed 2 of 3 passes for 24 yards. Nick Reisman had 10 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. Mike Rosell rushed for two touchdowns.
Kayvon Reid and Darwin Roman each ran for a touchdown, and J.C. Pullino returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown.
Haldane 52, Palisade Prep 8: At No. 2 Haldane, Bayley Semple completed 8 of 10 passes for 108 yards and four touchdowns. Semple also carried the ball five times for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore Brian McCollum caught two touchdown passes — his first TD catches
since joining the varsity this year. Junior Dylan Kenny also scored his
first varsity touchdown, on a 1-yard run. Nick DiGregorio added a rushing
touchdown and a receiving touchdown.
No. 2 Haldane will take on top-seeded Tuckahoe in Saturday¹s 2 p.m.
championship game at Mahopac High School. The teams tied 27-27 during the
Non-playoff games —
Westlake 19, Ardsley 14: In a non-playoff game at Ardsley, Dan Bassi rushed 24 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns and J.R. Policarpio rushed for 95 yards and a score. The Wildcats secured five turnovers to help rally from a 14-0 halftime deficit. Ardsley’s George Difiore had 12 carries for 156 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown.
Albertus Magnus 39, Hastings 15: In a non-playoff game at Torne Valley, Daniel Lopez passed for three touchdowns ‹ one each to Nico Denis, Discard Bauevil and Tom McConnel. Bauevil and Denis each also rushed for a touchdown.
Ossining 36, Pearl River 6: In a non-playoff game at Pearl River, Josh Almodovar rushed for two touchdowns in the the first quarter. Michael O’Connor completed all three of his pass attempts to Noah Morton for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Irvington 49, Roosevelt 6: In a non-playoff game at Irvington, Dillon D’Arrigo completed 5 of 5 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns. Hunter Gizzi had five carries for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Victor Rodriguez and Dillon Morley each ran for a touchdown.
Eastchester 28, Fox Lane 20: In a non-playoff game at Eastchester, Anthony Galluci threw three touchdown passes, including two to Jack Calby. Mike Marsico added a 62-yard interception return. Fox Lane¹s Jared Nickerson had a 91-yard touchdown run.
Iona Prep 49, Fordham Prep 0: At Iona Prep, Mario Biaggi and Shaquille Townsend each rushed for two touchdowns, and Nick D’Angelo and Robert Madison each had one. Nick Kryza threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Lawrence.
Rye Country Day 51, Kingswood-Oxford 26: At Rye Country Day, Raishaun McGhee had 10 carries for 219 yards — including touchdown runs of 50 and 75 yards — and completed 7 of 9 passes for 111 yards, including 20-yard TD toss to Tyler Fernadez. Fernandez also ran for two touchdowns, as did Tyler Miller.
Stepinac 29, Monsignor Farrell 15: At Farrell, Danny Hoffer completed 10 of 16 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and also had nine carries for 36 yards. Ryan Burnett rushed for 180 yards and Chrystian Lopez had three receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Demarcus Miller returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown.
Hopkins 29, Hackley 28: At Hackley, Joe McDermott threw two touchdown passes to Mustafa Dais. Ian Parnell added two touchdown runs as Hackley (6-1) dropped its first game of the season.
All games at Mahopac High School:
Saturday, Nov. 3
Class D championship
No. 1 Tuckahoe (5-2-1) vs. No. 2 Haldane (3-4-1), 2 p.m.
Class AA championship
No. 1 New Rochelle (7-1) vs. No. 2 North Rockland (7-1), 5 p.m.
Class B championship
No. 1 Our Lady of Lourdes (8-0) vs. No. 2 Pleasantville (6-2), 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4
Class A championship
Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.
Class C championship
No. 1 Woodlands (8-0) vs. No. 2 Rye Neck (7-0), 4:30 p.m.