In Week 1, the top honor went to Ossining quarterback Justin Davidov for his exploits in the air and on the ground. If you have someone who, like Davidov, you think is worthy, tweet me @lohudinsider or shoot me an e-mail with that player’s credentials at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, here’s a countdown from No. 10 to No. 1. As always, gaudy stats are impossible to ignore, but the situation and the importance of the game are factored into the equation.
WEEK 2 GAME BALLS
(Recipients are from schools in the coverage area—Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties; they are selected from statistics reported to The Journal News/lohud.com)
Honorable mention: – Tyrone Barber, Woodlands: The senior had 15 carries for 156 yards and three TDs and intercepted a pass in a 33-8 win at Haldane. – Anthony Capozzi, Lakeland: He scored four TDs in the heartbreaking 44-42 3 OT loss to Eastchester. That included an 88-yard kick return. He also had 111 yards receiving and caught a pair of scores from Brian Prunty. – Bronxville defense: For the second straight year, the Broncos’ D pitched a shutout against rival Tuckahoe. And, yet again, it was by the slimmest of margins: 7-0. – Liam Donegan, Clarkstown North: He picked off three passes in a 20-6 win over visiting Mount Vernon. – Tim Soave, Dobbs Ferry: The big senior rumbled for 250 more yards and three more touchdowns in a 27-14 victory over Albertus Magnus at Gould Park.
10. Brandon Coleman, Stepinac: In just his second varsity game, the junior QB was nearly perfect. He finished 13 for 14 for 209 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score as the Crusaders rolled at Xavier.
9. Jake Marino, Harrison: With his teammate Mike Amicucci (ankle) out, Marino had a another big game, rushing 17 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-21 win at Pearl River.
8. John Jay offensive line: This thin but talented group, led by senior tackle Etnik Rraci, paved the way to five rushing touchdowns in a 37-20 win at rival Yorktown that improved the Indians to 2-0.
7. Chris Santangelo, Rye: The senior delivered in all phases of the game. He caught a pair of second-half TDs from Andrew Livingston (30 and 17), one of them on fourth down with his team trailing. He also contributed on defense in the 20-13 win over Somers. That included a fumble recovery in the end zone on Somers’ opening drive.
6. Trey Hodge, Panas: The senior wideout caught a pair of touchdown passes from Liam Hagens in Panas’ 24-0 win over visiting Brewster Monday. He also played a key role at defensive back in the shutout, which was pitched against a team that threw for four TD passes against Harrison in Week 1.
5. Devin Lopez, Sleepy Hollow: The senior was a terror in Sleepy’s weather-interrupted 42-30 win over Poughkeepsie. He went 14 for 20 for 120 yards and rushed 24 times for 177 yards and three scores.
4. Jordan Mews, Nyack: He finished 7 for 11 for 185 yards and a touchdown that went 85 yards to Ralph Cruz and broke a scoreless tie midway through the fourth quarter. He also had two sacks playing in place of the injured Adonis Alcime at inside linebacker to lead Nyack to a 13-0 win at Byram Hills.
3. Justin Davidov, Ossining: After a big first half Thursday, the senior QB continued his strong game—and strong season—when play resumed Friday. He finished the 42-28 win at Spring Valley 10 for 21 for 226 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 209 yards and a score on 22 carries.
2. Will Tracy, Eastchester: Tracy was the workhorse throughout Eastchster’s dramatic 44-42 triple-OT win at Lakeland Monday, but he was at his best late. Among his four touchdowns, Tracy rushed for a 20-yard score on the second play of the third overtime and added a two-point run that provided the game’s winning points. He finished with 136 yards on 25 carries and, with the Eagles down 27-20, he even blocked a Lakeland field goal in the fourth quarter that would’ve made it a two-score game.
1. Jonathan Forrest, New Rochelle: The junior delivered when New Ro needed him most. Facing the prospect of an 0-2 start, Forrest ignited an offense that was scoreless at halftime for the second straight game. He rushed for 160 yards on 25 carries, including three for touchdowns. The last came with just over a minute to play to beat Mahopac 21-14.