From here on out, I will hand out 10 Game Balls each week to the top playoff performers. Here are this week’s recipients, including a repeat at No. 1:
1. Marquez Jackson-Allen, Mamaroneck: A week after breaking his own single-game school rushing record, the senior was at it again. He rushed a season-high 29 times for 240 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-20 victory over Scarsdale in the Class AA quarterfinals. He also had a 43-yard touchdown called back, but scored from 48 yards out on the very next play. It’s been a terrific season for Jackson-Allen, who has rushed for 1,569 yards and 17 touchdowns, and, as an inside linebacker, is a major key to Mamaroneck’s defense.
2. Jonathan Stewart, Woodlands: The senior was everywhere in the Falcons’ 25-22 upset of Class C favorite Bronxville. He threw a touchdown, rushed for a touchdown, had an interception and forced and recovered a fumble while leading the Falcons in tackles.
3. Daniel Del Bene and James Fennessy, Yorktown: Ryan Baker’s two big targets were terrific in last Friday’s 28-21, last-second victory over Nyack in the Class A quarterfinals. Del Bene had six catches for 76 yards, including a 15-yard grad on fourth-and-9 on Yorktown’s game-winning drive. Fennessy caught five balls for 71 yards, including a touchdown.
4. Somers defense: There was no one standout in Somers’ 45-0 defeat of Panas in the Class A quarterfinals. In fact, true to form, it was a complete and devastating team effort that allowed the Tuskers to throttle the Panthers. The defense pitched a shutout and surrendered just 167 yards of offense, including chunks of it late in the game. Somers recorded three sacks and Joe Spor returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown.
5. Nanuet defense: Again, it was a big effort across the board for the Golden Knights, who held Pleasantville to just 102 total yards of offense. Nanuet produced the negative plays a defense needs for a shutout throughout the 10-0 win in the Class B semifinals. The Golden Knights totaled seven tackles for loss and Matt Carney, Aaron Morales, Chris Lowry and Greg Tavani each had an interception.
6. Corey Holder, New Rochelle: The senior had Mahopac QB Dan Foley on the run all game. Holder’s three sacks were at the heart of another big defensive effort in Saturday’s 21-7 victory in the Class AA quarterfinals.
7. Cameron Ciero, Horace Greeley: The senior threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 106 yards and a score on 20 carries, but the Quakers fell to John Jay, 48-28, in the Class AA quarterfinals. Ciero even caught a 30-yard pass from Jake Cohen to help set up one of his touchdown passes. Ciero now has 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns passing and 934 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing on the season.
8. Eric Favors, North Rockland: The decorated senior lost in his final playoff game, 34-14 to Arlington, but he had a major impact, returning an interception 76 yards for a touchdown and recording a pair of sacks.
9. Joey Good, Sleepy Hollow: The senior QB had a big day with both his arms and feet in Sleepy’s 27-14 Class A quarterfinal win. He went 8 for 12 for 118 yards, a TD and no INTs in the air, and rushed for 74 yards on just six carries, including a season-high 37-yard scamper for a touchdown.
10. Dom Brescia, Rye Neck: The senior had to grind out his 34-carry, 129-yard, one-TD game as defending champ Rye Neck edged Dobbs Ferry, 15-7. Brescia also had seven tackles on defense.