Photo credit: John Jay defense vs. Ketcham offense, photo by Karl Rabe / Poughkeepsie Journal
1. John Jay-East Fishkill (3-0, Last week: 2) — John Jay beat Arlington on a late field goal, but did so shorthanded. That gives the Patriots two quality wins (North Rockland and Arlington). Anyone else have a pair of wins that strong?
2. Ketcham (3-0, Last week: 3) — For a team known for its inconsistency (I mentioned this last week), Ketcham sure did handle its business, winning 34-0 at North. Check out the 2013 Kevin Duke highlights I posted on Twitter; the senior QB can sling it.
3. Stepinac (2-1, Last week: 1) — I considered keeping the Crusaders No. 1, but they definitely still have some weaknesses to sure up. Last week’s game against St. Anthony’s was closer than the final score indicated because Stepinac won the turnover battle, but that was negated by St. Anthony’s two-to-one edge in yardage that hints it could be more lopsided next time.
4. North Rockland (2-1, Last week: 4) — Based on Arlington’s performance last week against John Jay, this week’s game between the Admirals and North Rockland should be a good indicator of how much the latter has improved (or not) since Week 1.
5. Harrison (3-0, Last week: 7) — After getting a look at some of Class AA’s playoff-caliber teams, Harrison is back on the rise. The defense came to play last week in the Husky shutout of Tappan Zee. This week’s game at Greeley will be interesting. Greeley is on the rise and could be tough, but its strength — running — plays into Harrison’s hands.
6. Rye (3-0, Last week: 8) — It’s been a game of pitch-and-catch so far for Andrew Livingston, who already has thrown 10 touchdowns. Don’t expect that to slow down this week against Ossining, a team that likes to get up and down the field. This week will actually be a test to see just how good Rye’s defense is. Can the Garnets slow down Ossining, which averages 42.3 points per game? If so, they may be Mahopac-bound.
7. White Plains (3-0, Last week: 10) — The Tigers delivered exactly the type of win they have been missing the last few years. It showed a lot of character to regroup after falling into a 20-0 hole, but it also showed plenty of explosiveness. They can’t get overjoyed, however, not with Ketcham and New Rochelle waiting the next two weeks.
8. Somers (2-1, Last week: 9) — Somers proved just how good it can be last week. The Tuskers did everything and more to shed the disappointment from their loss to Rye, traveling to Beacon and winning 40-0. Boom. What a response.
9. John Jay (3-0, Last week: NR) — If you judge the Class A teams based solely on how they’ve played this season, John Jay could make a case as the top team in Class A. The Indians haven’t been winning; they’ve dispatched teams. Pearl River and Brewster both played Harrison relatively tough, but neither was much of a match for John Jay (72-13 combined score vs. 77-45 for Harrison).
10. Arlington (2-1, Last week: NR) — After the results from the last two weeks, that Week 1 win over Ramapo has looked better and better. You also have to credit the Admirals for holding tough last week against John Jay, a clear contender.
On the bubble: Sleepy Hollow (3-0), Ossining (3-0), New Rochelle (1-2), Mahopac (1-2), Ramapo (2-1).
Here are my class-by-class rankings and debut of my small-school rankings:
SMALL SCHOOL — Lourdes debuts as No. 1, and a pretty clear No. 1 at that.
1. Our Lady of Lourdes
2. Rye Neck
3. Dobbs Ferry
9. Rye Country Day
CLASS AA — Yes, with two losses, both New Rochelle and Mahopac are out of the Top 5 — for now — but expect one or both to make a return soon. I think it’s going to be that kind of season.
1. John Jay-EF
3. North Rockland
4. White Plains
CLASS A — Despite its blemished record, I still like Somers No. 3. Need evidence? How about last week’s 40-0 win at Beacon. (And, yes, Ossining would be No. 6.)
4. John Jay
5. Sleepy Hollow
CLASS B — Nanuet and Westlake were the latest to make statements in topsy-turvy Class B. Even Croton showed it is no pushover.
1. Our Lady of Lourdes
CLASS C/D — Bronxville strikes the first blow, but now has Dobbs after shutting down Woodlands last week.
1. Rye Neck
2. Dobbs Ferry
CHSFL/Private — Rye Country Day and Hackley were both off last week. So why they heck didn’t they play?
2. Iona Prep
4. Rye Country Day