Since I was otherwise occupied last week, there were no weekly Game Balls. Well, they are back now for the duration of the season.
As always, please remember that stats matter, but so does when, where and how they were produced. A
Honorable mention: White Plains QB Tommy Avery went 6 for 9 for 206 yards and a TD in White Plains’ 14-13 defeat of Ketcham. … … Malek Jones had 16 carries for 187 yards and two TDs as Gorton beat Saunders 50-19. … Matt Balducci had 24 carries for 201 yards and three scores in Haldane’s 38-10 defeat of Yonkers Montessori. … Clarkstown North’s Michael Porco had 132 yards and two scores on just nine carries in a 24-0 shutout of Port Chester. … Senior Jong Mutala had 24 carries for 162 yards and two scores in Clarkstown South’s 16-0 win over visiting Fox Lane. … Senior QB Anthony Castracucco rushed 22 times for 166 yards and three TDs in Tuckahoe’s 29-6 win at Blind Brook. … Nick Santavicca, a junior, rushed 17 times for 167 yards and a touchdown in Yorktown’s 21-7 upset of two-time defending Class A champ Somers.
10. Anthony Capozzi, Lakeland: The senior rushed 20 times for 149 yards and a score and went 5 for 6 for 85 yards and two more scores through the air in a 34-18 defeat of Hen Hud.
9. Alec Albright, Tappan Zee: The junior gained 171 yards and scored three touchdowns. TZ needed every bit of it in a 28-27 nailbiter over Spring Valley.
8. Justin Lee, Panas: The new Panas QB had a terrific all-around game, completing 12 for 18 for 189 yards, but he was at his best late. He went 4 for 4 and scored the game-winning TD on a 1-yard plunge with eight seconds left in a 20-14 win over Byram Hills. Panas scored the final 20 points of the game.
7. Cameron Ciero, Horace Greeley: The senior QB accounted for every touchdown in a 35-16 win over Mount Vernon. He went 10 for 17 for 170 yards and a TD through the air and rushed 12 times for 134 yards and four TDs on the ground.
6. Adonis Carrasco, Ardsley: The electric senior averaged more than 20 yards per carry in Ardsley’s 47-8 victory over Briarcliff/Hamilton. He piled up 287 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries.
5. Andrew Sommer and Marquez Jackson-Allen, Mamaroneck: These two filled up the stat sheet Friday night. Sommer had a hand in 20 tackles (11 solo) and had two interceptions in a 34-18 non-league win over Eastchester. He also launched a 71-yard punt. Now healthy, Jackson-Allen is off to a strong start to his senior year. He was dominant in a 33-14 win over Eastchester, rushing for 217 yards and three TDs on 16 carries. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown, but the play was called back because of a penalty. On defense, the linebacker recorded eight tackles, one for a loss.
4. Stepinac defense: It didn’t take turnovers or any one standout effort. Instead, Stepinac’s D was solid throughout a 28-10 victory of Class AA state runner-up Monroe-Woodbury. With linebackers Daniel Negron, Brian Malone (pictured above) and Damarcus Miller leading the way, the Crusaders allowed just three yards rushing for the game and held Monroe to minus-five yards of offense in the first half.
3. Andrew Livingston, Rye: The senior QB looked like someone who had started four straight Rye-Harrison games, having a hand in just about the entire offense for the Garnets in their 24-13 win. He went 13 for 18 for 161 yards passing and rushed an uncharacteristic 23 times for 79 yards and a score. Livingston also kicked a field goal just before halftime.
2. Yorktown offense line: The quintet of Logan Peters, Joey Costella, Richie Campanaro, Steven Veteri and Joey Blume paved the way for Santavicca, QB Ryan Baker and the ‘Huskers’ surprising domination of Somers up front. The pushed around the two-time defending champ and allowed Yortkown to take control early and maintain it in a 21-7 victory.
1. James Nicholas, Scarsdale: The three-sport star did plenty of everything in one of the upsets of the weekend, Scarsdale’s 28-15 victory over North Rockland. He caught two TDs in the first quarter (10, 24 yards), then added a touchdown pass to make it 21-0. Nicholas topped it all with a 93-yard kickoff return for his team’s final score.