Eight of the Top 10 teams won last week. The two losers actually lost to teams ranked ahead of them in the poll.
Moral of the story: Don’t expect much movement in the main poll. There’s a little more jostling in the individual class rankings.
1. Stepinac (5-0). Stepinac has a bit of a reprieve with this week’s Riverso Game, which will pit the Crusaders against Holy Trinity. After that, they go on the road to play St. Anthony’s, seeking not just the upset, but the chance to establish themselves as the league favorite.
2. New Rochelle (5-0). I would imagine the Huguenots will be all sorts of fired up to play Scarsdale, which won last year’s matchup between the teams.
3. Iona Prep (3-2). Iona Prep did enough to prove it belonged in the Top 3, but not quite any higher than this. The Gaels won’t have long to rebound with St. Anthony’s coming to New Rochelle this week.
4. John Jay-East Fishkill (4-1). With White Plains and Clarkstown South left on the schedule, the Patriots look like a team headed for a 6-0 finish in the league and, most likely, a top playoff seed.
5. Scarsdale (5-0). I’m not sure if Scarsdale will bring back all of its injured players for this week’s game. The Raiders are comfortably in the playoffs. Is it worth the risk? The games they really want won’t be played for another couple weeks.
6. Yorktown (5-0). To me, Yorktown had proved it was the Class A favorite. Now, it proved it can play with a very good Class AA opponent after last week’s win over Greeley. The ‘Huskers should improve to 6-0 in advance of their regular season finale at John Jay.
7. Somers (4-1). Somers did not move the ball with much success against Eastchester, but Tony DeMatteo didn’t exactly drive his changes into the ground either. The Tuskers spread the ball around liberally, using nine different ball carriers in the three-TD win.
8. Arlington (4-1). Arlington did what it needed to and right now is poised to be the dark horse in Class AA. Sure, the Admirals already lost to a top contender, but a lot can change after Week 1 and they have played great football since.
9. Mamaroneck (4-1). I’m not going to drop the Tigers, who played without one of their best players (Alex Parkinson). He will return this week, and I’d expect them to continue winning.
10. North Rockland (3-2). If North Rockland has any designs on making a run, it must start this week against Greeley. If not, it could be spending the postseason at home.
On the bubble: Rye (5-0), John Jay (4-1), Horace Greeley (3-2), Mahopac (3-2).
SMALL SCHOOL. Both the small school and Class B rankings will get a lot clearer this week. Ardsley vs. Lourdes, Pleasantville vs. Nanuet are both on the schedule.
1. Our Lady of Lourdes
2. Rye Country Day
8. Rye Neck
CLASS AA. No movement other than flipping the Clarkstowns, based on the head-to-head result. Greeley has a chance to move up as it closes with North Rockland and Clarkstown North.
1. New Rochelle
2. John Jay-East Fishkill
6. North Rockland
8. Horace Greeley
9. Clarkstown South
10. Clarkstown North
CLASS A. The final weeks are going to be very good in Class A. Rye-Nyack, Sleepy-Lakeland this week, Yorktown-John Jay, Sleepy-Panas next week.
4. John Jay
5. Sleepy Hollow
9. Byram Hills
CLASS B. Can Nanuet make a move this week? A win vs. Pleasantville coupled with an Ardsley loss and you could say the Golden Knights are worthy of the No. 2 spot.
1. Our Lady of Lourdes
7. Putnam Valley
8. Albertus Magnus
CLASS C/D. Haldane is having a quietly good season. Very nice win last week over Blind Brook, one that pretty much dashed the Trojans’ playoff hopes.
2. Rye Neck
4. Dobbs Ferry
7. Blind Brook
8. Yonkers Montessori
CATHOLIC/PRIVATE. The teams all hold steady, although Stepinac grasps No. 1 a lot more firmly after Saturday.
2. Iona Prep
3. Rye Country Day