To put a wrap on an exciting Week 10, let’s take a look at the peak playoff performers in this week’s playoff games:
CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Cameron Crabbe, White Plains: The senior was the biggest difference-maker, hitting on 13 of 24 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown and rushing for another score. His scrambling gave an added element to the offense and helped escape pressure from North Rockland’s dominant defensive line.
2. Matt Berube, White Plains: Not only was Berube all over the field, he should’ve produced the game’s biggest play. Berube caught five passes for 92 yards, had an interception on defense and returned a blocked field goal 83 yards but had the touchdown called back for a block in the back that was well behind the play.
3. Matt Caputo, North Rockland: The senior was a workhorse, rushing for 172 yards, including his team’s only touchdown that was set up by a 65-yard run.
Honorable mention: Lukas Repetti caught three passes for 60 yards and was a standout defensively in White Plains’ win vs. North Rockland. … Daniel Bonner had a forced fumble that he recovered and blocked a field goal for White Plains.
CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Johnny Chrysogelos and Tim Fazzinga, Somers: On a day where the Tusker defense held high-scoring Rye to just seven points, no play was bigger than the one made by Chrysogelos and Fazzinga. They combined to not only stop Rye’s Tim DeGraw just short on the goal line on his fourth-and-goal run with about four minutes to play, they forced a fumble. Chrysogelos fell on the ball while rolling into the end zone to earn a touchback that gave Somers breathing room, giving the offense enough space to burn almost all of the remaining clock in the Tuskers’ 20-7 win.
2. Shane O’Malley, Rye: The senior carried a career-high 36 times, including 23 in the first half alone, and finished with a game-high 176 yards. He kept Rye afloat early, piling up more yards of offense in the first half (102) than either Rye or Somers had as a team.
3. Tim Cousin, Somers: The senior QB helped spark the first two touchdowns. He escaped a sack to buy time and hit Josh Riger downfield for a 60-yard touchdown to open the scoring. He then propelled Somers into Rye territory on a 31-yard run that set up Marc Fiocco’s touchdown. Cousin finished 2 for 3 for 62 yards and a score and rushed for 74 yards on eight carries.
Honorable mention: Erik Carnazza had two of Somers’ three first-half sacks. … Andrew Livingston heated up after a quiet first half and finished 10 for 20 for 178 yards with one TD and one INT. … Matt Arita had an interception and helped break up several passes for Somers.
CLASS D CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Enoch Penney-Laryea, Tuckahoe: He rushed 14 times for 142 yards and a touchdown, returned a blocked punt for a TD, made five tackles and recovered a fumble in the Tigers’ dominant 42-8 win over Haldane.
2. Mike Arborn, Tuckahoe: The two-way linemen helped Tuckahoe control the game, paving the way on the offensive line and recording 11 tackles to lead the defense.
3. Michael Castracucco, Tuckahoe: The senior QB finished 5 for 10 for 142 yards and connected with three different receivers on touchdowns. He also rushed for another 46 yards on five carries.
CHSFL AAA QUARTERFINAL: Stepinac vs. Iona Prep
1. Stepinac defense: Narendra Itwaru, Brian Harris, Chris Jordan, Damarcus Miller, Tatenda Zenenga and Osaze Perry-Porter were among those who had their moments, which indicates just how well the Crusader D played as a team. The defense limited Iona Prep to 167 total yards just three weeks after allowing 40 points in a 40-14 home loss to the Gaels.
2. Brandon Coleman, Stepinac: In a game starved for offense, the junior QB provided most of it. He went 12 for 22 for 127 yards and rushed for 63 yards and a score. After his touchdown scramble gave Stepinac the lead late in the third quarter, Coleman hit Jerry Thompson for a two-point conversion to push the Crusaders in front 10-7.
3. Alex Raimondi, Iona Prep: The senior linebacker was active all game. He had an interception deep in Iona territory and also combined with Eric DeSalvo on a fourth down stop of Malcolm Major at the 1 that capped a third quarter goal line stand.
Honorable mention: Michael Sullivan had another dominant game on Iona’s defensive line. He had a sack, batted down a pass and was a menace all over the field, while also starting on offensive line.