I know you know, but in case you don’t, here’s what’s happening today…
Mahopac High School will host the last three Section 1 championship games beginning at noon. The Class AA final will start the festivities, followed by the Class D final and finally the Class A final. I will be there all afternoon and evening with details on the happenings, and you can find me @lohudinsider. Mike Dougherty will join me, and you can find his observations @hoopsmbd. Check back later for recaps of the games.
Nothing more to add this morning, other than that it should be fun. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m sure many of you are, too. Enjoy the football!
Saturday’s games —
Section 1 championship games
At Mahopac High School:
Class AA: John Jay-East Fishkill 13, Arlington 3
Class D: Tuckahoe 40, Haldane 0
Class A: Rye 35, Yorktown 14
Game recaps –
Class AA championship
John Jay-East Fishkill 13, Arlington 3: At Mahopac High School, John Jay won the first Section 1 championship in program history and became the first Dutchess County school to ever win a Class AA title.
Junior Ryan Schumacher threw first-half touchdowns to Josh Barr and Joe Lisowski and was named the game’s most outstanding back. He led the Patriots to a 13-0 halftime lead.
Arlington scored its only points on Chris O’Neil’s 25-yard field goal in the third quarter. It was set up by a 40-yard run by Austin Greene.
The Admirals were near midfield again with less than six minutes to play when Chris Cremin was intercepted by Dashawn Greene at the John Jay 35. The Patriots then burned the final 5:11 of the game.
Arlington lineman Jordan Valerius was named the most outstanding lineman.
John Jay advanced to play Section 2 champ Shenendehowa at 7 next Saturday at Dietz Stadium in the Class AA state quarterfinals.
Class D championship
Tuckahoe 40, Haldane 0: At Mahopac High School, Enoch Penney-Laryea rushed for 227 yards and four touchdowns, including a 99-yard touchdown run with just six seconds left in the first half to help the Tigers take a 27-0 lead into the locker room. Penney-Laryea also had four sacks and was named the game’s most outstanding lineman. Anthony Castracucco rushed for another 117 yards and two scores and was named the game’s most outstanding back.
Tuckahoe won its third straight Class D title and its sixth in the last seven years. The Tigers have now gone 8-2 in the last 10 finals, all of them against Haldane.
Tuckahoe will now play Section 9 champ Chester at 3 p.m. next Saturday at Dietz Stadium in the Class D state quarterfinals. Chester beat Tuckahoe 26-21 in last year’s state quarterfinals.
Haldane was held to just 118 total yards of offense. Tuckahoe’s Chris Corrado had two interceptions. One he returned 62 yards a 25-yard score by Penney-Laryea. He also intercepted a pass at the one in the final minute of the first half, which led to Penney-Laryea’s 99-yard Wildcat keeper.
Class A championship
Rye 35, Yorktown 14: At Mahopac High School, Andrew Livingston finished 8 for 11 for 257 yards and three touchdowns — scores of 64, 54 and 56 yards — to Tim DeGraw. Livingston’s second touchdown pass, a 54-yarder, broke Section 1’s all-time passing record, which was previously held by Briarcliff’s Rob Higle, and made Livingston the section’s first passer to ever produce two 2,000-yard seasons.
Livingston, the game’s most outstanding back, finished the night with 2,095 yards this season and 5,565 yards in his career, surpassing Higle’s mark of 5,469 yards. DeGraw also went over 1,000 receiving yards for the second straight year.
Livingston also rushed for a pair of early touchdowns to lift Rye to a 14-0 lead. The Garnets struck quickly after Tyler Sackett recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff when a designed squib kick hit a Yorktown player.
Yorktown’s Nick Santavicca rushed 26 times for 200 yards and caught three passes for another 45, but the Huskers could not keep up. After DeGraw took a screen pass for a 64-yard touchdown, Rye led 21-0 at the break. The Garnets added to their lead on the record-setting touchdown and went ahead 35-6 on DeGraw’s last touchdown — his third of 50-plus yards.
Rye will return to Mahopac next Saturday at noon to play Section 9 champ Cornwall in the state quarterfinals. Cornwall has won its last four meetings with Section 1 opponents, including each of the last three years.