Three Section 1 teams earned championships as history was made and records were broken. And Iona Prep and Stepinac moved one win closer to a possible all-Westchester CHSFL championship game.
Here’s a recap to all of this weekend’s coverage:
CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP: RYE 35, YORKTOWN 14
For a game that was supposed to be close — or perhaps even favor Yorktown, which entered as the only remaining unbeaten in the section — Rye took control immediately and maintained it throughout on Saturday night. The Garnets squibbed the opening kickoff and recovered it after the ball bounced off one of Yorktown’s upbacks. They scored on a fourth-down sneak and rolled from there, winning the program’s first championship since 2008 and its first in Class A.
The story was the continued dominance of Andrew Livingston and Tim DeGraw, who connected on touchdowns of 64, 54 and 56 yards. The second one, a 54-yard thing-of-beauty, gave Livingston’s Section 1’s all-time passing record, pushing him past Briarcliff’s Rob Higle.
Livingston (2,095 yards) surpassed last year’s yardage total and became the first Section 1 QB with two 2,000-yard seasons. He ended the night with 5,565 yards, 57 touchdowns and just six interceptions in 34 career games. Next up is Higle’s career TD record of 63.
Of course, Rye might have to reach the state final to even consider the touchdown record, but actually looked capable of that on Saturday. The Garnets will now be tasked with taking out Cornwall, which has not lost to a Section 1 team since Nyack in 2008.
You can watch Livingston and DeGraw — who went over 1,000 yards for the second straight year — talk about the win and the record here:
CLASS D CHAMPIONSHIP: TUCKAHOE 40, HALDANE 0
It was another game some expected to be close, but it was anything but. Haldane simply couldn’t contain a determined Enoch Penney-Laryea, who was an absolute force. He recorded four sacks and rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries as Tuckahoe rolled to its eighth win in the last 10 Class D championship games against Haldane.
Penney-Laryea had the play of the game right before halftime when he took a Wildcat snap and rumbled 99 yards to paydirt. The run was good for 27-0 halftime lead.
Tuckahoe will now play Chester, a team it once owned in the state playoffs. But the Tigers’ seven-game winning streak against the Section 9 champ was halted last year by Vinny Aloi, the record-setting QB who awaits again on Saturday.
CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP: JOHN JAY-EAST FISHKILL 13, ARLINGTON 3
It was a rugged, tight affair, but John Jay proved it was superior in the first all-Dutchess County final in Section 1 championship history. The championship was the first ever for John Jay, a program that has been built into a consistent Section 1 power under Tom O’Hare.
QB Ryan Schumacher threw two touchdown passes. The rest came of the back of a stout defensive performance that, essentially, allowed nothing outside of the 40-yard run by Austin Greene that set up a field goal.
Here are the photos from Daryl Bautista and video and story by Sean McMann, both of The Poughkeepsie Journal.
CHSFL AAA QUARTERFINALS: IONA PREP 41, HOLY TRINITY 6; STEPINAC 36, CARDINAL HAYES 22
If you expected Iona Prep to have the tougher game Sunday (I admit it: I did), you thought wrong. As Robert Madison, Dylan Mucci and the Gaels cruised in New Rochelle, Stepinac confronted a stubborn Hayes team up in White Plains. The Iona Prep sideline buzzed as Hayes pulled into a tie late in the third quarter. Then, the inevitable happened: Stepinac turned it on.
Here’s my story and Matt Brown’s photo gallery. The story covers mostly Iona’s fate — going to St. Anthony’s — and the surprising production of Mucci. But I also have the details on what Stepinac did late to survive, and why it was in a struggle in the first place.
Both semifinals are scheduled for Saturday. Stepinac will host St. Peter’s at 1 p.m. and Iona Prep will travel to St. Anthony’s at 2:30.