What a week ahead for the power rankings.
No. 1 meets No. 3 on Saturday. No. 8 meets No. 9 on Thursday. Nos. 2 and 3 in Class B and Class C/D polls meet this week, too.
There might be some movement next week. That’s for sure.
1. Stepinac (4-0). The Crusaders did what good teams do, ran away from St. Francis Prep early and never looked back. It was 35-0 after one quarter and yet no one went over 100 yards rushing or passing. This team just has so many weapons on both sides of the football.
2. New Rochelle (4-0). Even the best New Rochelle teams often start slow. But they also hit a launching point that lifts them to another level. Was last week that point for this year’s Huguenots?
3. Iona Prep (3-1). After so much hype, Robert Madison finally got to play his first full varsity football game and, boy, he did not disappoint. Now, the senior QB will take the ball for his team’s biggest game of the year. Should be fun to watch.
4. John Jay-East Fishkill (3-1). Last year, John Jay and Ketcham were very comparable. Some would argue Ketcham was even better. My, how that gap has widened.
5. Scarsdale (4-0). The Raiders not only won while their stars healed, they might have unveiled a new one in Michael Rolfe. What a day for the reserve QB, who showed the athleticism that makes him a threat no matter where he’s playing.
6. Yorktown (4-0). For my money, this is the best team in Class A. I have seen all of the top six now, including four (Nyack, John Jay, Somers and Yorktown) last weekend in a span of 24 hours. Yorktown features the best combination of size, speed, athleticism and scheme. Right now, the Huskers are my favorite.
7. Somers (3-1). What a gutsy win for Somers. John Jay seemingly had the game in hand, even after it trailed in the last few minutes. The offense had been so good, it seemed destined to score the winner in the final seconds, but Somers would not be denied. That speaks to how the Tuskers feel about winning. They expect it, and will do what it takes.
8. Arlington (3-1). It was a slow start for the Admirals, but they took care of business in the second half against South. For all intents and purposes, a win over 4-0 Mamaroneck would probably lock up a playoff berth.
9. Mamaroneck (4-0). I don’t know that the Tigers have been in the Top 10 in the last decade. Not that I can remember at least. They deserve it after these last two weeks, and will have a chance to move up even further this week against Arlington.
10. North Rockland (2-2). Offensively, the Red Raiders just have not been a threat. When a team struggles to move the ball, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense, no matter how good that defense is. Still, I can’t quite drop them from the Top 10.
On the bubble: Rye (4-0), John Jay (3-1), Horace Greeley (3-1), Mahopac (2-2).
SMALL SCHOOL. Should Bronxville be No. 2 or No. 5 or somewhere in between? That’s the one I most wrestled with.
1. Our Lady of Lourdes
2. Rye Country Day
7. Rye Neck
CLASS AA. New Rochelle solidified its position at No. 1 with a dominant showing against North Rockland, which has now fallen four spots since the beginning of the season. Arlington-Mamaroneck is an excellent game this week.
1. New Rochelle
2. John Jay-East Fishkill
6. North Rockland
8. Horace Greeley
9. Clarkstown North
10. Clarkstown South
CLASS A. It’s a three-way tie for eighth among 2-2 teams. Byram, Lakeland and Panas are now 1-1 against one another. As for the top, I have to say: I had it all the way.
4. John Jay
5. Sleepy Hollow
T8. Byram Hills
CLASS B. No movement at the top, but Ardsley has a chance to show its worth with Pleasantville this week and Lourdes next.
1. Our Lady of Lourdes
7. Putnam Valley
10. Albertus Magnus
CLASS C/D. Bronxville inherits the top spot in resounding fashion. Can Dobbs sneak up on No. 3? Nice win last week vs. Woodlands.
2. Rye Neck
4. Dobbs Ferry
6. Blind Brook
8. Yonkers Montessori
CATHOLIC/PRIVATE. Rye Country Day (Christ the King) and Hackley (Long Island Lutheran) both earned nice non-league wins in Week 4.
2. Iona Prep
3. Rye Country Day