So here we are, already on the cusp of the playoffs. If you want to get fired up, check out the obvious excitement pulsating through players and coaches this week.
Sure, next week will be great in its own right with rivals colliding all over the area, especially on Saturday. But right now, the local football world is fixated on one thing: Who’s in and who’s out.
Tonight’s slate includes most of this week’s key games. We will hit three of them: I’m heading to Rye-Sleepy Hollow (@lohudinsider) to see Class A’s last two unbeatens; Dan DeFrancesco will head Ossining-Nyack (@lohud_defran), a game that will 100 percent determine a playoff berth; and Mike Dougherty will hit Harrison-Yorktown (@hoopsmbd) in what is also likely a in-or-out game for both teams. Also, for the biggest game in Class B tonight, Lourdes-Nanuet, the Poughkeepsie Journal’s Sean T. McMann (@JournalSean) will be in the house.
Check back tonight for scores and game recaps. Should be a great night.
Friday’s games —
White Plains 35, Mount Vernon 0
Poughkeepsie 26, Pelham 0
Ramapo 14, Fox Lane 7
New Rochelle 33, Suffern 7
North Rockland 3, Clarkstown South 0
John Jay-East Fishkill 37, Mamaroneck 21
Yorktown 28, Harrison 7
Brewster 20, Lakeland 12 (2 OT)
Somers 43, Port Chester 7
Rye 43, Sleepy Hollow 18
Ossining 33, Nyack 25
Our Lady of Lourdes 22, Nanuet 17
Pleasantville 28, Edgemont 7
Putnam Valley 42, Briarcliff/Hamilton 7
Albertus Magnus 44, Tri-Valley 8
Yonkers Montessori 28, Valhalla 22 (2 OT)
Carmel 14, Arlington 6
Ramapo 14, Fox Lane 7: At Fox Lane, Rojay McDonald rushed for two touchdowns as the Gryphons clinched their first playoff berth since 2008. Preston Persona also caught a two-point pass from Ahkim Santana. Ramapo earned the No. 3 seed from its league and will likely visit either White Plains or Ketcham in the Class AA quarterfinals in two weeks.
John Jay-East Fishkill 37, Mamaroneck 21: At Mamaroneck, Jared Sanchez rushed for two touchdowns and returned a kickoff for another score. Ryan Schumacher threw a pair of touchdowns to Robert Schumacher. Daniel Gottlieb and Bill Flatow each threw touchdowns for Mamaroneck. (Information from @LMCTVSports) John Jay finished its league schedule unbeaten at 6-0 and earned one of two No. 1 seeds in the Class AA playoffs. The Patriots will likely host either Mahopac or Scarsdale two weeks from now in the quarterfinals.
Brewster 20, Lakeland 12 (2 OT): At Brewster, the Bears won their third straight game after starting the season 0-3. Liam DaRos threw a 13-yard TD to Joe Buonadonna on the first possession of the second overtime. He then hit Kyle Catalano for the two-point conversion. Jeremy Meissner then intercepted Lakeland QB Brian Prunty on the ensuing possession to win the game for the Bears. The game was tied after regulation. In the first overtime, Jimmy Flaherty scored on a 10-yard run for Lakeland and DaRos answered with a 20-yard strike to Catalano, but neither team converted its extra point.
Somers 43, Port Chester 7: At Somers, Tim Cousin threw touchdowns to Connor Cousin and Erik Carnazza. Joe Spor scored a pair of touchdowns, one on a run and another on a punt return. Somers built a 36-0 halftime lead. The defending Class A champ clinched a playoff berth with the victory and will likely visit either Panas or Tappan Zee in the quarterfinals in two weeks.
Our Lady of Lourdes 22, Nanuet 17: At Lourdes, Dean Rotger scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 5-yard run and added a two-point pass to Steven Kadner with 1:28 remaining in the game. Nanuet had taken a 17-14 lead five minutes earlier on an 81-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Hanney to Nick O’Connor. (Information from @JournalSean)
Pleasantville 28, Edgemont 7: At Parkway Field in Pleasantville, James Leyden had three sacks and Austin Greto returned a fumble recovery 17 yards for a touchdown. Enrico Ruotolo rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Quarterback Anthony Godino returned after missing two games because of a concussion and finished 6 for 12 for 106 yards, including a 70-yard pass to Leyden and a 10-yard touchdown to Greg Drillock. Chris Kim led Edgemont with 124 yards rushing on just 10 carries. He opened the scoring with a 61-yard TD run in the first quarter.
Putnam Valley 42, Briarcliff/Hamilton 7: At Purchase College, six different players scored touchdowns for the Tigers. Zach Nolan ran for a score and threw another to Jelani Bell-Isaac. Rich Goods, Rich Dunphy, Zach Girvalo and Dean D’Alessio all rushed for touchdowns.
Albertus Magnus 44, Tri-Valley 8: At Albertus Magnus, Corey Jean-Charles rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries. Joe Denise rushed for 167 yards and a score on 12 carries. Luke Kern rushed for 97 yards and threw for another 45. Stephane Joseph led the Albertus defense with three sacks.
Yonkers Montessori 28, Valhalla 22 (2 OT): At Valhalla, Gabe Ramos scored three touchdowns and a two-point conversion and played linebacker on defense throughout the double-OT victory.
Carmel 14, Arlington 6: At Arlington, Mark Gualano rushed for both Carmel touchdowns. Teammate Will Lawrence intercepted Arlington’s QB Brandon Tobin in the end zone with 1:12 remaining in the game.
Rye 43, Sleepy Hollow 18: At Rye, Andrew Livingston went 8 for 15 for 282 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. He threw two touchdowns apiece to Tim DeGraw, Chris Santangelo and Jay Little. Rye earned the top seed from its league with the victory.
Sleepy Hollow star quarterback Devin Lopez (left shoulder) did not play and his availability for next week’s rivalry game with Ossining is in jeopardy, according to coach Steve Borys.
For more on the game, CLICK HERE to read the game story.
Yorktown 28, Harrison 7: At Harrison, the ‘Huskers scored 28 unanswered points to clinch their first playoff berth since 2010. Kris Alvarado returned an interception of Brendan Pyne 44 yards for a TD to tie the score. Harrison struck first on a trick play when Pyne lateraled to Joey Nannariello, who threw a touchdown to Jake Marino.
For more on the game, CLICK HERE to read Mike Dougherty’s game story.
Ossining 33, Nyack 25: At Ossining, Justin Davidov went 6 for 10 for 100 yards and a touchdown and rushed 13 times for 99 yards and a score. He threw a 56-yard touchdown to Michael O’Connor on the second play from scrimmage and later ran 50 yards for another TD. Adonis Alcime rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries for Nyack. Jordan Mews threw a touchdown to Jahnai Henry with 7:15 remaining to cut the Indians’ deficit to 26-25, but they failed to convert on the two-point play.
For more on the game, CLICK HERE to read Dan DeFrancesco’s game story.