With Week 2 upon, it’s time for a very brief return from hiatus for yours truly. Mike has done a fine job manning the blog in my absence. It sounds like Week 1 offered a fair amount of action and drama. Let’s get going on Week 2.
I’ll be back on Saturday for a doubleheader that consists of Rye-Harrison and Stepinac-Monroe. In case you missed why I was out, it’s because of this little bundle right here. Both Hailey and her mama are doing great. Thanks to everyone for their well-wishes.
I posted my picks a few hours before the birth and just had a chance to review them now. They included three MAJOR misses in my Top 10, as Panas, Clarkstown South and Iona Prep (with its backup QB) all earned terrific season-opening wins.
One programming note: I won’t have results for everyone involved in the contest until next week. In fact, all regular features (game balls, power rankings, etc.) will return beginning Monday.
Josh’s picks —
Top 10: 7-3
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Somers at Yorktown, 7 p.m.: From talking to Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno a week before the season, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the ‘Huskers. They came out strong in the opener against a young, banged-up Eastchester team, but this is a step up in competition. I don’t know that Yorktown is ready to beat Somers, but a competitive game would open my eyes. And if Yorktown wins? Well, crumple up my preseason predictions. PREDICTION: Somers 35, Yorktown 20.
Harrison at Rye, 11 a.m.: I can’t remember any edition of this rivalry having so much going against it since I started working here in 2003. Week 2. 11 a.m. An early Harrison loss. No Troilo, who, no matter what anyone says, was the central figure of this rivalry. Here’s why I don’t think it will matter much: For Harrison, this is an instant chance to turn the season around. If the Huskies win, last week’s loss to Panas is forgotten. In fact, I’d be more worried about Harrison getting up for Somers if it loses this week. That’s an unenviable task. This might be just what the Huskies need to galvanize themselves. Trust me, I still like Rye (I think everyone does), but Harrison’s pride will make it dangerous – and closer than many think. PREDICTION: Rye 21, Harrison 13.
Nyack at Sleepy Hollow, 2:30 p.m.: In terms of playoff jockeying, this is one of the best games of the early season. It will be a strong indicator, I think, of one team we can start including on the list of Class A contenders. Right now, Sleepy looks more ready for the early-season challenge. PREDICTION: Sleepy 27, Nyack 19.
Monroe-Woodbury at Stepinac, 3 p.m.: If Stepinac wants to take the next step and prove it is among the region’s elite programs, these are exactly the games it needs to win. Monroe came to Stepinac two years ago and dominated, pulling its starters long before it was over. That won’t happen again, not with Stepinac loaded with returning talent and seemingly poised for a strong season. The key for the Crusaders will be stopping RB Cole Gennett and WR Jesse Kaffenberger. Both will be rested after last week’s 35-0 thrashing of Holy Cross, but Stepinac is one of the CHSAA’s best. What a time to show it against last year’s state runner-up. PREDICTION: Stepinac 28, Monroe-Woodbury 21.
THE SUPER SIX
John Jay-East Fishkill 21, Mahopac 7. I don’t think the Indians will be able to move the ball consistently against the John Jay D.
Clarkstown South 27, Fox Lane 13. Not a lot of preseason buzz about South, but what an opener for the Vikings against last year’s Class AA champ.
John Jay 35, Brewster 21. John Jay’s offense started strong last week against Spring Valley. Can Brewster keep pace in what’s likely to be a shootout?
Rye Neck 28, Woodlands 21. Very interesting game, especially because it’s Woodlands’ opener. Not sure what to expect here.
North Rockland 14, Scarsdale 7. It will be a feast-or-famine game for Scarsdale. The Raiders probably won’t move the ball consistently, but they’ll need a few big plays to compete with – or maybe beat – North Rockland.
Bronxville 21, Dobbs Ferry 13. Season-opening wins over Blind Brook and Dobbs would give the Broncos plenty of confidence going forward.
Mamaroneck 28, Eastchester 13
Arlington 21, Suffern 6
Ossining 34, Carmel 28
Tappan Zee 20, Spring Valley 13
Lakeland 28, Hen Hud 9
Nanuet 19, Putnam Valley 7
Pawling 13, Valhalla 6
Edgemont 28, Pelham 12
New Rochelle 33, Ramapo 7
Beacon 26, Pearl River 14
Pleasantville 28, Albertus Magnus 6
Ardsley 34, Briarcliff/Hamilton 14
Irvington 33, Hastings 6
Westlake 22, Croton-Harmon 13
Yonkers Montessori 20, Haldane 13
Palisade Prep 19, Yonkers 7
Early College 26, Lincoln 8
Gorton 27, Saunders 18
Clarkstown North 34, Port Chester 12
Tuckahoe 24, Blind Brook 14
Horace Greeley 27, Mount Vernon 12
Panas 26, Byram Hills 20
Our Lady of Lourdes 26, Rye Country Day 19
White Plains 21, Ketcham 13
Hackley 28, Cardinal Spellman 19
Iona Prep 28, St. Frances 20
Horace Mann 28, Harvey 14