Well, I thought I had a rough week last week…until I looked at some of your picks. Sheesh.
In a sea of mediocrity, “lg6493” emerged as the clear winner, nailing 9 of 10 games in a week where four people had seven right and none had eight. The strong week moved “lg6493” into third behind co-leaders “Jim” and “IonaPower.”
If you’d like to peruse last week’s results and the up-to-date totals for the season, click here to view my spreadsheet.
Now, let’s get on to this week’s picks.
Josh’s picks —
Top 10: 6-4 (43-17 total)
Overall: 29-8 (173-48 total)
GAMES OF THE WEEK
John Jay (4-2) vs. Yorktown (6-0)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: John Jay High School, Cross River
Key players: John Jay — Ryan Lee (6-2, 180), Sr., QB/WR/CB; Hunter Keech (6-1, 175), Jr., WR/QB/DB; Danny Skluth (5-11, 180), Sr., RB/LB. Yorktown — Nick Santavicca (5-7, 165), Jr., RB/DB; Ryan Baker (5-8, 155), Sr., QB; Logan Peters (6-2, 235), Sr., OL/DL.
Outlook: These two have already qualified for the Class A playoffs, but a win here could go a long way toward both playoff seeding and momentum heading into next week’s quarterfinals. Yorktown is assured of the top seed with a win while John Jay would likely slide in at No. 2 behind Somers if it wins. The outcome might be determined by which defense can slow down the opposition’s offense — even a little. They have combined to score 146 points in their last two meetings. Expect more of the same.
Prediction: Yorktown 35, John Jay 20. I don’t think John Jay will be able to get enough stops to win. The Indians will be hard-pressed to stop the Yorktown running game.
St. Anthony’s (4-2) vs. Stepinac (6-0)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Anthony’s, Melville
Key players: St. Anthony’s — Jordan Gowins (6-0, 210), Sr., RB; Evan Killen (5-10, 175), Sr., RB; Steven Genova (5-11, 175), Sr., QB. Stepinac — Gavin Heslop (6-1, 190), Sr., HB/CB; Damarcus Miller (6-1, 180), Sr., WR/LB; Dwayne Scott (6-2, 300), Sr., G.
Outlook: St. Anthony’s has not lost at home since New Jersey power Bergen Catholic won there 59-21 on Sept. 7, 2012. The last CHSFL team to win in Melville was St. Joseph by-the-Sea, 28-24, on Sept. 25, 2009. But the Friars have shown some vulnerability this season, never more so than in last week’s 40-30 loss at Iona Prep, a team Stepinac has already beat. The Boston College-bound Gowins, the state’s top senior recruit, did not play because of a hamstring injury. He is a game-changer. He rushed 36 times for 391 yards and four touchdowns in a pair of double-digit victories over Stepinac last season. With or without Gowins, the Crusaders, who haven’t beaten St. Anthony’s since 1983, might be primed to take down the defending CHSFL champ. The Friars are not at their customary level on defense, a weakness could be exploited by Stepinac’s superior speed.
Prediction: Stepinac 38, St. Anthony’s 31. With or without Gowins, I think Stepinac has the better team, although playing on Long Island will be a challenge in itself.
Nyack (4-2) vs. Harrison (2-4)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: MacCalman Field, Nyack
Key players: 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. Harrison — Mike Salvatori (5-10, 170), Sr., RB/DB; Drew Estes (6-2, 215), Sr., FB/LB; Christian LoDolce (6-3, 250), Sr., OL/DL.
Outlook: This is one of two must-win games this week. The winner is expected to qualify for the playoffs, the loser to miss them. Nyack has not qualified for the postseason since 2010. Harrison is a perennial playoff contender, but the Huskies started the season 0-3 in coach Dom Zanot’s first season. A win would give them a .500 record in the league and a tiebreaker edge over Nyack, which would also be .500. The Indians will likely finish as the No. 3 seed in the league with a victory.
Prediction: Nyack 26, Harrison 14. Nyack has had the stronger year for a reason. I think the Indians are simply the better team, and will overcome Harrison’s significant size advantage by producing big plays.
Clarkstown North (3-3) vs. Horace Greeley (3-3)
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where: Clarkstown North High School
Key players: Clarkstown North – Steven Haber (5-10, 180), Sr., RB/S; James Valle (5-10, 200), Sr., OL/LB; Michael Porco (5-9, 165), Jr., RB. Horace Greeley – Cameron Ciero (6-1, 185), Sr., QB/DB; Connor Schinderman (6-4, 235), Sr., TE/DE; Bo Phillips (5-11, 175), Sr., DB.
Outlook: This is another must-win game. Clarkstown North will finish as the No. 3 seed in its league with a win. Greeley can only finish No. 4 if it wins, but the Quakers won’t complain. Both will miss the postseason with a loss. Ciero is the headliner for Greeley, but he will face a solid, sound defense that will be prepared. The Rams rely almost exclusively on the run, so they’ll need to move the ball on the ground to win.
Prediction: Greeley 20, Clarkstown North 14. It’s going to be a grind, but I think Greeley’s superior offense gives it that one extra scoring drive that makes a difference.
THE SUPER SIX
Sleepy Hollow 33, Panas 27. The Panthers probably won’t need to win to make the postseason, but they will be tough for Sleepy to beat. Expect a nail-biter late in the fourth quarter.
Scarsdale 27, Rye 21. This is a very tough game to read because I don’t expect either team to play it all-out. For that very reason, I favor Scarsdale, which has the deeper team.
John Jay 35, Clarkstown South 10. South will be fighting for its playoff life, but John Jay is a top-level opponent — the best South has faced all season.
New Rochelle 20, Carmel 0. I think New Ro will play well defensively and grind out a couple touchdowns in an otherwise quiet night. Star running back Jonathan Forrest will miss the game with a Grade 1 MCL sprain, but hopes to return for the Class AA quarterfinals next week.
Pearl River 20, Nanuet 13. Nanuet has a lot to play for in the postseason, but Pearl River will put everything into this game. I think the Pirates hoist the Little Brown Jug for that very reason.
Lourdes 29, Westlake 12. Westlake is excited about the possibility of going to the playoffs, but the Wildcats have not beaten an opponent of Lourdes’ caliber this season.
Mahopac 34, White Plains 7
Edgemont 27, Hastings 6
Arlington 34, Fox Lane 8
Mamaroneck 27, Suffern 14
Ramapo 14, Port Chester 13
Eastchester 22, Tappan Zee 13
Somers 41, Brewster 12
Iona Prep 37, St. Joe’s by-the-Sea 13
Ossining 22, Mount Vernon 15
Beacon 27, Spring Valley 19
Ardsley 22, Fieldston 7
Woodlands 34, Tuckahoe 26
Bronxville 21, Red Hook 6
Dobbs Ferry 33, Haldane 20
Lincoln 36, Palisade Prep 8
Gorton 22, Peekskill 19
Roosevelt 20, Riverside 14
Saunders 38, Yonkers 6
Harvey 14, Forman 6
Pleasantville 27, Briarcliff/Hamilton 7
North Rockland 27, Ketcham 7
Rye Country Day 35, St. Luke’s 14
Rye Neck 34, Blind Brook 6
Montclair Kimberley Academy 27, Hackley 21
Byram Hills 36, Hen Hud 13
Yonkers Montessori 12, Valhalla 6 (OT)
Putnam Valley 26, Croton-Harmon 14
Irvington 26, Albertus Magnus 22