Today begins another week of looking back and looking forward, which we’ll begin to do right now.
First, here’s a schedule of what you can expect this week:
Week 4 schedule
Week 3 Game Balls
Week 3 Coach of the Week
Updated Top 10 and class rankings
A recent history of the New Rochelle-North Rockland rivalry
Updated state rankings
Now, here’s a look back at Week 3…
– In an early candidate for game of the year, New Rochelle and John Jay-East Fishkill, our Nos. 1 and 2 Class AA teams, played deep into the night at City Park. New Ro seemed to control the game — right up through an impressive fourth-quarter goal line stand where the defense kept John Jay out on three chances from the 1 — until the moment it didn’t. The Patriots drove down and scored on the final play and added a two-point try to sent it to OT.
Fittingly, it was New Rochelle’s brilliant back, Jonathan Forrest, who scored the winning touchdown, but not without an odd footnote. The Huguenots (and then John Jay) started their OT drive on the 10 rather than the 20. It was a clear mistake; the rulebook specifically states OT drives begin on the 20. See Page 13 for the rule, or check out this screen grab:
CLICK HERE to read my story. (For aspiring journalists, good or bad, that’s what a story looks like when it was written in eight minutes in a car.)
– Is Marquez Jackson-Allen healthy? Geez. I think he offered a pretty good response on Friday. The senior, who was hobbled last season, blew past Clarkstown South on a record-setting night at Mamaroneck. Jackson-Allen rolled up a school-record 299 yards on just 16 carries in the Tigers’ 35-3 victory.
– North Rockland honored former coach Joe Casarella on Saturday by naming the field at Cordisco Stadium in his honor. As Mike wrote, the Red Raiders paid him their fitting tribute, playing well throughout a 49-6 victory over Ossining.
– As expected, Rye started slow, fought off its Harrison hangover, and played a terrific second half to beat Sleepy Hollow on the road, 38-21. Andrew Livingston had a day again, but two strengths really emerged in the second half: Rye’s defense (three sacks, two interceptions) and Tim DeGraw, who caught TDs of 54 and 72 yards.
In my opinion, the second half was the first time all season Rye looked like a true Class A contender.
– At night, I caught Bronxville and Tuckahoe, perhaps the best of the small-school rivalries. The quaint neighborhood circling the Tuckahoe football field was jammed, and the stands were packed to capacity. The action was somewhat marred by penalties, but the result was unmistakable: Bronxville looked ready for next week’s test against Rye Neck.
The Broncos shutout Tuckahoe and were physically dominant in the second half of a 23-0 victory. CLICK HERE to read my story on the game.
A few people have asked today why the coaches didn’t shake hands afterward. Well, Tuckahoe coach John D’Arco was upset Bronxville threw a touchdown with less than two minutes left in a 16-0 game.