I’ll have all the usual goodies today and tomorrow, plus we’ll start to take a look ahead at the playoffs.
First, let’s take a peek back at the week that was with a look at our coverage from Week 7:
YORKTOWN 27, JOHN JAY 14
Yorktown seemed in control throughout its 27-14 win at John Jay Friday night, but credit its QB Ryan Baker. The senior made that the case by converting three fourth downs in the first half that all led to touchdowns. Baker finished 11 for 13 for 143 yards as the Huskers improved to 7-0.
NYACK 34, HARRISON 3
L.J. Norfleet is known for his fleet feet, but the junior QB took to the air in a must-win game on Friday night. He threw for 327 yards and three TDs on just 6-for-8 passing as Nyack earned a playoff berth by virtue of its 34-3 defeat of Harrison.
STEPINAC 38, ST. ANTHONY’S 21
There was all sorts of history, both past and recent, established on Friday night in Stepinac’s decisive 38-21 win at St. Anthony’s. The Crusaders beat St. Anthony’s for the first time in 31 years. They also ended the Friars’ 28-game CHSFL home winning streak.
Stepinac is now 7-0 and in position to claim the No. 1 seed in the CHSFL AAA playoffs.
GREELEY 40, CLARKSTOWN NORTH 27
It was another terrific day for Greeley senior Cameron Ciero, who threw for 174 yards, rushed for 169 yards and had a hand in five of his team’s six touchdowns. The Quakers beat Clarkstown North 40-27 in a must-win game to claim the final Class AA playoff berth.
Coach Tim Sullivan was emotional after his team qualified for the playoffs in his third season as the head coach.
NANUET 28, PEARL RIVER 0
Nanuet retained the Little Brown Jug on Saturday as it shut out rival Pearl River, 28-0. Sophomore Connor Breit rushed for 78 yards and all four touchdowns. He even had a two-point conversion run en route to the victory.
PLEASANTVILLE 27, BRIARCLIFF/HAMILTON 13
Brandon Castro rumbled for 183 yards as Pleasantville beat rival Briarcliff/Hamilton 27-13 on Saturday. It was a key win for the Panthers, who had been on a skid, losing to the top three seeds in Class B, Lourdes, Ardsley and Nanuet.
SECTION 1 FACING OFFICIALS’ SHORTAGE
I also don’t want you to miss Vince Mercogliano’s story from today about the officials’ shortage faced by various sports in Section 1, including football. You can read Vince’s very important story here.
Officials are often criticized, but they have a tough job. That’s especially true if there aren’t enough of them.
If anyone is interested in officiating, let me know. I will get you in touch with those in charge.