Time to take a look at the best performances of Week 5.
Last week’s No. 1 recipient was Cameron Crabbe, who delivered early, often and esepcially late in a comeback win at Ketcham. If you have someone who produced in the clutch like Crabbe, or have a candidate who put up gaudy numbers, tweet me @lohudinsider or shoot me an e-mail with that player’s credentials at email@example.com.
Now, here’s a countdown from No. 10 to No. 1, but, remember: Gaudy stats are impossible to ignore, but the situation and the importance of the game are factored into the equation.
WEEK 5 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)
Luke Kern went 6 for 6 for 188 yards and three TDs, all in the first half of Albertus Magnus’ 50-14 defeat of Palisade Prep. … Will Moss rushed for 114 yards and a TD in Haldane’s 39-8 win over visiting Yonkers Montessori. … Anthony Squillante had three of his team’s eight sacks in Byram Hills’ 20-0 shutout of Pelham. … Christian Pankey of Rye Country Day rushed for 183 yards and a TD in a 21-7 defeat of visiting Hopkins. … Giuseppe Maddalena rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown and threw for 45 yards, including the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of Tappan Zee’s 14-13 comeback win over Pearl River in the Orange Bowl. … Nick O’Connor rushed for 160 yards and two TDs and also intercepted a pass in Nanuet’s 45-8 win over visiting Briarcliff/Hamilton. … Pat Bisconti led Bronxville with 25 carries for 175 yards and two scores in a 49-6 win at Pawling. … Brandon Coleman went 8 for 15 for 90 yards and a TD and rushed 18 times for 127 yards in Stepinac’s 28-7 win at Monsignor Farrell.
10. Kyle Catalano, Brewster: Catalano caught seven passes for 193 yards and three TDs from QB Liam DaRos—including an 81-yard score—in Brewster’s 38-18 triumph over Gorton.
9. Greg Lenane, Lakeland: Against one of the section’s highest-scoring offenses, Lenane delivered a pair of interceptions, including one that he returned 80 yards for a score with just over a minute remaining in a 20-6 defeat of previously unbeaten John Jay.
8. John Brophy, Panas: With a win likely securing a playoff berth, the senior bulled his way to 31 carries, 206 yards, and a TD in the Panthers’ 21-7 victory over visiting Eastchester.
7. Quamel Broadhurst, Nyack: The Indians posted their third shutout of the season and earned an emotional 26-0 victory over visiting Poughkeepsie. Broadhurst keyed that effort with a pair of interceptions. The senior also caught a TD.
6. James Leyden, Pleasantville: The senior produced the week’s top defensive performance. He had 4 1/2 sacks, recovered a fumble and returned an interception 25 yards for a score to highlight another strong performance from the Panther D as they topped Westlake 40-21.
5. Yorktown offensive line: The rebuilt ‘Husker line played beyond its years in Saturday’s key 42-14 victory over visiting Horace Greeley. The big men paved the way for 446 yards and six touchdowns rushing. That included an average of more than 10 yards per carry.
4. Devin Lopez, Sleepy Hollow: The senior dominated in all phases in Sleepy’s 39-26 victory at Beacon. He carried the ball 22 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns, but also went 8 for 14 through the air for 101 yards and his team’s other two TDs.
3. Jonathan Forrest, New Rochelle: The junior rallied his Huguenots from a 26-14 deficit by scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone. He finished with 25 carries for 144 yards and four touchdowns in New Ro’s 36-26 comeback victory, its 11th straight over rival White Plains.
2. George DiFiore, Ardsley: The senior scored two touchdowns and caught a pair of interceptions in Ardsley’s 28-22 upset of Our Lady of Lourdes, which is the defending Class B champ and had won its 11 games against Section 1 opponents. DiFiore rushed for 74 yards and a TD and caught three passes for 80 yards, including a 50-yard TD from Joe DeGuardia. His second interception came on the first after Lourdes recovered an onside kick with less than two minutes to play.
1. Tyrone Barber, Woodlands: The senior running back scored every point and compiled a whopping 374 yards of offense in Woodlands’ 38-21 victory over previously unbeaten Dobbs Ferry. Barber carried 35 times for 349 yards and four touchdowns, but he also: caught two passes for 28 yards and a score; caught a pair of two-point conversions; and rushed for a pair of two-point conversions.