I spent a few minutes checking in with Mamaroneck and Sleepy Hollow tonight. They are two of the county’s more intriguing teams. Mamaroneck faced scrutiny last year after it played a weak schedule and still earned one of the four coveted playoff spots in Class AA.
Six sophomores were key contributors on that team, including Marquez Jackson-Allen and Alex Parkinson, who are featured below in my video.
Mamaroneck must now replace QB Danny McCarthy and RB Robby Nigro, but those are just the names you know. In all, despite contributions from that strong sophomore class, the Tigers graduated 26 seniors.
“We’re young — again,” coach Anthony Vitti said.
Jackson-Allen is one of the rising two-way players in the area. He attended Rutgers camp earlier this month, but the Tigers will also need more young players to contribute, especially on the lines. That’s where they were hit the hardest.
Here’s more from Jackson-Allen and Parkinson:
Sleepy Hollow had a sneaky regular season and a serendipitous playoff draw last year to reach the Class A final. The Horsemen return a good portion of the speed and skill that propelled them to that point, namely all-state QB Devin Lopez, who was a terror running and throwing the ball in his first varsity season. A host of returning skill players led by Dante Ellis, Dionel Infante and Isaiah Sanjuan join him.
The question for Sleepy will be the inexperience of its defense and the right side of its offensive line. The O-line returns its entire left side but will be without the starting center, right guard, right tackle and tight end from last season. Lopez has already dealt with several injuries to his right ankle. They have frustrated him, but it’s still just June. They’ll be a lot more troubling if they persist because he has no time to operate during the season.
Here’s more from Lopez and Ellis: