In case you missed it yesterday afternoon, you can find the results of our picks’ contest through Week 5 here.
For me and for most of you, here’s my advice: There’s still plenty of time to make up ground. So let’s get to it.
Josh’s picks —
Top 10: 7-3 (37-13 total)
Overall: 30-7 (144-40 total)
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Rye (5-0) vs. Nyack (4-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Rye High School
Key players: Rye — Andrew Livingston (6-2, 190), Sr., QB; Tim DeGraw (5-10, 150), Sr., WR/DB; Chase Pratt (6-0, 200), Jr., TE/FB/LB. Nyack — Adonis Alcime (6-0, 190), Sr., RB/LB; Jordan Correa (5-10, 180), Jr., TE/LB; L.J. Norfleet (5-6, 155), Jr., QB/DB.
Outlook: The Nyack defense is one of the section’s best when it comes to pursuit and tackling, but it will face a different task against Livingston, who has already thrown for 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns. The Indians have the athleticism to defend the pass, but they might not have the bulk up front to generate a pass rush. Rye, however, must prove it can account for Nyack’s speed on offense. Norfleet, Alcime and Ralph Cruz are probably the fastest group of skill players the Garnets will have faced all year.
Prediction: Rye 31, Nyack 20. This is a different challenge for Nyack, and I’m just not sure the Indians matchup well with Rye in particular.
Carmel (3-2) vs. Mahopac (3-2)
When: Saturday, 3 p.m.
Where: Carmel High School
Key players: Carmel — Joey Rodriguez (5-10, 205), Jr., QB; Colton Anderson (6-1, 200), Sr., RB/WR/LB; Isiah Santana (5-10, 154), Sr., WR/CB. Mahopac — Dan Foley (6-1, 175), Jr., QB; Max Littleton (6-0, 210), Sr., FB/LB; Matt Quigley (6-1, 215), Sr., TE/DE.
Outlook: Mahopac has won four of the last five meetings in Putnam County’s best rivalry after Carmel had held the edge for more than a decade. In fact, the Rams are 13-7 since Todd Cayea took over the program in 1995. This year, the teams have identical records, but Mahopac has faced stiffer competition, including 4-1 John Jay-East Fishkill and 4-1 Mamaroneck. (Carmel’s toughest game is probably next week vs. New Rochelle.) The game is non-league, meaning it will have no bearing on playoff qualification. Still, with the tradition of these two rivals, the game means everything. That means just about anything can happen.
Prediction: Mahopac 21, Carmel 14. The Indians have held the edge in the series these last five years, winning three of the four by two touchdowns or more. I don’t think that will happen again, but I still like Mahopac, which has faced the tougher road to its three wins.
New Rochelle (5-0) vs. Scarsdale (5-0)
When: Saturday, 7 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., OT/DL; Demetrius Rodriguez (5-11, 190), Sr., TE/LB. Scarsdale — James Nicholas (6-1, 180), Sr., RB/WR/DB; Michael Rolfe (6-3, 190), Jr., QB/WR/DB; William Eisler (6-2, 210), Sr., OL/DL.
Outlook: Scarsdale beat New Rochelle last year 14-7, beating the Huguenots for the first time in 24 years. The Raiders have several of their best players back and it has resulted in a perfect start. Nicholas, their star, is among a group of key players who are injured and whose status for the game is a mystery. Whether Scarsdale is healthy or not, New Rochelle will be out for revenge. These are the two most athletic teams in Class AA, so expect some fireworks.
Prediction: New Rochelle 27, Scarsdale 7. At full strength, I think Scarsdale would keep this game closer. I just don’t expect the Raiders to play at full strength with their playoff fate decided. I have a feeling they have their eye on the playoffs and a possible rematch then.
THE SUPER SEVEN
Lourdes 21, Ardsley 14. I picked Ardsley before the season began. But, judging by the common opponents, I have to give Lourdes the edge.
Ramapo 26, Spring Valley 21. Ramapo has had a tough season, but throw the records out here. I expect a hard-hitting game that is decided in the fourth quarter. This will be one of those afternoons that make one team’s season.
Clarkstown South 20, Suffern 17. Suffern has played well of late, winning three straight, the last of them against White Plains. But South senses it is still alive for the playoffs and should be fired up after last week’s win over North.
North Rockland 21, Horace Greeley 14. I think North Rockland will play well on its homefield, possibly with a playoff berth on the line.
Rye Neck 27, Dobbs Ferry 20. We’ll find out just how close the teams are behind Bronxville here. Remember this, though: Dobbs just played a nailbiter with Woodlands. Rye Neck beat the Falcons by five TDs Week 1.
Pleasantville 14, Nanuet 13 (OT). Expect another low-scoring battle between these teams, which always seem to find their way into a slugfest with one another. This is really a coin flip.
St. Anthony’s 35, Iona Prep 21. I thought Iona wore down a bit last week against Stepinac. That can’t happen again against a team with more size and depth than anyone.
Arlington 41, Ketcham 0
John Jay-East Fishkill 38, White Plains 14
Somers 40, Beacon 13
John Jay 34, Fordham Prep 21
Yorktown 35, Tappan Zee 7
Harrison 27, Hen Hud 10
Irvington 34, Edgemont 6
Haldane 28, Valhalla 7
Riverside 26, Yonkers 8
Saunders 36, Roosevelt 12
Clarkstown North 28, Mount Vernon 6
Eastchester 22, Pearl River 21
Sleepy Hollow 34, Lakeland 20
Byram Hills 34, Pelham 6
Putnam Valley 44, Hastings 6
Albertus Magnus 22, Croton-Harmon 12
Tuckahoe 33, Liberty 13
Lincoln 36, Peekskill 18
Ossining 34, Port Chester 19
Rye Country Day 28, Long Island Lutheran 14
Hackley 35, Riverdale 14
Xaverian 27, Kennedy 12
Mamaroneck 38, Fox Lane 13
Panas 37, Brewster 26
Bronxville 35, Woodlands 8
Stepinac 42, Holy Trinity 7
Westlake 34, Briarcliff/Hamilton 14