The Section 1 playoffs opened up last weekend and there was plenty of must-watch football, including some exciting finishes and a couple statement wins from would-be contenders.
Here’s a look back at our coverage of what transpired:
YORKTOWN 28, NYACK 21
It was closer than Yorktown had probably hoped, but the Huskers survived and remained undefeated. They had a one final drive to thank after a quiet second half offensively. Ryan Baker hit Daniel Del Bene on a big fourth-down completion and Tim Forbes ran in the winning score with just 29 seconds remaining.
(Apologies to Forbes; I originally credited the touchdown to Nick Santavicca.)
SOMERS 45, PANAS 0
Somers looked pretty anxious to begin its title defense, huh? As Mike Dougherty wrote, the Tuskers rolled early and late to dominante Panas.
MAMARONECK 45, SCARSDALE 20
It was a thoroughly dominant effort by Mamaroneck, which seemed to play better and better en route to the program’s first postseason win of the state-playoff era (1993-present). Senior Marquez Jackson-Allen (pictured at top) continued to author a memorable final chapter to his high school career. A week after breaking his own school single-game rushing record, he rushed for another 240 yards and three scores as the Tigers rolled up 482 yards of offense and, at one point, scored 39 straight points.
Click here to read my story on the game, which includes a terrific photo gallery by Carucha Meuse.
NEW ROCHELLE 21, MAHOPAC 7
Mike Dougherty wrote about how New Rochelle got defensive to beat Mahopac as it played again without senior star Jonathan Forrest. As they typically do, the Huguenots shut down the opposition’s running game, which was one of several keys to their victory.
SLEEPY HOLLOW 27, JOHN JAY 14
First Connor Breit, now Joey Good. Two weeks, two easy puns for Mike Zacchio, who wrote about the latest moment in a strong senior season for Good, the Sleepy QB.
The Headless Horsemen will now play at Yorktown on Halloween, so I’m expecting something special on Friday.
JOHN JAY 48, HORACE GREELEY 28
Cameron Ciero and Jonathan Kratz were terrific, and Greeley was certainly game. Yet, despite a big effort, John Jay was simply too much for the Quakers. The Patriots aired it out with QB Ryan Schumacher and received a big 90-yard kickoff return to paydirt from Joe Lisowski, who had nursed an ankle injury.
CLASS B AND C SEMIFINALS
Here’s Mike Dougherty on the rest of this weekend’s playoff action, including Woodlands’ shocking upset of Class C favorite Bronxville behind a do-everything day from Jonathan Stewart.