“Mr. Clean” is the man again. After posting a 9-1 record in Week 3, “Mr. Clean” was dirty again in Week 4, tying for the top spot with an 8-2 mark. That gives “Mr. Clean” the solo lead with a 30-10 record through four weeks.
“Mr. Clean” tied for first for the week with “The Champ is Here,” “coolbrze,” “Moe Green,” “LG#21,” and “class b observer.” A bunch of us ended up with either six or seven correct. There was a pretty big split on most of the games, but it seems like most of us finished in the same place anyway.
Anyway, now we’re on to Week 5. Here are my picks and the complete results of our contest
for the Chief to pour over for mistakes:
Josh’s picks —
Top 10: 25-15 (7-3 last week)
Overall: 116-37 (30-11 last week)
THE TOP 10 —
GAMES OF THE WEEK
New Rochelle (2-2) vs. White Plains (4-0)
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: New Rochelle High School
Key players: New Rochelle — Jonathan Forrest (5-11, 200), Jr., RB/LB; Corey Holder (6-2, 215), Jr., OL/DL; Tajmir Anderson (5-7, 160), Sr., CB/KR. White Plains — Cameron Crabbe (6-1, 190), Sr., QB; Lukas Repetti (6-5, 240), Sr., TE/DE; Chris Jordan (5-11, 200), Sr., RB/LB.
Key matchup: New Rochelle pass defense vs. Crabbe and the White Plains passing game
Outlook: This is a rivalry that dates to the 19th century, but it has been decidedly one-sided the last decade. White Plains has not beaten New Rochelle since Week 1 of the 2003 season – a season, ironically, that ended with the Huguenots as the Class AA state champs. The tables have turned leading up to the game thanks to White Plains’ dramatics. The Tigers rallied from down 20 points to beat Mahopac two weeks ago and followed up by coming from 15 behind in the fourth quarter to stun Ketcham. Crabbe and the passing game have been integral in both comebacks and New Rochelle has shown in losses to Ketcham and Scarsdale that it can be susceptible to the pass. No doubt the Tigers will look to exploit that, but they also must buckle down defensively and prove they can stop Forrest, one of the area’s top running backs. It could be what determines whether or not they can end a decade-long drought.
Prediction: White Plains 20, New Rochelle 14. It won’t be easy — and may require some late dramatics — but this is the Tigers’ year to end their 10-year drought. Their offense has proved just as dynamic as Ketcham’s. Can New Ro keep up?
Nyack (3-1) vs. Poughkeepsie (0-4)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: MacCalman Field, Nyack
Key players: Nyack — Jordan Mews (6-0, 190), Sr., QB/DE; Adonis Alcime (5-11, 190), Jr., FB/LB; Trevor Gorton (5-9, 165), Sr., HB/DB. Poughkeepsie — Markel Green (5-10, 170), Sr., QB/DB; Shateak Jones (5-10, 180), Sr., RB/LB; Jovan Atkinson (6-3, 195), So., WR/DB.
Key matchup: Nyack defensive front vs. Poughkeepsie running game.
Outlook: The main storyline coming into the game will be John Castellano’s return to Nyack. The new Poughkeepsie coach won 180 games and two state championships at Nyack before departing after the 2010 season. Three years removed, the Indians might have their best team since. Mews and Alcime are key players on both sides of the ball. They will be asked to both move the ball and stop it, and a key will be limiting Poughkeepsie’s ground game on which the offense is predicated. The Pioneers were shutout last week by Byram Hills, a team Nyack has already beat. This matchup will no doubt be emotionally-charged; it is a win both sides want badly.
Prediction: Nyack 27, Poughkeepsie 13. This pick is pro-Nyack more than anything. The Indians proved they could hang with a good team last week. If they can overcome some swirling emotions, they should be fine.
Panas 27, Eastchester 20. If Panas is better than Lakeland and at home, it should get the better of Eastchester, which, you know, was evenly matched with the Hornets.
John Jay 33, Lakeland 19. Lakeland has some firepower, but I’m not sure the Hornets can keep up with John Jay, which has run on everybody.
Tappan Zee 34, Pearl River 17. The Orange Bowl returns! Right now, TZ clearly has an edge. In fact, the Dutchmen could grab control early with their running game if Pearl River’s offense is sputtering.
North Rockland 17, Ramapo 7. Don’t expect much offense. This will be a bruising game.
Lourdes 34, Ardsley 14. Ardsley might move the ball at times, but can the Panthers keep up?
Horace Greeley 28, Yorktown 20. I may be swayed by last weekend, but Greeley looked more than capable of winning another big game.
Dobbs Ferry 27, Woodlands 20. Dobbs could not contain Woodlands’ speed last year. Let’s see how far the Eagles have come.
St. Anthony’s 31, Iona Prep 7. Iona’s test will be whether or not it can score. The Gaels scored just 15 points in league games against quality opponents (Holy Cross and Chaminade). St. Anthony’s will be even tougher.
Brewster 26, Gorton 13
Mahopac 34, Clarkstown North 7
Arlington 21, Mamaroneck 7
Albertus Magnus 29, Palisade Prep 6
Ossining 41, Port Chester 12
Rye 35, Hen Hud 0
Ketcham 38, Suffern 13
Lincoln 41, Yonkers 0
Edgemont 33, Early College 6
Scarsdale 27, Mount Vernon 8
Sleepy Hollow 29, Beacon 13
Somers 37, Spring Valley 20
Rye Neck 44, Valhalla 6
Carmel 20, Fox Lane 13
Peekskill 22, Riverside 12
Byram Hills 35, Pelham 6
Pleasantville 20, Westlake 6
Haldane 22, Yonkers Montessori 12
Irvington 24, Croton-Harmon 13
Nanuet 33, Briarcliff/Hamilton 7
Bronxville 28, Pawling 12
John Jay-East Fishkill 24, Clarkstown South 7
Christ the King 38, Kennedy 12
Hackley 41, Eldred 0
Hopkins 35, Rye Country Day 14
Putnam Valley 37, Hastings 13
Tuckahoe 29, Blind Brook 12
Stepinac 34, Monsignor Farrell 28
Dalton 22, Havey 14
PICKS’ CONTEST —
Overall, after Week 4:
30 — Mr. Clean
29 — Prince
28 — The Champ is Here, Voice of the Panthers, Panasonic
27 — coolbrze
26 — HAYWOOD, Joey D
25 — Josh, The Donald, KnightNation, redknight, Hollow Fan, DutchessFBFAn
24 — Moe Green, IonaPower, I’m No Al Bundy, 3rd and about 7, dooyah, Snowman, Rotten Tomato
23 — LG#21, HornetD, oldnintheway, ASHS, COACH-D-23, Don 10545, Cuse, Dragon Fever, aces wild, RIVER INDIAN
22 — Chief Wild Eagle, Gael Force
21 — class b observer, Halle Lynhart, WingTGuy, Football 44, I’m Sorry
19 — jetsstink, Rocklandfootball, Matt the CHSFL Fan
18 — Statesman, Loudmouth
17 — HSFootballFan13, MisterFist, Jeff P.
16 — 10960, Big Blue
14 — MurdaMark
13 — football’s awesome, garnet 10580
12 — Sect 1
10 — In the Stands
5 — Bulldogs, Step Rulez, jppville, djardan, Headless
8 — Mr. Clean, The Champ is Here, coolbrze, Moe Green, LG#21, class b observer
7 — Prince, Voice of the Panthers, Josh, The Donald, Iona Power, HornetD, oldninthway, Chief Wild Eagle, football’s awesome, ASHS, COACH-D-23, HSFootballFan13, MisterFist
6 — Panasonic, HAYWOOD, KnightNation, garnet10580, Joey D, redknight, I’m No Al Bundy, Don 10545, Cuse, Halle Lynhart, WingTGuy, 10960, Football 44, jetsstink
5 — Hollow Fan, 3rd and about 7, DutchessFBFan, dooyah, Snowman, Dragon Fever, Rocklandfootball, aces wild, Gael Force, Matt the CHSFL Fan, Bulldogs
4 — Rotten Tomato, RIVER INDIAN, Jeff P.
3 — Statesman
DNP — Loudmouth, Sect 1, I’m Sorry, In the Stands, Big Blue, MurdaMark, Step Rulez, jppville, djardan, Headless