If you’ve been around prior to this year, you know these will be the next-to-last power rankings of the season. You won’t see a list from me again until the season is completely over and all the results are in. I don’t think rankings are particularly valuable during the postseason. The best teams earn the honor through their play on the field, so I’ll let them do just that.
You can check out these next-to-last rankings below. And, as always, don’t be shy to let me know what you think…
1. Stepinac (7-0). Frankly, after watching both teams play, I wasn’t surprised Stepinac won, nor was I surprised it won the way it did at St. Anthony’s. The Crusaders have the superior team and they are now undoubtedly the CHSFL favorites.
2. New Rochelle (7-0). If you expected an adjustment period without Jonathan Forrest, you were wrong. Count me on that list. Instead, the Huguenots rolled to four quick touchdowns and put Carmel away early. Can they do the same against Carmel’s neighbor, Mahopac, if Forrest isn’t 100 percent?
3. Iona Prep (5-2). The Gaels look like a team capable of moving the ball on anyone. Their defense and special teams will be what determines how far they advance in the playoffs.
4. John Jay-East Fishkill (6-1). The Patriots were in a fight until halftime, but they eventually pulled away from Clarkstown South. Now, their defense will face arguably its toughest challenge yet in Greeley QB Cameron Ciero.
5. Yorktown (7-0). Injuries have bit the Huskers a bit, the most recent being jack-of-all-trades Mike Dedvukaj. But what separates them from the pack is their depth. When someone goes out, Yorktown keeps on going.
6. Somers (6-1). If Rye and Somers both win in the quarterfinals, their rematch of last year’s championship game will be one to watch.
7. Arlington (6-1). Arlington doesn’t want to get dragged into a slugfest by North Rockland. The Admirals definitely have the more explosive team.
8. Mamaroneck (6-1). It’s not often players arrive as a senior with quite the oomph like Marquez Jackson-Allen has this year. Breaking the school rushing record twice in one year is no joke.
9. Scarsdale (6-1). I never thought Scarsdale would fall behind 24-0, but the reason I picked the Raiders was because they had superior depth to Rye. Sure, Rye rested its stars, but Scarsdale played the entire second half without its starting backfield (QB, RBs) and starting center. James Nicholas’ helmet was even on the bus.
10. Rye (6-1). Can’t remember doing this — moving a team into the Top 10 after a loss? But Rye earned it, outplaying a really good Class AA team when its starters were on the field. It’s an unpopular opinion, but I think the coaches made the correct decision to rest players in the second half. And if you think the decision went against the wishes of the head coach, well…
On the bubble: North Rockland (5-2), Mahopac (5-2).
SMALL SCHOOL. I may have underestimated Nanuet, which has a big, tough team. Shutting out a Class A school 28-0 is impressive.
2. Our Lady of Lourdes
4. Rye Country Day
8. Rye Neck
CLASS AA. Every team that played a lower-ranked team won, so no movement.
1. New Rochelle
2. John Jay-East Fishkill
6. North Rockland
8. Horace Greeley
9. Clarkstown South
10. Clarkstown North
CLASS A. With stronger play of late, Nyack and Panas jump ahead of Sleepy.
4. John Jay
7. Sleepy Hollow
8. Byram Hills
CLASS B. By virtue of its strong effort against Lourdes, Westlake jumps up a spot.
2. Our Lady of Lourdes
7. Putnam Valley
8. Albertus Magnus
CLASS C/D. Tuckahoe, the Class D favorite, proved again that it can play with the best in Class C.
2. Rye Neck
3. Dobbs Ferry
7. Blind Brook
8. Yonkers Montessori
2. Iona Prep
3. Rye Country Day
Here are the CHSFL’s first set of power points, which are used to determine seeding in the playoffs:
CHSFL AAA Power Points, Oct. 20
1. Stepinac, 146.000
2. Iona Prep, 133.000
3. St. Anthony’s, 132.00
4. St. Peter’s, 131.000
5. Monsignor Farrell, 123.000
6. Holy Trinity, 119.000
7. Holy Cross, 112.000
8. Cardinal Hayes, 110.000
9. St. John the Baptist, 103.000
10. Chaminade, 99.000
11. Mount St. Michael, 96.000
12. Xavier, 96.000
13. St. Joseph by-the-Sea, 90.000
14. St. Francis Prep, 85.000