The winner from Week 5 was one of our late-to-the-party participants, “garnet10580,” who was the only participant to hit on eight picks last week. Everyone else fell between 4-7 correct, including the contest leader, “Mr. Clean.”
I continued to slump in the Top 10 picks despite getting 28 of the other 29 winners correct. Who picks these Top 10 games, anyway?
Josh’s picks —
Top 10: 30-20 (5-5 last week)
Overall: 149-43 (33-6 last week)
THE TOP 10 —
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Rye (5-0) vs. Sleepy Hollow (5-0)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Rye High School
Key players: Rye — Andrew Livingston (6-1, 170), Jr., QB; Chris Santangelo (5-10, 170), Sr., WR/DB; Shane O’Malley (5-9, 170), Sr., RB/LB. Sleepy Hollow — Devin Lopez (5-9, 165), Sr., QB/DB; Dante Ellis (5-8, 175), Sr., RB/LB; Nick Arduino (6-1, 175), Sr., WR/DB.
Key matchup: Rye’s containment of Lopez
Outlook: Only four unbeaten teams remain in Section 1, and that will be whittled down to three after this game. It will pit two of the section’s top quarterbacks head to head, but Livingston and Lopez and their offenses have quite contrasting approaches. Livingston and his receivers will stretch the field vertically. Lopez does just as much of his damage on the ground (730 yards passing; 648 rushing). Rye’s defense will need to contain Lopez’s rushing and turn him into a passer. Both teams should score, so a stop or two could prove to be the difference.
Prediction: Rye 35, Sleepy Hollow 20. I don’t know that Rye will do to Lopez what it did to Justin Davidov, but Rye has the most complete team in Class A. It will prove just that Friday night.
Ossining (4-1) vs. Nyack (4-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Ossining High School
Key players: Ossining — Justin Davidov (5-11, 180), Sr., QB; James Johnson (5-11, 160), Sr., WR/DB; Solomon White (5-7, 160), Sr., RB/DB/KR. 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.
Key matchup: Ossining’s high-scoring offense vs. Nyack’s stingy defense
Outlook: In all likelihood, the winner will earn a spot in the Class A playoffs and the loser will be out. That would make the game fascinating in its own right, but it will also send one of Class A’s most prolific offenses, led by Davidov (1,401 yards passing and rushing), vs. one of it’s stingiest defenses. Nyack shut out Poughkeepsie last week to post its third shutout of the season. The Indian offense has improved thanks to the underrated Mews, whose passing and rushing has balanced a running game led by Alcime. Nyack’s defense had trouble two weeks ago with another dual threat QB – Sleepy Hollow’s Devin Lopez – and will have to prove it’s up to a similar challenge. The offense should be able to move the ball effectively.
Prediction: Ossining 28, Nyack 20. As several of you have already pointed out, this is a brutal game to pick. Looking at common opponents only makes your head hurt. I’ll take Ossining, which is on its home field and should be well-rested after last week’s easy win.
Harrison (4-1) vs. Yorktown (3-2)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Harrison High School
Key players: Harrison — Jake Marino (5-10, 175), Sr., RB/DB; Ryan Knox (5-11, 205), Sr.. OL/DL; Brendan Pyne (5-11, 190), So., QB/LB. Yorktown — Eric Meyreles (5-8, 160), Sr., RB/DB; Ricky Corrado (5-11, 190), Sr., TE/DE; Connor Vercruysse (6-2, 190), Sr., FB/LB.
Key matchup: Harrison defensive front vs. Yorktown’s running game
Outlook: After an inconsistent start to the season, Yorktown made a major statement in last week’s 42-14 victory over Horace Greeley. The Quakers had just upset and overpowered Harrison, but it was Yorktown decisively winning the battle up front just a week later. The ‘Huskers rushed for 446 yards, averaging over 10 yards a clip. The return of their best player, Meyreles, seemed to help everything come together. Now, Yorktown will have repeat that performance in a game that could determine who goes to the Class A playoffs and who stays home. Harrison doesn’t want to be that team after showing so much preseason promise. One key will be whether or not injured senior Mike Amicucci (ankle) is available after sitting out the last two games. When healthy, he and Marino are one of the section’s top rushing duos.
Prediction: Harrison 28, Yorktown 21. I liked Harrison before the season and there is still plenty of talent there. With a playoff berth in jeopardy, I trust that the Huskies will show up. If they lose, it will be because Yorktown is just better.
Nanuet 20, Our Lady of Lourdes 13. Momentum is in the Golden Knights’ favor. They’ve just played better and better since losing Week 1.
North Rockland 21, Clarkstown South 10. If the Red Raiders were going to sleepwalk on this game, they won’t now — not after South played John Jay so tough last week.
Chaminade 24, Stepinac 14. The Chaminade D might be the best Stepinac has faced. The Flyers have allowed just four TDs the last four weeks combined.
Rye Neck 19, Woodlands 12. If Rye Neck is this year’s Class C favorite, now is the time to show it.
Mahopac 21, Ketcham 14. The Indians won’t shut out a team as prolific as Ketcham, but they have the defense to get stops when it matters most.
Ardsley 20, Irvington 17. This one should be tight, but Ardsley seems like a team finding its rhythm.
John Jay 28, Horace Greeley 21. Tough game to pick. Both teams played perhaps their worst games of the season last week. So who bounces back stronger?
White Plains 33, Mount Vernon 8
Poughkeepsie 34, Pelham 7
Ramapo 19, Fox Lane 7
Arlington 24, Carmel 10
Pleasantville 27, Edgemont 13
John Jay-East Fishkill 24, Mamaroneck 0
Lakeland 28, Brewster 27
Valhalla 13, Yonkers Montessori 6
New Rochelle 41, Suffern 7
Putnam Valley 26, Briarcliff/Hamilton 7
Somers 41, Port Chester 6
Albertus Magnus 45, Tri-Valley 14
Holy Trinity 28, Iona Prep 13
Horace Mann 27, Harvey 12
Spring Valley 34, Lincoln 20
Pearl River 31, Gorton 19
Bronxville 24, Riverdale 13
Tappan Zee 34, Riverside 6
Tuckahoe 44, Early College 0
Panas 33, Peekskill 8
Pawling 22, Blind Brook 14
Beacon 34, Yonkers 0
Haldane 29, Palisade Prep 8
Croton-Harmon 20, Westlake 19
Scarsdale 27, Clarkstown North 14
Dobbs Ferry 33, Hastings 6
Peru 33, Hackley 21
Byram Hills 27, Hen Hud 6
Eastchester 35, Saunders 7
PICKS’ CONTEST —
Overall, after Week 5:
36 — Mr. Clean
35 — The Champ is Here, Panasonic
34 — Prince, Voice of the Panthers
33 — coolbrze
32 — Joey D, KnightNation
31 — redknight, DutchessFBFan, IonaPower, I’m No Al Bundy, 3rd and about 7, dooyah, Snowman
30 — HAYWOOD, Josh, The Donald, Hollow Fan, Moe Green, ASHS, Don 10545, Dragon Fever
29 — Rotten Tomato, oldnintheway, Cuse, aces wild
28 — LG#21, HornetD, RIVER INDIAN, Gael Force
27 — COACH-D-23, Chief Wild Eagle, class b observer, WingTGuy, Football 44
26 — Halle Lynhart, jetsstink
25 — Matt the CHSFL Fan
23 — 10960
22 — Statesman, Loudmouth, HSFootballFan13, Jeff P.
21 — I’m Sorry, garnet10580
20 — Big Blue
19 — Rocklandfootball, football’s awesome
17 — MisterFist
14 — MurdaMark
12 — Sect 1, djardan
10 — In the Stands, jppville
6 — Wondering
5 — Bulldogs, Step Rulez, Headless
8 — garnet10580
7 — The Champ is Here, Panasonic, KnightNation, IonaPower, I’m No Al Bundy, 3rd and about 7, dooyah, Snowman, ASHS, Don 10545, Dragon Fever, jetsstink, 10960, djardan
6 — Mr. Clean, Prince, coolbrze, Joey D, redknight, DutchessFBFan, Moe Green, oldnintheway, Cuse, aces wild, Gael Force, class b observer, WingTGuy, Football 44, Matt the CHSFL Fan, football’s awesome, Wondering, Voice of the Panthers
5 — Josh, The Donald, Hollow Fan, Rotten Tomato, LG#21, HornetD, RIVER INDIAN, Chief Wild Eagle, Halle Lynhart, HSFootballFan13, Jeff P., jppville
4 — HAYWOOD, COACH-D-23, Statesman, Loudmouth, Big Blue
DNP –I’m Sorry, Rocklandfootball, MisterFist, MurdaMark, Sect 1, In the Stands, Bulldogs, Step Rulez, Headless