ARLINGTON 23, NEW ROCHELLE 20
It wasn’t that New Rochelle’s win probability was so astounding, but the likelihood the Class AA favorite would either win or go to OT was probably 98 percent or better. The ball was in Arlington territory and only 28 seconds were left in regulation. What happened in those ensuing seconds Saturday afternoon was truly stunning. The Huguenots went from playing the aggressor to surrendering a game-winning field goal.
Here’s my story on the shocking turn of events that left the New Rochelle sideline in shambles and set up the first-ever all-Dutchess Section 1 football final.
JOHN JAY 34, MAMARONECK 33 (2 OT)
In a week where saying this truly means something, this was the best game of the weekend. Mamaroneck did just about everything in its power to beat John Jay, including outplaying the Patriots for 46 1/2 minutes on Friday night despite being on the road and having no experience in these situations. Yet all that came unraveled in the final 1:22 of regulation, as the Tigers missed a short field goal and watched John Jay drive 80 yards for the tying touchdown. Mamaroneck then went for 2 in the second overtime, but Marquez Jackson-Allen was stopped short of the goal line.
It was a tremendous effort for QB Bill Flatow, who threw for 304 yards and three scores and formed a great connection with Emerson Genovese. Mamaroneck also played without Alex Parkinson on offense because of an early injury — that is until Parkinson caught a 35-yard pass for a touchdown in the second OT.
And a nod to Robbie Schumacher (pictured above), who might’ve played better than anyone this weekend. The big senior was a menace on defense, recording 3 1/2 sacks. He seemed to be in on every play, and, on offense, made the Tigers pay for covering him with smaller defenders. Just a great effort from Schumacher.
Here’s my story on the game, a heartwrenching loss for Mamaroneck.
YORKTOWN 47, SLEEPY HOLLOW 12
This was the only playoff game this weekend decided by more than a touchdown. And instead of one, it was a five-score game, as Nick Santavicca ran for 214 yards and four TDs to give the Huskers a shot at their first Section 1 title since 1998.
And, although it didn’t have the intended result, Frank Becerra’s has footage of Steve Borys’ latest performance as the Headless Horseman.
RYE 21, SOMERS 19
Rye earned a win it most desperately wanted on Saturday night, beating two-time defending Class A champ Somers in the wind and rain in a rematch of last year’s Class A final. Andrew Livingston threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for a TD, but he had plenty of help from the Rye defense, which slowed down a dynamic running game.
Check out my story on the game. And click the video above for Livingston’s thoughts on a win he and his teammates waited a year for.
CLASS B CHAMPIONSHIP: LOURDES 18, NANUET 14
Nanuet’s valiant comeback fell a bit short on Saturday as Lourdes won its second Class B crown in three years. The Warriors led 18-0 before Nanuet roared back with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Brian McGreevy scored both touchdowns, then recovered an onside kick, but the Golden Knights drew no closer than the Lourdes 37 before turning the ball over on downs.
CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP: WOODLANDS 28, RYE NECK 20
So what should we make of Woodlands? Well, the Falcons answered that question for good on Saturday, jumping ahead 21-0 and eventually beating defending champ Rye Neck to win a second Class C title in three seasons. It was a remarkable turnaround from Week 2 when the Panthers beat Woodlands 34-0.
“It’s not the same team. Absolutely not,” Rye Neck senior Dom Brescia told Mike Dougherty, who has the story on Woodlands continued turnaround.
HRFL CHAMPIONSHIP: GORTON 39, LINCOLN 22
And we end the recap with perhaps the most amazing — and chilling — story of all. Gorton took care of business in the first-ever Hudson River Football League championship game, mashing top-seeded Lincoln for 522 yards rushing. Ian Ricketts was terrific, running for 228 yards and a score.
But how about sophomore Patrick Thompson? As Adrian Szkolar wrote, Thompson learned after the game ended that his mother had passed away. His brother waited for him in coach Dan DeMatteo’s office to break the news. She had been sick and bed-ridden in a coma most of the season. The last game she attended was Gorton’s Week 1 loss to Lincoln.
“We told Patrick that we were there for him, that we’re a family,” DeMatteo said. “As excited as they were to win, we had to pick up a fallen teammate and help him through the next part of this horrible process.”