I’m not sure this has ever happened on a week where there were actual games. Nine of the Top 10 won last week. The only loser lost to a higher-ranked team on the road in OT.
Can you find a reason why someone, anyone deserved to be moved?
Also, check out my debut small-school poll below where I rank the 10-best teams, Class B or lower. Enjoy!
1. Stepinac (3-0). One more week of bliss for the Crusaders until the real challenges come. Iona Prep, St. Anthony’s and Chaminade, all on the road, in a four-week stretch.
2. New Rochelle (3-0). At a few different points in the game, I thought New Ro was going to pull away from John Jay. It never quite got the passing game going, putting a lot on the shoulders of Jonathan Forrest and the defense. That’s usually plenty against most teams, but the Huguenots still need to prove they can play an all-around game against a top opponent.
3. Iona Prep (2-1). Like Stepinac, Iona has another week to prepare for the big stretch in its schedule. The Gaels play a struggling Mount team on Saturday, but play arguably the league’s two best teams, Stepinac and St. Anthony’s, in consecutive weeks.
4. John Jay-East Fishkill (2-1). John Jay showed plenty of positives against New Ro, especially QB Ryan Schumacher, who took some shots, but persevered and was at his best in the fourth quarter. He showed a lot of poise when he needed it.
5. Scarsdale (3-0). Scarsdale is fortunate to hit this part of the schedule when it did. Senior James Nicholas suffered sprained ligaments in his ankle and missed most of the second half against Clarkstown North. He hopes to be back this week or next, but Scarsdale may not need him with dates against winless Ramapo and Port Chester.
6. North Rockland (2-1). Did North Rockland really show improvement last week or was it the opponent? Well, that question will be answered Saturday when the Red Raiders head to New Ro.
7. Yorktown (3-0). Not much to say about Yorktown, which took care of business last week early against Pearl River.
8. Somers (2-1). A week after a loss to Yorktown, Somers looked like the team we expected, running past Harrison with ease. This week will present a different challenge: Can its defense slow down John Jay?
9. Mahopac (2-1). The defense will be put to the test this week against Mamaroneck, which has some of the top skill players in the area. If Mahopac wants to make the playoffs, this may be a game it has to win.
10. Arlington (2-1). Boom. Arlington announced that it needed to be taken serious last week, dropping 48 points on White Plains.
On the bubble: Rye (3-0), John Jay (3-0), Horace Greeley (2-1), Mamaroneck (3-0).
SMALL SCHOOL. The debut of the small-school poll has an easy No. 1 in Lourdes, which has beat Nos. 2 and 3.
1. Our Lady of Lourdes
2. Rye Country Day
5. Rye Neck
CLASS AA. John Jay did nothing that would cause it to fall from the No. 2 spot. Scarsdale is fortunate to draw Ramapo and Port Chester the next two weeks as James Nicholas battles to come back from injury.
1. New Rochelle
2. John Jay-East Fishkill
4. North Rockland
7. Horace Greeley
9. Clarkstown North
CLASS A. I remain a little unsure of John Jay, but the Indians have a chance to vault to No. 2 (at least) with a win at Somers on Saturday.
4. John Jay
5. Sleepy Hollow
CLASS B. Ardsley scored late to beat Irvington, but Irvington is definitely a factor for a playoff berth. A key game could be Oct. 2 vs. Nanuet.
1. Our Lady of Lourdes
7. Putnam Valley
CLASS C/D. These rankings remain exactly the same, although Bronxville’s grip on No. 2 is much more firm.
1. Rye Neck
5. Dobbs Ferry
6. Blind Brook
8. Yonkers Montessori
CATHOLIC/PRIVATE. Hackley lost for the first time since 2012 and it’s schedule is not getting any easier.
2. Iona Prep
3. Rye Country Day