Good news: Over the course of the next few days, you will see all the features you have (hopefully) come to know and love back here on the blog.
Today, I will post this week’s schedule and standings, followed by our Week 2 Game Balls, the list of the top performers, followed by the Coach of the Week tomorrow morning. I will also post the weekly power rankings on Tuesday. The coverage will continue this week with Wednesday night’s LIVE chat and Thursday’s predictions. The predictions will also include the results from the Picks’ Contest for the first two weeks.
Before that, let’s recap a few things that happened over the weekend:
– Ray Rice made his first public appearance since he was cut by the Ravens. He and his wife, Janay, were on the sidelines at New Rochelle High School Saturday as New Ro beat Ramapo 34-6.
Rice did not speak to reporters (and there were many), but former coach Lou DiRienzo made a strong statement of support at halftime:
“The New Rochelle football program is a very strong program, and once you’re a member of that program, you’re a member of that program for life,” DiRienzo said. “Ray is a part of our family and a part of this program, and that’s why I’m very happy that he’s here today. He made a mistake — and he made a very terrible mistake — but I know the character of the man, and he will rise from this. The mistake that he made will be erased by the good deeds he will continue to do. And because of the good deeds that he has done, New Rochelle High School will always be Ray Rice’s home.”
– There was plenty of football, too. Rye beat Harrison for the 11th time in 12 tries, 24-13. You can find all of our coverage of the game HERE.
– Mike Dougherty was there as Sleepy Hollow slogged through the mud for an important Class A win against Nyack. CLICK HERE for Mike’s story and video and Peter Carr’s photos of the game. That’s Peter’s photo above of Sleepy QB Joey Good celebrating his TD.
– I also saw Stepinac make it look easy in a 28-10 victory over Monroe-Woodbury that was not even that close. The Crusaders were terrific on defense despite playing without defensive tackle Chris Jordan, their best defensive lineman. CLICK HERE to read my story and see Frank Becerra’s photos about the win, which was sweet revenge for Stepinac. Monroe dismantled the Crusaders on their home field in the 2012 opener.
Stepinac junior Tyquell Fields (pictured right) also showed flashes of why the coaching staff has decided to work him in at QB along with Brandon Coleman. Coach Mike O’Donnell said the staff plans to give snaps to both players, a system Stepinac relied on with Mark White and Dan Hoffer in 2011.
With their two strong wins to open the season, Stepinac debuted at No. 2 in MaxPreps’ state rankings. The NYSSWA will release its first batch of rankings this week.
– The only game we missed from the weekend was Nanuet-Putnam Valley. Nanuet went on the road and shut out Putnam Valley 14-0.