When I sat down to compile the list of this week’s top performances, gaudy rushing stats seemed to dominate. It is fitting that the week’s top rusher would earn the week’s top Game Ball.
And remember to check back later today for my Coach of the Week from Week 3.
WEEK 3 GAME BALLS
1. Marquez Jackson-Allen, Mamaroneck: It was a busy weekend of games, but this thing was pretty much over as soon as it started. The senior came rumbling out of the gate, running early and often Friday night in the Tigers’ 35-3 victory over 2-0 Clarkstown South. Jackson-Allen rushed for a school-record 299 yards on just 15 carries and found the end zone three times.
2. Matt Morgante, Somers: Touching the football seven times and scoring four TDs? That’s what Morgante accomplished in Somers’ 48-8 thrashing of Harrison. He rushed for 185 yards and three scores (all of over 50 yards) on just six carries. The senior also turned an interception into another touchdown to cap an eye-popping night.
3. Jonathan Forrest, New Rochelle: With the rest of the offense showing inconsistencies, the senior was a workhorse, running 29 times in New Rochelle’s 21-14 OT victory over John Jay-East Fishkill. He piled up 166 yards and three touchdowns, including the winning score from 2 yards out in overtime.
4. Anthony Capozzi, Lakeland: The senior carried the load again for Lakeland, this time in a key 21-9 victory at rival Panas. The converted QB threw for 90 yards and a touchdown and rushed 14 times for 122 yards and a score.
5. Tim DeGraw, Rye: After spending two-plus games as a decoy, DeGraw burst free from the bevy of double teams and delivered big in the second half of Rye’s 38-21 win at Sleepy Hollow. He caught five passes for 147 yards, including touchdowns of 72 and 54 yards.
6. Ryan Lee, John Jay: The dual threat was a perfect 9 for 9 for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the air, and totaled another 107 yards and two scores on just 10 rushes in a 46-7 defeat of Tappan Zee.
7. Wyatt Brooks, North Rockland: Brooks (pictured above) was all over the field, rushing for two scores, catching a 91-yard touchdown and snatching an interception in a 49-6 defeat of visiting Ossining.
8. Jabril Kapadia, Dobbs Ferry: The junior was the star of Dobbs’ 41-0 blanking of Valhalla, totaling 251 yards and four scores. He rushed for 184 yards on just 11 carries and chipped in 24 yards receiving and 43 in the return game.
9. Cameron Ciero, Horace Greeley: The senior went 7 for 12 for 155 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 79 yards and two scores in Greeley’s 42-7 defeat of Port Chester.
10. Laneek Alvarez, Lincoln: rushed 11 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns, caught two passes for 37 yards, and had a hand in 11 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery as Lincoln beat Saunders 48-24.
11. Jordan Artope, Hen Hud: The Sailors were dominant in a 28-7 victory in their annual rivalry game with Croton-Harmon and Artope was the main reason why. He was dominant on both sides of scrimmage, with 16 carries for 124 yards and three TDs, three receptions for 54 yards and 11 tackles from the linebacker position.
Honorable mention: Brandon Coleman finished a flawless 12 for 15 for 142 yards and two scores in Stepinac’s 49-7 win over Holy Cross. … Adonis Alcime had 16 carries for 178 yards and three touchdowns in Nyack’s 42-0 shutout of Pelham. One TD covered 80 yards. … Filling in for injured star James Nicholas, Scarsdale’s Tim Filos made a potentially game-saving play, batting away a pass in the end zone to preserve a 21-14 OT victory at Clarkstown North. … Two-way lineman Steven Ircha led a physical effort by Bronxville on both lines of scrimmage in a 23-0 win at rival Tuckahoe. Ircha had a sack and forced a fumble in the second half.