Good, solid week of picks last week, although Mamaroneck made me look silly and Rye kept its focus and played well in the wake of the Harrison game.
There are a lot of really good games on Saturday. I also think we’re getting to the point where key games will decide who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t. I’m looking at games like Byram-Lakeland, Westlake-Nanuet, Pleasantville-Putnam Valley, Mamaroneck-Mahopac, etc.
I’m looking forward to this week. What are you looking forward to? I think every team, every class, has a lot riding on the weekend. It should be fun.
Josh’s picks —
Top 10: 8-2 (23-7 total)
Overall: 29-8 (84-25 total)
GAMES OF THE WEEK
New Rochelle (3-0) vs. North Rockland (2-1)
When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Where: New Rochelle High School
Key players: New Rochelle — Jonathan Forrest (5-11, 196), Sr., RB/LB; Corey Holder (6-3, 221), Sr., OL/DL; Demetrius Rodriguez (5-11, 190), Sr., TE/LB. North Rockland — Eric Favors (5-11, 243), Sr., G/NG; Stanley Johnson (6-1, 250), Sr., OL/DL; Danny Housman (5-9, 187), Jr., FB/LB.
Outlook: These two Section 1 superpowers will meet for the 32nd time since they first played as in-section opponents in 1984. North Rockland leads the series 17-14, but New Rochelle has gained ground since losing 11 of the first 12 meetings. The teams split last year under odd circumstances: They played at North Rockland the final week of the regular season and the first week of the playoffs. Until last year, one or the other had won the last 14 Class AA titles. As always, this should be a good barometer for where these teams sit heading into the postseason.
Prediction: New Rochelle 21, North Rockland 7. I think New Ro will get a key turnover, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Huguenot D gets in the end zone.
Somers (2-1) vs. John Jay (3-0)
When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Somers High School
Key players: Somers — Tim Fazzinga (5-11, 190), Sr., FB/LB; Tommy Castelluccio (6-1, 210), Jr., G/DT; Matt Morgante (5-10, 170), Sr., HB/DB. John Jay — Ryan Lee (6-2, 180), Sr., QB/WR/DB; Hunter Keech (6-1, 175), Jr., QB/WR/DB; Vincent Foti (5-7, 175), Sr., RB/LB.
Outlook: John Jay has averaged 43.0 points per game so far through its torrid start to the season. Somers, after a blip in Week 2 against Yorktown, put 48 points up against Harrison, so expect the ball to move freely in this meeting of Class A challengers. John Jay will use quarterbacks Lee and Keech at multiple positions on offense, and Somers will sprinkle in as many as six or seven ball carriers. You won’t know who is getting the ball or where they’ll get it. This should be fun.
Prediction: Somers 38, John Jay 30. John Jay might be better offensively, but I still think Somers has the better all-around team.
Bronxville (3-0) vs. Rye Neck (2-0)
When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Bronxville High School
Key players: Bronxville — Charlie Tarry (6-3, 175), Sr., WR/DB; Brendan Carty (6-0, 165), Sr., RB/LB; Steven Ircha (6-2, 220), Jr., T/DT. Rye Neck — Dom Brescia (5-11, 190), Sr., RB/LB; Jake Sevean (5-9, 175), Sr., HB/WR/DB; Pedro J. Cueto (6-1, 190), Sr., OL/DL.
Outlook: It’s early, but Bronxville and Rye Neck look every bit like the top two contenders in Class C. Rye Neck has still yet to allow a point through two games and is fresh off a bye week. Bronxville has defeated three good opponents so far, and the group up front, led by Ircha, is formidable. The Broncos must prove that size can be their advantage. Rye Neck has several weapons to turn to.
Prediction: Rye Neck 20, Bronxville 14. Very difficult choice here. I just think Rye Neck has more firepower.
THE SUPER SEVEN
Mahopac 27, Mamaroneck 20. This is a statement game for both teams. The winner must be taken very seriously in Class AA.
Clarkstown North 17, Carmel 7. Carmel finally gets to return home, but North is an underrated team that makes few mistakes.
Lakeland 27, Byram Hills 21. This should be a good game. Like Lakeland’s game last week against Panas, the winner will be in good position for a playoff berth. I expect a nail-biter.
Yorktown 35, Brewster 13. The season does not get any easier for Brewster after a tough OT loss. Yorktown is absolutely rolling. I don’t think Brewster can stop the ‘Huskers on the ground.
Rye 34, Panas 13. Panas is a comparable opponent to Lakeland, which gave Rye all sorts of trouble. Let’s see how much the Garnets have improved since Week 1. I think they’ll prove it.
Arlington 31, Clarkstown South 13. South struggled last week against Mamaroneck. Arlington might present even more problems with the way it has played to date.
Nanuet 14, Westlake 6. These are the type of games, between 2-1 teams, that you look back on when playoff berths are decided. This could be a pivotal game in Class B.
Pleasantville 14, Putnam Valley 13
Albertus Magnus 33, Hastings 12
Stepinac 42, St. Francis Prep 13
Haldane 30, Pawling 13
Nyack 40, Tappan Zee 13
John Jay-East Fishkill 35, Ketcham 6
Mount Vernon 18, Port Chester 6
Beacon 22, Eastchester 7
Spring Valley 23, Pearl River 14
Sleepy Hollow 38, Hen Hud 16
Ardsley 34, Croton-Harmon 13
Woodlands 34, Dobbs Ferry 27
Tuckahoe 32, Yonkers Montessori 13
Saunders 26, Palisade Prep 12
Peekskill 39, Riverside 6
Gorton 42, Yonkers 8
Lincoln 33, Roosevelt 20
Iona Prep 41, Mount St. Michael 12
Fox Lane 27, Suffern 20
Scarsdale 28, Ramapo 7
Blind Brook 20, Valhalla 6
Rye Country Day 21, Christ the King 20 (OT)
Horace Greeley 42, Ossining 20
Harrison 35, Pelham 6
Long Island Lutheran 27, Hackley 14
Kellenberg 38, Kennedy 6
Irvington 28, Briarcliff/Hamilton 13
Our Lady of Lourdes 40, Edgemont 7